A. J. Betts


July 2018

$16.99 AU

264p pb

ISBN: 978-1760556433

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Hayley lives in a simple world, with simple people, and leads a simple life. But all this simplicity crumbled with one very simple thing. A drip from the ceiling. It only took one drip, one boy, and one death for Hayley to be treated for madness that she never had to begin with.

Hive by A. J. Betts is a dystopian novel about a girl called Hayley who lives in a small, hexagonal world with very strict rules. I would recommend this book to older audiences (12 or 13 +), because of some mature themes and a few graphic scenes. The language is quite simple, and harder words can be easily looked up or inferred from the text. There are also some moral themes such as friendship and the consequences of lying, that are mixed in with beautiful imagery and word choice. Overall, Hive is a wonderful book for those who love dystopian stories or want to try something new and exciting. This book is the first in a two-part series.

Freya, age 12

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