Dawn of the Hives
eBook (PDF), 84 Pages
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Jan 4, 2013Cultish, militarized "Hives" try to take over civilization, with some Star Wars action thrown in. The narrative is a vehicle for character sketches and pithy observations about the human condition, particularly evolution and individuality. This compares in several ways to Brave New World. And, like Aldous Huxley, Ms. Troup loves wordplay. (A "dyeing sun" colors the sunset.) It's fun to come across her freshly coined phrases. I give it four stars because it's still a work in progress.
Jan 3, 2013In her novel, "Dawn of the Hives" Rebecca Troup paints a dank, bleak, other-worldly...yet frighteningly familiar landscape of violence, survival, and the ability (...and sometimes non-ability) of the human condition to adapt. Presented in first person, a young woman, called 53, tells in a detailed and artful story of her world. Her voice is detached-yet oddly vulnerable, juxtaposing both the horrific and the beautiful...demonstrating to us all that under the worst of circumstances, no form of government, no matter how cruel, can break the human spirit. Once you begin to read this science/horror...you will not be able to stop.
Jan 2, 2013Dawn of the Hives tells the story of the need to dominate and control in order to maintain the status quo. There is a clash of two cultures; the Hive and the Humans. On the surface, these appear to be as different as night and day; when the reality is one in the same. Both have those that subjugate and those that are subjugated. The Hive seems is logical, calculated, and cold. The Humans are much like ourselves, but their mind control is less obvious. Humans are told what they are like and what they should strive to be through art, poetry, and other things of value as prescribed by social contracts of our cultures. The evolution of the Homo totak is representative of how the basic needs of humans to belong, to control, and/or be controlled remains the same whether it is barbaric and obvious or more subtle.
Jan 2, 2013Unlike most maggots, unbeknownst to her, maggot 53 has long life ahead of her. 53 is her name, for all in the hive are numbered and not named. Unity, perfection, equality, and names indicated individuality, something that was shunned. For 500 years humanity struggled to fight against the hives, a culture that had slowly built up over the decades, built on the model of bees—and that was the set hierarchy: Maggot, Bee, Queen, and Master Hive. Few rarely made it beyond the level of maggot due termination if any sort of imperfection surfaced, and 53 was determined to be nothing short of perfect. Eventually her skills are recognized and she is promoted to the rank of bee and given the task of engineer. Again her skills are recognized, and she is given the dangerous task of infiltrating a community of Freers, humans still living outside the hive world, free from the forced life of the hive, striving to fight the hive and return humanity to its former way of life. While in the world of the... More > Freers 53 is forced to become one of them; she takes a human name, and she is faced with human emotions, something she has spent her entire life ignoring and forcing from her system. 53 struggles with her repressed humanity, even after her mission has ended and declared a blinding success—the Master hives used the knowledge gained from her experiences to nearly wipe out all of the remaining free humans. But, will humanity survive a near extinction? What of 53? Will she be able to fight off human emotions, or will she succumb and join them? Dawn of the Hives is a great read that will have you examining your own morals and beliefs. Definitely a page turner.< Less
Jan 1, 2013A must-read for any science fiction lover. Well-developed plot, lots of suspense, and a very original story.
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