Those who have read Hive | Propolis have said they’ve been hooked right from the beginning. They describe it as a page turner with an amazing concept that is well-written, with deeply developed characters and moving drama. The book leaves them with a great anticipation for the next in the series.
Michelle Carrell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Starts off in 2015 and jumps to 2023 This could totally happen to us all and that is what makes this such an amazing read! Revolves around the story of a sick child, whose parents become beta testers for a new device called Hive so that they can afford to get her monthly treatments. Everything goes down hill after this noble act of love is committed. This story has an apocalyptic tone that chills the bones. This book also has QR codes that make this story even more eery and skin crawling. It is amazing; like a peak into our future. Scary and thrilling at the same time. I could not put this book down. I can’t wait for Act 2!
Jennifer Olson rated it 5 of 5 stars
I couldn’t put this book down. It advises you before the first chapter to install a QR scanner on your phone to scan the codes placed throughout the book to enhance your reading experience. At first, I wasn’t really keen on it, but curiosity took over, and I used them. I’m not sure how some of the sounds fit with corresponding passages, but they all definitely added a drama that enhanced the book. This book focuses on a story about a new technology that inexplicably tears a family apart. The youngest member of the family, Samantha, can not use this new technology, due to a medical condition. While drawing out one character of the book who is sheltered from this overpowering new device, there is new insight learned by the reader about how controlling this hive technology really is. Wonderfully written.
Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
I’ve always enjoyed the use of multi-media in books
This is a re-review after a complaint. I ordered the Kindle version. No qr codes. But after reading that version I ordered the paperback book. The story was that new and engrossing. I’ve always enjoyed the use of multi-media in books. This seems to be the best use so far. It just adds more to an already inventive story. Part 2 can’t come fast enough.
Jeremy Behne rated it 5 of 5 stars
This book is written in the style of so many short-satirical pieces, Daniel pokes fun at this new age of digital connection and what we have in turn loss. While some parts of me want to know more about the detail of Hive (how does it work, what was the fail rate, how did allergies get in the way etc.) the short and sweet introduction really gets the story rolling. After all no one asks Mikhail Bulgakov how he got the mans brain into the dog… (read it if you are not familiar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of…)
While the story is short it moves fast and sweeps you up quickly, the reader is left to fill in some of the blanks and fill in the story. Daniel does not give everything away, and in turn the reader is allowed to make the story their own, an inflective reading that make make you question you attachment to the media you have now.
The scans are a nice touch, sometimes they may seem a little out of place but for the most of the read it really helped to set the pace and immerse the reader in the story. I also think it works in an ingenious way: putting your phone in front of you…..more than once I thought Id like to read this in the hive instead of the paper copy I had…
I hope you will pick up the book or enjoyed it as much as I have. Look forward to reading more by Daniel.
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