The Last Beekeeper
by Julie Carrick Dalton
Publication Date March 7, 2023
Published by Tor Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Nature & the Environment, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Julie Carrick Dalton's The Last Beekeeper is a celebration of found family, an exploration of truth versus power, and the triumph of hope in the face of despair.
"Fans of Delia Owens will swoon to find their new favorite author.” (Hank Phillippi Ryan)
It’s been more than a decade since the world has come undone, and Sasha Severn has returned to her childhood home with one goal in mind—find the mythic research her father, the infamous Last Beekeeper, hid before he was incarcerated. There, Sasha is confronted with a group of squatters who have claimed the quiet, idyllic farm as their own. While she initially feels threatened, the group soon becomes her newfound family, offering what she hasn't felt since her father was imprisoned: security and hope. Maybe it's time to forget the family secrets buried on the farm and focus on her future.
But just as she settles into her new life, Sasha witnesses the impossible. She sees a honey bee, presumed extinct. People who claim to see bees are ridiculed and silenced for reasons Sasha doesn't understand, but she can't shake the feeling that this impossible bee is connected to her father's missing research. Fighting to uncover the truth could shatter Sasha's fragile security and threaten the lives of her newfound family—or it could save them all.
Julie Carrick Dalton's The Last Beekeeper is a celebration of found family, an exploration of truth versus power, and the triumph of hope in the face of despair. It is a meditation on forgiveness and redemption and a reminder to cherish the beauty that still exists in this fragile world.
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The Last Beekeeper by Julie Carrick Dalton is a book set in a dystopian future after an agricultural crisis has hit the world. This gripping story follows one woman who must make a choice to save the world or save herself.
Years after the world’s food supply collapsed, Sasha Severn returns to her childhood farm to find the research her father had completed before he became incarcerated.
When Sasha arrives at her family’s farm, she finds a group of squatters who have claimed the farm as their own. At first, she’s terrified, but eventually, she becomes one of them and together they form a family that works together for survival.
But, when Sasha finds the impossible, a bee, she has to decide whether to break up her stability or fight for a better world for everyone.
The Last Beekeeper shows us what could happen to the world without pollinators and how our food system could collapse without them. I love that the main character is a courageous young woman with determination and grit. I loved Sasha and sympathized with her fear as well as her tenacity to find her father’s research and find the bees.
The story is set in two timelines. Sasha when she was 11 and working with her father and Sasha at 22, now an adult working to survive. In this case, the timelines were both important. I loved the earlier timeline where I could see the father and daughter working together and I could see their love for each other as Sasha’s father taught her about the bees. And then the later timeline where Sasha has to navigate the world without him and find a way to continue his research and save the world.
I highly recommend The Last Beekeeper to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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