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.
Also by Julie Carrick Dalton:
Waiting for the Night Song
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.
Have you read The Last Beekeeper?
That cover! Amazing! The book sounds fascinating too.
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Ooh, this sounds good! I love the found family trope.
Yes, the found family is wonderful
I love stories about found family. 🤗
Me too! Thank you!
Fab review! I love the sound of this one.
Thank you, Yvonne!
This is completely new to me and right in my wheelhouse. Love your review Wendy!
Thank you, Kimberly.
This looks good and I love the look of the cover. I haven’t read much dystopian fiction and this is definitely an interesting take.
I hope you enjoy it if you try it
This sounds so interesting. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR.
I hope you enjoy it.
I haven’t read many environmental fictions. this sounds really good. Amazing review!
It was really good. Thank you, Yesha
Sounds like a really good book.
It is, Thank you!
This is scary because it could actually happen. We need bees to survive. I’m not afraid of bees and I try and plant things they like. Sounds like a great story. I’ll check this one out.
Thank you, Rachel. My husband has a beehive in our backyard and I’m not afraid of bees anymore now that I’ve been around them a lot.
Beautiful cover! I used to be all about the dystopian stories! Now I think I like watching them instead of reading. Great review!
Thank you, Lisa!
This sounds interesting and scary at the same time.
Yes, it was both
I love a good found family book. And I echo the comment above about bees- they’re fascinating but I’m a little leery of them after getting stung like 30 times as a kid. It was my fault though- I got way too close to a nest lol.
Oh wow! Being stung over and over again would make me scared of them too
This sounds like a fascinating read, but also scary in ways I don’t even want to think about. Great review.
Thank you, Deanna
I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before, especially when it comes to the topic of bees and pollination. They do play an important role in our system! Great review!
It was an interesting book
Wonderful review Wendy! Scary stuff for sure!💜
Thank you, Susan
This sounds fascinating! I’m absolutely terrified of bees (like, the way some people act with spiders and snakes – that’s me with bees. I can’t handle them at ALL), so maybe this book would help me appreciate them a little more? Haha! It certainly has an interesting plot. I loved reading your thoughts about it!
I”m not sure the book would help you accept bees or make you even more terrified!
I enjoyed reading this wonderful review Wendy. I’m glad that you liked this book.
Thank you, Jodie
I didn’t realize that this was a dystopian novel when I saw it. It sounds like a wonderful story. Excellent review!
Thank you, Tessa. I didn’t realize it either.
This sounds like a great story, Wendy. It is also very scary to think that this really could happen, especially with the decline we have had with bees over the last few years. Great review.
Thank you, Carla
Dystopian is such a blast to read, and I need this book. Wonderful review!
I don’t read much dystopian, but I sure enjoyed this one
This sounds great, Wendy. Just put it on my TBR list!
Thank you, I hope you enjoy it
This one sounds brilliant and I love that cover. A great review Wendy.
Thank you, Janette
It’s such a scary scenario.
Yes it is
My dad keeps bees so this one appeals to me.
It’s interesting to think about what could happen without bees.
I have read more dystopian fiction lately, although I find them very scary a lot of the time, as it makes you think about how different life could be, great review 😊
I agree, it’s scary to think of all the things that could happen