This story tells three slightly connected stories. One in the 1800s we meet the inventor of modern beehives, desperately trying to keep his son on the straight and narrow. In modern times another father is trying to keep his beehive business afloat while trying to influence his son into following into his footsteps. Then we get a glance into a futuristic China - where pollination is done by people in a ruined economy.
I just felt all a bit disconnected from all the characters. I kept waiting for the twist, that bit of magic that holds a book together, but for me it just seemed to plod on and I have walked away not really understanding what I should have taken away from this novel. 2/5