Book Title: Panther in the Hive
Author: Olivia Cole
Book Description: Panther in the Hive is at once an unforgettable coming-of-age story and a captivating vision of an unsettling future. Tasha Lockett, orphan, oddball, and former fashion addict, is alone in a Chicago overrun with citizens-turned-weapons, the result of the cybertronic disaster that brought the country to its knees four days ago. When Tasha receives a letter from her estranged sister warning her of the catastrophe and urging her to travel to the South Side where there is rumored to be a safe zone, Tasha must face what the world has become. With only her precious Prada backpack and a sturdy kitchen knife, she embarks on an epic journey through the wasteland Chicago has become, forming alliances and discovering that although the world may be in pieces, she might still become whole. Readers who enjoy the likes of Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler will enjoy this coming of age adventure in a not-quite unrealistic setting. Readers have called Panther in the Hive “the intersection of I Am Legend and The Devil Wears Prada.”
You HAVE to read this book! I’m so glad I stumbled across it while reading a Huffington Post article. I typically don’t read Sci-Fi. Like ever. But I’ve heard from a few of my fellow writer friends that they don’t read books in the genre they write in because they don’t want their work to be influenced. So I thought, why not take a leap of faith and read a Sci-Fi book?
Best. Decision. Ever.
This story gripped me from the first page and held my attention until the very last word. That’s saying a lot because the book is 472 pages long. Don’t let that intimidate you, because there’s so much action the pages turn themselves. You’d think that with a bunch of zombie like shenanigans, there wouldn’t be much room for depth. You’d be wrong. Cole manages to delve into the topics of socialism, racial stereotypes, elitism, and propaganda. All while showing the evolution of her protagonist, Tasha, from a superficial label whore to a confident woman finally comfortable in the skin she was born in.
You’ll root for Tasha. You’ll question your own superficiality. You’ll think about investing in a really good kitchen knife set. Chick Lit meets Sci-Fi and they have a genius baby: Panther in the Hive. Read it. You won’t regret it.
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Have you ever read a book that surprised you? How often do you read a book outside of your typical genre? Do you agree with the advice to avoid reading books in your genre when writing?