PERILOUS: Hive Mind A Prequel Novella

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ISBN: 1976565456

ISBN-13: 978-1976565458

US Trade Paperback, Size: 6″ x 9″

Page Count: 178

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Now also available as a case laminate hardcover from limited outlets

ISBN-13: 979-8483730118

Page Count: 178

Note that the cover art is printed directly onto the book. There is no separate paper cover. The book is only fractionally larger than the paperback and has a virtually identical interior.

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Set in the Hive Future

Amber is one of over a million seventeen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s worried that she only has a year left before she enters the Lottery of 2532 to have her abilities assessed. Lottery will decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life.

Amber fears that her lack of any obvious talent will mean she’s sent down into the depths of the hive, but her friend, Forge, is addicted to taking risks. When Forge chooses exactly the wrong moment to put himself in danger, Amber must stop worrying about the future, and concentrate on surviving the present.

Cover depicts Forge

Cover art (C) Janet Edwards 2017, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

Books In Brogan “If you loved Telepath don’t miss this one it gives some great back story.” See review

9 Responses to PERILOUS

  1. Jeff Buckland says:

    Thank you for this, Janet. Up to chapter 5 (great so far) and also looking forward to the new books promised in your news letter.


  2. Yasmina says:

    I really like this new novella from the Hive universe. I’ve read it in one day, although I wanted to last a while. 😉
    I learned some interesting new facts about the Hive Future, and I was a little sad when I finished it. 😊
    I’m looking forward to the second Hive novel and wish you a great time with Amber and her friends!


    • I’m glad you enjoyed the novella, Yasmina. If only I could write as fast as people can read. 😀


      • Sarah says:

        Well, there’s always rereading … that’s what I’m up to right now.
        I’m definitely looking forward to Defender!

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      • Jeff Buckland says:

        I have also reread all of Janet’s books.
        By chance I had just read Telepath (again) when Perilous came out so reread all of the Earth Girl stories next. Then Reaper and Scavenger before rereading Perilous and Telepath.
        I must have read Earth Girl eight times now and am still hoping for a new Jarra story.
        By the way, do you think there might be something a little creepy about a 64 year old disabled man being so fascinate about stories featuring teenage girls?!


      • I like to think of my target audience as including everyone with an imagination and a spirit of adventure, and I’ve heard from readers of all ages from ten to over ninety, with a huge variety of backgrounds. I’m sure you fit in perfectly, Jeff.


  3. Rachel G says:

    I loved this; it was such a fun read! Then I read the blurb for Defender. The “someone she knows” had better not be Atticus! I will cry so hard! I like Amber with Lucas just fine, but there’s no need to go killing off former dates, especially when they’re as nice as Atticus. I hope I’m wrong, but the blurb has me quite worried for him.

    I’m curious about something. Actually, I wondered about it in Telepath, but it seemed so much more blatant in Perilous. Anyhow, why does the hive need different classes? I get that everyone winds up better off than in teen level, but, if the hive is so good at finding everyone their perfect career, and it’s in the best interest of the hive to have everyone performing their job optimally, why have such a luxury difference between level 1 and level 97? Not only in apartment size, which I can maybe understand if there are fewer high level jobs than low level, but even in access to drinks. Level 93 only gets three flavors of drinks? Why? Would it really be such a strain on hive resources to let them have melon flavored drinks too? And the higher you go, the more goods you have access to, so much that Atticus could get a pretty accurate approximation of everyone’s former level. What is the logic for setting up the hive that way?

    P.S. I have really loved all of your books. Thanks for providing me with so much entertaining reading material.


    • Sadly I have to be really mean and not say anything about Defender to avoid giving spoilers when the book isn’t even out yet. Sorry about that.

      The luxury differences in the Hive are partly due to the fact it wouldn’t be possible to provide some luxury goods to all one hundred million people. However, the main reason is that everyone has the right under Joint Hive Treaty to request to move to another Hive. If everyone in the Hive had exactly the same accommodation and lifestyle, then people with rare and vital skills might ask to move Hive to somewhere they’d be better rewarded.

      Therefore the more useful someone is to the Hive, the higher their level, and the more luxuries they get to keep them happy. However, as Lucas says somewhere in Telepath, the luxury differentials between levels are carefully limited to avoid fuelling discontent, and even the lowest level workers are never homeless, jobless, starving, or left without medical care. So despite it’s focus on levels, the Hive is actually quite an egalitarian society in some ways.


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