Hive Future Questions

I get a lot of questions about the Hive Mind Future – which is definitely wonderful! – but it’s getting hard to keep up with them. There’s also the problem that I get variations of the same question in comments on different website pages as well as through my contact form.

I thought I’d experiment with a new system, where all the questions are gathered together so everyone can see the answers. If you have a question that’s specifically about details of the Hive Mind Future,  please post it as a comment on this page. Just have one question, or a very closely related group of two or three questions, per comment please. That way if I’m short of time, I can pick out a few of the questions that I think will interest most people.

As always, the answer to many questions will be that it’s a spoiler for future books. In the case where something is a spoiler for an existing published book, I may try giving the book/chapter reference. I’ll just have to experiment to see what works best.

35 Responses to Hive Future Questions

  1. Loren says:

    I have a feeling that the real driver for the existence of the hive cities was environmental catastrophe. Am I close?

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    • In Telepath, Lucas talks about a period of high crime and major pollution-related health issues. In Hurricane, Juniper refers to a long ago period of great storms. There should be a reference in Adversary, but it won’t be very helpful because the Hive is deliberately making it incomprehensible. Basically, environmental issues were a major driving force, and arguably caused some of the other contributing factors.


  2. Kitty says:

    What is the established progression of romantic relationships? It seems that Megan and Adika didn’t have to follow any sort of progression before getting engaged. How is it different with Amber and Lucas?

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    • There’ll be a whole relevant section about relationship progression near the start of the next book, Adversary. Basically, Amber and Lucas are in a very different situation from Megan and Adika because of the age-related expectations and pressures of Hive society.


  3. Elizabeth says:

    From Telepath we know how the Lottery works in 2532. But how much is it different from the first Lottery that took place in the Hive World? For example, I can assume that the recommendation about minimal communication between the Lottery candidates may not have existed initially and was introduced after some unwanted side effects took place after some Lottery (similar to the “telepaths must never meet” rule).
    Moreover, is the Lottery process required to be identical in all hives or hives are allowed to make small changes (such as Lucases idea to allow Sea Farm teens to not accept their lottery results) as long as they do not change the core part of the process? Or it must be identical in all hives, but some hives make changes and hide them from the JHT?
    Also, when the Lottery detects a person with telepathic abilities, the standard sequence of tests is replaced by a special one, designed to destroy the barrier that protects the telepath from the minds of the hive citizens. Is this the only case where the lottery process doesn’t follow the standard path?


    • Ach, this one has been awaiting an answer for a while. Apologies that I’ve had real life stuff as well as preparing a book for publication.

      Lottery has changed extensively since it was first introduced, and is still continually being improved. Part of Lucas’s job is to watch for failures of Lottery and suggest improvements.

      All Hives have some form of Lottery. Joint Hive Treaty doesn’t specify the exact form of that Lottery. There is a rule that anyone being traded between Hives has to have their abilities advertised using a standardized measuring system.

      When Lottery detects a person with telepathic abilities, the standard sequence of tests is replaced by a special one. This can happen for people with other exceptional abilities as well.


  4. Jason says:

    I love the hive books and while I know your super busy on the other series. I am hopeful that maybe a hive book this year. 😊

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    As we know from the books, Hive England has an adoption system for duty children. But what does the Hive do for orphans?
    For example, if the parents of a child from the 20th level die protecting the Hive, or a child lost their parents for some medical reasons, where will they go? Are there some sort of foster families and/or orphanages or is the system more different from the 21st century? I’m sure that the Hive will give them all the psychological help that they need, but what else?


    • There’d be a full assessment of the child and their situation. Teens would normally continue on Teen Level with additional professional support. Younger children would normally go through the equivalent of adoption into a compatible family of the same level as their parents, though exceptions could be made for being adopted by a well-known relative. In occasional cases, what is best for the Hive would outweigh what is best for the child.


  6. Elizabeth says:

    How does Telepathy work when the true telepath is a disabled person? For example, is a true telepath blind from birth able to see something when reading the mind of another person?


    • When a telepath reads another person’s mind, they can share their senses. Seeing the view from their eyes, hearing the sounds they hear, picking up the clues of taste, touch, and scent to work out the person’s location. A telepath who was blind from birth would be able to see the view from another person’s eyes, just as Amber shared Beckett’s sensory overload when she read his mind. Of course a telepath who was blind from birth would need time to learn how to interpret visual images.


  7. Gillian says:

    Is Amber’s hive Hive England? I’ve seen a few wikis, fanfics etc say it is, but in my reading I’d the books it came across as how the old concept of countries worked, and their hive is called something different (ie when they say Hive England does this or that in bookettes, rather than just THE hive, or OUR hive)


    • Amber’s Hive city encourages its citizens to think of it as their whole world, so they normally just refer to it as the Hive. There are tiny flags that it is currently called Hive England. It would have had a different name during the early days before all ten zones were built. There should be more about this in future books.


  8. Gillian says:

    Do you have an idea of whereabouts the Hive is? Presumably near the coast of England, and the name Perran makes me think perhaps Cornwall? Especially so the fishing fleets can access the North Sea etc

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  9. Jason Cole says:

    I always love the Hive Books. I am re-reading the series now that I Upgraded from ebook to paperback.

    I know you are super busy, but is there any chance that the next hive book could still be this year?



  10. Wesley says:

    Are there any significantly large non-hive aligned populations left in the world? Do they interact with the hive society? You’ve mentioned hive treaty signatories, but is there possible conflict with those not governed by it.

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    • I’m afraid this is a question I can’t answer at this point. As the series progresses, the reader is gradually discovering more about what is going on in the world outside the Hive along with Amber. I can say that Amber will be learning some important details in book 5. 🙂


  11. Gillian says:

    This may be explored in the next book, but where are Hive Treaty Enforcement based? On the one hand it seems they wouldn’t want to be spread across all the home Hives, particularly with regards to secure systems and impartiality, but equally having all of them in their own mini hive (like level 20) seems like that could end up with a disproportionate amount of power, as they would also presumably want schools, manufacture etc

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  12. Tempest says:

    As we all know, telepaths must never meet. I won’t get into why as there are many reasons, including a secret ;). Something I’ve been wondering is about the lack of guidance telepaths struggle through when becoming an official telepath. Yes, the Hive has it’s method to introduce, instruct, guide, etc. new telepaths but, as Amber’s journey points out, there are some things that are only realized by the telepaths themselves. Amber first wishes to speak with another telepath to help her understand her ability, especially since telepaths are not imprinted. This isn’t possible because of hive policy.

    My question is, after all this time, rather than relying on the staff to help a new telepath, why haven’t previous telepaths created a guide for new ones to reference? Some things can be excluded of course, such as [spoiler] each telepath needs to find their own way of purging themselves of echoes. Each method is different because each telepath is different. How previous telepaths have cured themselves of echo personalities can be excluded but the reason it’s excluded could be included to help new telepaths when they begin to experience fractures. The major important steps and lessons Amber has experienced or learned, she could compile into a guide for future telepaths to read, to feel less adrift. I think it’s also a major benefit coming from her as not only she the newest telepath so it’s fresh but she also has such a deep level of telepathy she could create something beyond her physical age to be of assurance to new telepaths.

    If there is opposition to this, Amber could argue that she isn’t meeting any of the telepaths and the hive will naturally review the guide before approving it.


    • Amber hasn’t thought of creating a guide for new telepaths herself, because she feels she still knows very little about being a telepath. If she did think of creating such a guide, I don’t think she’d make the mistake of suggesting it officially. Amber knows that the Hive strictly controls the knowledge supplied to its citizens. She’d realize that suggesting she should supply information to other telepaths would be met with a firm refusal. The Hive has already decided what knowledge is safe to be given to telepaths and included it in the imprints of Telepath Unit staff. The Hive knows best in this matter.

      What you could describe as the senior telepaths at this point are Sapphire and Morton. It’s far more likely that Amber would consider contacting them and suggesting they create a guide to be given to new telepaths using their secret communications channel. Sapphire and Morton would tell her it was a bad idea though. Any guide would only be useful to very new telepaths, and they don’t normally have any contact with them.

      In Sapphire’s first call to Amber she says this:- “In normal circumstances, I wouldn’t even call you until you’d completed your telepathic development.” Later on, Morton spells the situation out rather more brutally. “Always remember that the greatest danger to a telepath is another telepath.”

      Basically, the senior telepaths refuse to take the risk of contacting new telepaths until they know what type of person they’re dealing with. At the absolute minimum, there’s a danger that the new telepath could accidentally give away the fact that telepaths have a secret communication channel. If the new telepath turns out to be another Keith or worse, then there could be far more serious consequences.


  13. ianbirchenough7713 says:

    You mentioned that Hive Genex is part of the Genetics group. Can you say what other groups there are? what aims they follow? I take it from the general ignorance of other celestial bodies that Space exploration is a forgotten area. Is Joint treaty enforcement responsible for Meteor watch etc? If the hive had to send away for specialist treatments for the smoke inhalation casualties from a specialist hive does Hive England have a specialist area it provides to other Hive Cities. Sorry I seem to be having a rush of questions this morning.


    • There will be a lot more about other Hives and Joint Hive Treaty enforcement unfolding in the coming books. Hive England does have a specialist area. Possibly there hasn’t been a moment where it is actually stated, but people effectively refer to it whenever they say “Waste it!”

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  14. ianbirchenough7713 says:

    Will we be hearing more of the Council of Gaia in ‘Adversary’?


  15. ianbirchenough7713 says:

    Oh No!

    I’ll just shut up and let you get on with it.



  16. Jerry says:

    The real mystery is what keeps Hive England from becoming dystopian. It has all the elements. Secret telepaths run around reading people’s minds. There is a hidden leadership. Children are brainwashed to be afraid to go outside and that the “hive knows best”. But all of this is to keep them safe and happy rather than support a totalitarian regime.

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    • There is one major thing stopping Hive England from becoming a true dystopia where people live in fear and misery. Hive England has learned that people are far more productive when they are safe, happy, and love their work.


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