Cyborgs, hackers, and priests… Oh my!
I read John Otte’s book, Numb, when it first came out. I found myself completely intrigued by the politics between the Ministrix and Praesidium. Not to mention the stories of the people whose lives became entangled in the political game being played! So when it was announced that another book was releasing in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Hive!
Zain is a young cyborg who suddenly becomes detached from the Hive and everything that she’s ever known. She’s alone, unsure of how the world works, and pregnant to boot. (The Hive sometimes uses members as surrogate mothers for outsiders who desire to “purchase” a child.) Her search for a way back to the Hive leads her to a hacker known as Scorn. Both of them are caught in the middle of a conflict between some of the biggest forces in the galaxy, and each of them wants Zain’s child.
The Hive may be the second book in the Ministrix series, but it’s not necessary to have read Numb in order to enjoy reading it. Though fans who have read the first book will look forward to revisiting a familiar universe! I was a bit concerned about the two main characters being teenagers, and whether it would make the story less interesting to a reader in her mid-thirties. That turned out not to be the case, and I did thoroughly enjoy reading through The Hive! My favorite part of the book was how Zain’s longing for the sense of “belonging” that she had while she was part of the Hive ended up being the beginning of her spiritual search for a better “collective”. There are very strong Christian themes throughout the book, but they fit in well with the overall story and don’t seem forced.
The one thing that disappointed me a little bit about The Hive was that while it took place in the same galaxy as Numb, there didn’t seem to be much else linking the two books together. That being said, The Hive certainly ended with the possibility of more of the story being told in another book. If there are additional books in the series, perhaps they will tie some of the threads from each book together.
I definitely had fun reading The Hive and hope that there are more books coming in this series. Fans of both science fiction, and political intrigue books will enjoy this latest book in the Ministrix series by John Otte. While this is a clean read, I’d still recommend it for older teens and adults simply because some of the themes touched upon are more than younger readers are perhaps ready for.
Stay tuned for my author interview with John Otte coming on October 15th!
Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.