I was surprisingly impressed by the framing sequence also; which actually had me a little misty eyed. But then the whole world within the frame was a full epic adventure of struggle of Flora 717 who found reason to love at every turn, despite having secrets that should break many of her people. It set me up for those few happy tears.
I greatly enjoyed this furry novel about bees.
(I had test embedded a previous review, but I have since forgotten how to do it. Typical)