Imagine a planet with two blazing suns. A world inhabited by mortals with flaming red hair, saffron colored skin, and violet eyes. A place where extreme and often violent weather conditions force the people underground where they will be safe...until the next furious storm strikes. This strange land is El Sod-A-Por, the ill-favored one, and in the far distance sits the Green Mountain, home of the Gods -- Gods who have no mercy. But everything changes when a fearless young man, Far-Awn, defies his father's warnings and travels tirelessly, in search of a star-shaped opalescent flower.
This miraculous plant becomes the source of never-ending food and can even be made into clear atmospheric domes, which enclose entire cities to ensure peace and protection.
Years later El Sod-A-Por is known as El Dorriane, the ideal, and Ras-Far, grandson of the revered Far-Awn, is king. The people happily live a life of plenty -- until an entire city is mysteriously wiped out. A civil war between the Upper and Lower Dorrianians ignites, forcing the king to send an entourage of the bravest and strongest men from each province to the Green Mountain to seek answers to this unexpected unrest.
Ras-Far's only child, the beautiful and headstrong Sharita, demands to go with the men across the arid desert plains to meet the Gods.
The handsome barbarian Dray-Gon, from Lower Dorriane, leads the expedition, but he sees the princess as an unnecessary burden. Now he will have to shield her from the ruthless sandstorms and evil outlaws who will attempt to enslave her at any opportunity. As the unprecedented journey begins, their love-hate relationship transforms into an enthralling passion, as the princess's icy exterior begins to thaw and Dray-Gon turns from a hard-edged savage into a gentle hero. But when they finally reach the Green Mountain, they are met with a shocking revelation that challenges everything they ever believed to be true....
Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.
While a teenager, Virginia suffered a tragic accident, falling down the stairs at her school and incurred severe back injuries. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Virginia excelled in school and, at fifteen, won a scholarship for writing a parody of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. She proudly earned her diploma from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. After graduation, she nurtured her artistic talent by completing a four-year correspondence art course while living at home with her family.
After William Andrews died in the late 1960s, Virginia helped to support herself and her mother through her extremely successful career as a commercial artist, portrait painter, and fashion illustrator.
Frustrated with the lack of creative satisfaction that her work provided, Virginia sought creative release through writing, which she did in secret. In 1972, she completed her first novel, The Gods of the Green Mountain [sic], a science-fantasy story. It was never published. Between 1972 and 1979, she wrote nine novels and twenty short stories, of which only one was published. "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night", a short fiction piece, was published in a pulp confession magazine.
Promise gleamed over the horizon for Virginia when she submitted a 290,000-word novel, The Obsessed, to a publishing company. She was told that the story had potential, but needed to be trimmed and spiced up a bit. She drafted a new outline in a single night and added "unspeakable things my mother didn't want me to write about." The ninety-eight-page revision was re-titled Flowers in the Attic and she was paid a $7,500 advance. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the bestseller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books.
Petals on the Wind, her sequel to Flowers, was published the next year, earning Virginia a $35,000 advance. The second book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks (Flowers also returned to the list). These first two novels alone sold over seven million copies in only two years. The third novel of the Dollanganger series, If There Be Thorns, was released in 1981, bringing Virginia a $75,000 advance. It reached No. 2 on many bestseller lists within its first two weeks.
Taking a break from the chronicles of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, Virginia published her one, and only, stand-alone novel, My Sweet Audrina, in 1982. The book welcomed an immediate success, topping the sales figures of her previous novels. Two years later, a fourth Dollanganger novel was released, Seeds of Yesterday. According to the New York Times, Seeds was the best-selling fiction paperback novel of 1984. Also in 1984, V.C. Andrews was named "Professional Woman of the Year" by the city of Norfolk, Virginia.
Upon Andrews's death in 1986, two final novels—Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts—were published. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V.C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by
I know a lot of people might look at this book and think "Sci-fi? By V.C. Andrews?". We all know she is the queen of incest drama stories, so how could she possibly hold up while writing a science-fiction novel? In all honesty, I really enjoyed this book. Yes it wasn't perfect in terms of the science behind it, but the story its self was enough to captivate me till the very end of the book. It was very refreshing after the tried and true formula Andrews used with all her other novels.
Warning Spoilers : "In every folklore tale there was some grain of truth hidden beneath all the nonsense." Gods of Green Mountain
I truly hope more people will actually discuss Gods of Green Mountain. VCA is often labelled as trashy, trivial and her "work thrives on manure". I hope to change a few minds at least.
VCA herself loved sci - fi and believe it or not the Dollanganger series has all the higher themes of sci- fi. Both Gods of Green mountain and the Dollanganger series shed some theories on creation. The Dollanganger series begins with the Biblical Big Question of Creation "Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What make st thou?" Isaiah 45:9
One of my favourite quotes from the Gods of Green Mountain is about creation and evolution.
"We are filling in the gap, from primitive peoples, into creatures near godlike." Ras- Fa
Compare that to a quote from of my favourite novel "Man is the bridge between ape and God" David Zindell - Neverness - Part of the Requiem for the Homosapiens series
My note to VCA fans : the Dollanganger series is a bridge to understanding sci - fi like Gods of Green Mountain, Dune, Terminator, The Matrix... oh, bloody hell all good sci- fi. It's a child's (adolescent human) manual to understand the God code - meant to awaken and evolve our minds.
This is part of my symbolic analysis on Gods of Green Mountain.
"Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles
What actually lead to the creation of intelligent life El Sod- A- Por is the landing of human beings who lost their planet, Earth and found a new home on an inhospitable planet. The DNA of humankind from Earth (particularly the dead astronaut) intermingled and seeded a species of new human hybrid life on that inhospitable planet. Those astronauts became their Gods or creators. The Starflower is also a product of that human landing on El Sod- A- Por. The Starflower symbolised an ability for life to survive against the odds. No matter how harsh the terrain was, it could grow and survive no matter what... It changed life on the planet and allowed the beings there a chance to change their circumstance and alter their course to one of prosperity.
Human Beings versus Natural Law If only they had puhlets instead of corrupt officials...
"Into his heat-crackled brain came the thought that animals were in some ways wiser than men...they held on to their instinctual behavior and trusted it, never doubting as men did" - Gods of Green Mountain
When the beings from El Sod- A - Por (now El Dorraine) travelled to earth prior to it's destruction (space travel allows you to go back in time), their gift to their creators was the Starflower. Humans because of their feelings of mistrust and fear however perceived the Starflower was a threat to them.... Maybe if they were in tune with nature and let sheep (puhlets) guide them.. Instead they used nuclear weapons (technology) to obliterate the Starflowers. The star flowers although they had the ability to survive any obstacle, felt unloved and unwanted succumbed to the dim despair (depression) and lost their will to survive.
"The pufars would have given so much, much more, if but allowed the chance. They were only plants, but they knew they weren't wanted; the dim-despairs overtook them, and they didn't struggle to live this time"- Gods of Green Mountain
Message : Life will endure no matter what the odds are provided that it has love and feels needed (something that is also a theme of Flowers in the Attic)
Humankind killing the StarFlowers is also symbolic of us trying to control and destroy nature. Humans pollute the air, water and soil and subsequently kill the planet's natural life sustaining qualities. Its a theme echoed throughout the Gods of Green mountain. The beings of El Sod-A- Por actually embrace nature after they return from the mountain and that saves them.
If only Humans had turned their fate around by embracing nature and reason, they would have been saved...
the Problem " The president met with his cabinet and other world leaders, and a few of the more daring scientists risked suggesting a few of the plants be saved for specimens. "Why not? We don't know if they are harmful." "But they are blooming already with eerie little white flowers that glow luminously in the night!" "Is that such a dreadful thing?" Apparently it was.
The Solution "never pass your judgment on anyone, or anything, until you yourself have seen and listened with those so-observing eyes, and so-discerning ears. Seek the truth for yourself, and ignore the gossip and rumors, and what you see on the news-reflector. Remember that it too can be biased in our favor, since we control it. And when your eyes and ears have given you the facts, use your heart as well as your brain when you draw conclusions." Gods of Green Mountain
The red (blood) planet that causes the destruction of Earth is very symbolic - Mars (God of War), its moons are DEIMOS (or Deimus) was the god (daimon) of fear, dread and terror) , and his twin -brother PHOBOS ((Phobus) of panic)) ...
In the end, the El Dorraines land on a desolate planet - TIME isn't a straight line, neither is CREATION - draw what you will from that :)
"In every folklore tale there was some grain of truth hidden beneath all the nonsense." Gods of Green Mountain
This is the bridge to explaining the 42 :)
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Although sci-fi is not my cup of tea, this book was written by the real VC Andrews and those are rare things so I decided to give it a try. Again it wasn't my kind of book, but I did enjoy parts of the story. The characters she created Far-Awn, Baka, Sharita all well drawn out, their flaws and imperfections making them seem more real. As with all books written by the real VC Andrews she put her heart and soul into creating the story, the world it's set in and the people who live in it and it shows. It is a shame she died so young who knows what her imagination could've dreamed up. Three and a half stars for being a decent book once you get past the sci-fi bits and for being a rare original story written by Andrews herself.
Ok. So I was one of the people who saw this and thought "Virginia Andrews and Sci-Fi.... that won't work"... having now read the book I hold up my hands and admit I was wrong.
Despite my reservations about this book it works on so many levels. I have no idea why it does but it does. When reading Virginia Andrews books you expect rape/incest/family secrets... The usual doom and gloom that we all know and love. Admittedly this has its fair share of doom and gloom when it depicts how awful their lives are at first but it's just an amazing story. I could barely put it down at times I really loved it. Refreshingly different to what I've come to expect from this author.
VC Andrews was a brilliant storyteller. Here, she creates a world where plants evolve into humans and then evolve into intelligent beings. She knew and understood so much. This book combines environmentalism, women's rights and the nature of life itself. I wish the estate would publish it in physical form. It's perfect for our era. VC Andrews was brilliant.
I finally got around to reading this novel that I was SOOO excited about when I discovered it existed several years ago. I am one of the masses who devoured V.C. Andrews's early series during my adolescence, eventually aging out of them but holding onto fond memories.
This wasn't amazing... but I'm glad I read it. I'm sad that there aren't more meaty reviews here on Goodreads to see if others had my same gripes (and praise) about it. The basic idea of the story is a good one, and it's really a classic sci-fi tale that reminds me a bit of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles (which is brilliant). But fleshed out, the majority of the tale felt too long, while the ending/epilogue rushed. There were sections that were very engaging and thought provoking, but also sections that left me wondering when we'd get to something more interesting. I'm sorry that V.C. didn't live long enough to work with editors to polish it more, because I think the meat of a really good novel is in there; it's just hiding within an OK one.
My overarching gripe was the implausible timeline of everything. I totally get that time is relative to size (I learned a few things from Crichton's Micro, even if it was pretty lame overall), and that generations could have passed for one species while only a few years have passed in a human's existence. But the idea that a species could evolve from subsistence farming and barely propagating the species to televisions and flying cars in two generations just felt silly. Later advances at the end of the book also seemed magically fast.
The writing also felt formal (dare I say, biblical?) almost like a narrator for a serious documentary: "In the beginning, God created heaven and earth". Parts of the story where we're given the highlights over long periods really did seem like a bible story now that I think about it... I realize that first person wouldn't work for this story at all, but every other V.C. Andrews novel reads like a memoir, and she really excels in that domain.
Most people know V.C. Andrews as the one who wrote that absolutely shocking book about children committing incest after being locked in an attic.
However, V.C. Andrews had dreams bigger than Flowers in the Attic, as evinced by this science fiction book. She had a couple of other novels in fantasy and historical fiction, but THESE have yet to be released, this is the only non-family Gothic book by her that has been released as of this date.
For those familiar with her family gothic books, this book will take some getting used to. This book is VERY much science fiction, with an alien race, and alien protagonists on a quest to solve a problem that is placing their world at risk. However, I feel that this book definitely stands well on its own, and it is a shame that as of this date (February 2017) this book is still only available in e-book. I would be the first in line to pay for a paperback version of this book, as well as the rest of her unpublished novels.
V.C. Andrews apparently said this was one of her favourites, and made her brothers promise it be published. An ebook is kind of a disappointing way to follow through, but at least it gives people a chance to read it.
Not that it's saying much, given her other work, but I think this is the best things she's written. I don't want to spoil it, because I honestly enjoyed it greatly - and while I guessed on a few things that ended up being correct, I was never really positive.
Read it if you can enjoy a simple sci fi tale, which lacks obligatory incest etc of Andrews "normal" books.
I would have never had expected Andrews to try her hand at a sci-fi novel. What we have here is something different and truly in her style as she writes her usual family saga - set in a different world altogether.
The book was different, a tad interesting; but so far off base from her regular writing. Not impressed with this one, the time span throughout the book was rushed; I didn't feel she spent enough on the characters at the beginning; just wasn't real impressed, this book didn't hold my interest like every other book she has written; and I have read almost all of them. But I am a HUGE fan of VC Andrews, so I will continue to read her work, hopefully they will be along the lines of her normal story telling.
I would probably give this one 2-1/2 stars if Goodreads would allow. The writing is terrible. The story is a total disaster. The characters are wooden. The things they do are just bizarre. However...I had to keep reading until the end. It was like a train wreck. And there were a few small things I liked. But overall, what a mess.
Wow! What a phenomenal take on life as we ponder it! This is not my normal go to for reading but I am so glad I did! I am in awe! I would say this is a sort of "Si-
Fi/Fantasy version of the creation of human life? Or not? You will have to read to decide for yourself. Normally, I would not open up a book of this genre. Thanks to this fabulous author, I did! I am grateful too!
If 1/2 stars were possible, I would have given this 3.5 stars instead of 4. This book did take a while for me to get into but once the real main characters were introduced, it became an easy read. Some things were a bit predictable but that is to be expected with any V.C. Andrews book.
Another plus was that it read as though it was actually written by her instead of a ghost writer. Since it was published after her death, it is hard to determine the validity of the claim that this book was written before her passing.
After reading the Dawn and Heaven series as a teen I decided to read this one because it was from the author herself and not the ghostwriter. It was not in the least what I expected. Although I enjoyed the story line I found it a bit hard to get into and the ending somewhat lacking. I think Capturing Angels will be the next on my list.
one of the best, most loved series/authors of all time. V.C. Andrews books are something so easily recognizable and new books continue to evolve to go with the times and bring in a whole new generation of loving readers
I tried reading this novel by V. C. Andrews after I had found out it was one of novels that was never published before her death. As much as I love her (orginial) writing I just couldn't get into this book. I think it was because it was science fiction and I don't typically read that genre.
This book was amazing. It was very hard to put down. Like always v.c Andrews never leaves a reader disappointed. It was interesting reading this book that she wrote and keeping in mind it's genre, sci-fi. I enjoyed this book so much that I wouldn't mind re- reading it in the future. The end made me sad because it was about something not being wanted. I don't want to give spoilers.