Rivera Sun’s The Dandelion Insurrection reviewed by Guadamour

The Dandelion Insurrection by Rivera Sun

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 6, 2013

The Iron Heel by Jack London published in 1908, arguably the first dystopian novel, describes a totalitarian fascist state in the US which London felt would come to pass by 1913-14. George Orwell acknowledged the influence of The Iron Heel on his great work,1984. London was off with the dates, though the passage of The Federal Reserve Act, and the Federal Income Tax in 1913 sets the stage for the eventual corporate takeover of the world.

In her latest novel, The Dandelion Insurrection – Love and Revolution (Rising Sun Press, 2013), Rivera Sun paints a bleak and believable picture of modern day USA with a Martial law controlled population fed a diet of fear mongering by government and corporate media which allows the few to accumulate untold wealth, Sun’s painting is as stark as that depicted by Philip K. Dick in his book, The Man In The High Tower, where he describes an occupied country controlled by the Germans and Japanese who won WWII.

Fortunately, Sun does not dwell on the darkness and seemingly hopelessness of the situation. She offers hope, viable and realistic as that described by Jack London in his 1907 book, The Road, where a tramp, a hobo, goes up to a doctor in Kansas to seek medical help for an injured companion. The doctor takes one look at him and how shabbily he is dressed, knowing he has no money to pay for his services. Before he can turn away in disgust, the hobo recites the entire Hippocratic Oath to him, which has everything to do with helping and healing his fellow man, and nothing to do with money. Needless to say, the doctor treats his companion.

The two improbable main characters of this well written novel are, Charlie Rider (aka The Man From The North) a young man of Acadian French extraction from a small town along the Maine Canadian border. Censorship is in effect for anything which criticizes the government and Charlie regularly writes about the abuses of the government and has the articles smuggled into the country through Canada. Zadie Byrd Gray, the other main character, is also of Acadian French heritage. She is from the same small town as Charlie, who has been in love with her all his life, though she ran away at sixteen and went to the big city where she made many contacts, became a prostitute and had two abortions, though she never lost the sense of confidence in herself or hope. It is primarily through her contacts the Dandelion Insurrection takes place.

The aptly named Dandelion Insurrection is primarily about people making people to people connections, and cutting the government and corporations out of the equation. Since every part of the dandelion, which is primarily thought of as a weed, is edible and medicinal, that allows for a lot of contacts: contacts with the wealthy, the undocumented, the every day worker, the farmer, even police officers and soldiers. After all, the dandelion is closely related to milkweed, the food of preference for Monarch butterflies, and when milkweed is not available, the butterflies have been known to feed on dandelion. Dandelion seeds, small feathery airborne particles propagating and fertilizing the world, a plant world internet.

This enjoyable readable book is highly recommended. With all its twists of plot, and myriad of very real characters, it not only entertains, it offers a lot of insights as to how the citizens of the US and the world can reclaim their country from the corporations and political stooges which have taken over. Everyone interested in change should read it.

The one criticism this reviewer offers is a minor one of style. Too many similes are used which compares one thing with another as opposed to a straight forward and stronger description.


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  29. Thank you so much, Guadamour and Dandelion Salad, not just for posting this kind review, but also the link to where people can get advance copies of the novel. Many people have already received their books and this is what they’re saying;

    “We’ve been looking for answers, and this book has them. On a deep level, it also encourages the reader to develop his/her own improvements to these strategies; it leaves us overflowing with possibility.”

    “The strategies, the hope, the love, the revolution are inside us and moving us to healing action in our world.”

    “You are a great part of today’s MOVEMENT!”

    Thank you for helping spread the word -and the excitement, too!

    Rivera Sun, author

    • Rivera , when i get some time i will read this . where does it stand on technology and a possible Techikon of technoautism and techno singularity that i find so anti-human and dangerous?

      have you seen the french film ”Alphaville”? it is sort of a part 3 to London and Orwell’s work. Godard’s 1965 Masterpiece.

      also , are you familiar with Peter Rollins book called ”Insurrection ” ? that posits that the Resurrection of Christ within every believer will eventually emerge as an Insurrection of love that cannot be snuffed out by anything that this world can throw at it .

      • RocketKirchner, my approach to technology in the Dandelion Insurrection follows the trend of today’s governmental & corporate surveillance and control. The book explores methods of struggles outside of computer technology and also methods that use the aid of a secure web system which enters into play later on in the story. I have no idea what Techikon or technoautism, etc are … forgive my ignorance, there is much to learn. I will look into Rollins’ book. I like the idea of the insurrection of love. It sounds very akin to some of my own philosophy.

        • Rivera, i am with you . i hear you ! The Technikon is a word used to describe total control over a society thru the tentacles of technology . The Unabomber ( though he went about it the wrong way thru violence ) hits the nail on the head in his Manifesto what the Technikon is .

          the term ”Technoautism ” is my term . it is about we are really losing touch with each other becuase of our obsession with gadgets.

    . Since every part of the dandelion, which is primarily thought of a weed,

    thought of AS a weed?

    great story by the way…must find the book now.


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