I downloaded this novel without reading a single blurb or description, based on the recommendation by a trusted friend (PopCultureNerd). Going in with no expectations, it was a wonderful - and very unique - read that took me from NYC to the Yacatan Peninsula in Mexico.
At the end, I almost felt like the entire novel was a dream sequence - from black panthers to illegal flowers (and their effects) - to very pretty, illustrative writing that had me researching all sorts of gorgeous and exotic plants.
Some of my favorite passages:
A moth hops onto a flower under the cover of moonlight, pollinates, or mates with the flower, and leaves. We humans do the exact same thing, except it involves dinner beforehand. So, to make a long story short, dating is when two or more people eat and converse to find out if they can tolerate each other enough to pollinate under cover of moonlight.
I hug her like this every day… Why wait till I miss her?”
“Humans are a very peculiar species. We don’t like to work at love. We only believe love is real if it overtakes us like a sudden illness. Like the flu. When people call in love gradually they always question it. So the gloxinia delivers love at first sight. Just the way that people like it to be.”
“Sinsemilla mean ‘without seeds.’ A seedless female is far more potent than a seeded one. Remember that next time you want to accomplish something. Do it before you have sex. Before some male comes along and shoots his seed in you, satisfying you, and making you energetically useless.”
This one is for the men out there. Datura inoxis is a plant that behaves exactly like a woman. If she lets you spend time with her, you will begin to feel powerful. But you will also become weak, because you will be at her mercy. But if you treat her well, and handle her with the utmost respect, care, and precision, she will bestow upon you visions of a future beyond your wildest imagination.