Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.
In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm of Love in the Time of Global Warming is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
A post-apocalyptic setting awash with danger brings an exhilarating twist to Block s signature mashup of rock-and-roll urchins and high literature. After an earthquake and tidal wave destroy much of Los Angeles, Penelope now going by Pen sets out to find her family. In the course of a journey that explicitly parallels the one described in Homer s Odyssey, Pen navigates the blighted landscape with a crew of three other searchers. Sharing shards of their pasts with one another, the travelers form strong new relationships including a romance between Pen and tough Hex, who has the word heartless tattooed above his heart, and whose sexual journey fits neatly with Pen s. Eventually they arrive in Las Vegas (the contemporary stand-in for the land of the dead) where Pen confronts the evil genius behind her world s destruction. Literary-minded readers will enjoy teasing out the allusions to Homer and possibly even The Wizard of Oz but knowledge of the classics is not a requirement to be swept up in the tatterdemalion beauty of the story s lavish, looping language. Ages 14 up.
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