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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805096272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805096279
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–The earth shakes, a wall of water comes, and everyone Penelope loves disappears, leaving her alone. She can see nothing but ruins around her pink house by the sea in Los Angeles. Her family was swept away by the water. Her father had warned of impending danger, and though her mother thought he was paranoid, his emergency provisions keep Pen alive. Weeks later, men break into her house, but Pen escapes with their van. She sets off on an Odyssey-like journey in search of her family. On the way, she encounters giants, sirens, a witch, a girl who may be magical, and companions to aid her in her quest. Through flashbacks, she reveals that she had been struggling with feelings for one of her closest girlfriends. Now, as she, Hex, Ez, and Ash speed toward Las Vegas, Pen finds strength she's never known and love she didn't expect. Pen is a thoughtful character who develops at a reasonable pace. Her flashbacks reveal a close family, good friends, and love for her younger brother. The dreamlike quality of the writing, typical of the author's works, functions well with the fantastical elements of the story, which is solid and dense in its descriptions. This is an excellent title for students who have read Homer's Odyssey as well as readers who enjoy a mix of fantasy and reality.–Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Los Angeles has been destroyed by the Earth Shaker and the disastrous flood that followed. Pen’s family has vanished in the wake of the two-pronged catastrophe, and after narrowly escaping death herself, Pen has set off to find them. But could they possibly still be alive? Most of those who survived the apocalypse have been eaten by a genetically engineered race of giants that have mysteriously appeared following the disaster. But not all humans have perished. Pen soon meets three solitary boys who join her on her odyssey—and, yes, the story is inspired by Homer’s epic. The giants, for example, evoke the Cyclopes; a former soap opera star turned witch is Circe; and there are also sirens, lotus eaters, and more. This framing device is surprisingly successful, in part, because Block doesn’t adhere too slavishly to her conceit. The result is original and, no surprise, gracefully written. Magic is no stranger to Block’s world, nor is her signature poetic sensibility. And love, in its many varieties and forms, is celebrated, as always. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Block’s enormous all-ages fan base will already have this preordered, but an extensive marketing campaign will likely bring in new followers. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart

More About the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

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I felt very invested in the outcome of the story, and this feeling kept me reading until the end.
Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
Book #96 Read in 2013 Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block This YA dystopian book reimagines Homer's Odyssey.
Melissa A. Palmer
If I was using a 1 to 10 system, I would rate this book a 3, not good enough to read, and certainly nothing that I would seek out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quickbeam VINE VOICE on August 24, 2013
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I am a fan of this author and was eager to be an advanced reader of this new book. It is an apocalyptic tale of fantastic proportions. It has Block's usual lush and sensuous descriptive style.
The narrative follows the journey of a post earthquake Pen trying to reunite her world. This included new friends, family, backstory, magic and giants. Although I became impatient at points in the plot line, I was very satisfied at the end. The loose threads of plot that annoyed me were all resolved nicely.

This is a story for those unafraid of gender nuance and message. Both are present and sometimes a bit heavy handed. For that and the clunky title, I deducted half a star.

I read this book straight through and found it warming and affirming. There are elements of horror and darkness later balanced with hope and light. The imagery is pure Block with underlayment of Homer. It was a privilege to read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anais Chartschenko on November 13, 2013
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I expected to immediately bond with the main character. I always do when I read Francesca Lia Block. Her girls are magical, bruised by life, prone to bad decisions, but full of hope. I see myself in them. I can still remember reading Weetzie for the first time years ago, as taken by the Los Angeles landscape as the narrative. It was one of the first times I had a hero presented to me who had been neglected or abused. I hadn't had a hero with substance abuse issues, and certainly there were no GBLT heroes.

I had never been to anywhere remotely tropical, and it was enchanting to imagine a place where I would be warm surrounded by jacaranda blossoms. I would have complicated friends who knew what it was like to be the outsider. We would roller skate everywhere. I would set down my book and be back in the north, staring out a window covered by snow drifts. Everything was gray, made more gray by the vivid descriptions of a lush fairy tale city.

In Francesca's recent book Love in the Time of Global Warming, I saw her beautiful city be annihilated. The apocalypse had happened. Giants were a danger. After falling in love with L.A. through her books, it was hard watching it be destroyed... Turning gray....

The main character, Pen, is trying to find her family after the Earth Shaker. She was different from the other main characters in previous books. The Earth Shaker was her first real trauma; she was a fairly passive person in the beginning. When she met Hex, I was gathered right back into the story. This was the character I bonded with, a tough on the exterior guy who had "non sum qualis eram" tattooed on his body. "I am not who I once was" resonated with me. I felt right there when Hex exposed his vulnerabilities, when he put on his bravado. I have done this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Uhl on November 7, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is an odd book. It is disjointed. It is weird. I am sure as a teenager I would have loved this book. I think teens today will love it even more than I would have. It's timely and timeless to a degree.

There is no graphic sex. There is some cursing but not a lot. There is some drugs but not in the usual fashion. The LGBT aspects of the book are muted but still fantastic. Queer in a very good way.

I certainly think this would get a young reader interested in learning more about the Odyssey. At least the Spark Notes which is better than nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on September 5, 2013
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Wow, this is the first apocalyptic fairy tale like book I've ever read. Well, it had fairy tale like aspects. And Greek mythology. And mad scientists. And magic. How about everything but the kitchen sink. Though that was probably in there as well.

Pen is the main character, a young girl in high school, wrestling with who she is, a fierce love of her family and her dog, best friend to two girls that she loves dearly, so smart that she reads the encyclopedia for fun. She is like a mother bear protective of her little brother. She wants to protect him from anything that could hurt him in this world, yet she is not a killer, or even someone that could hurt another. She doesn't even kill bugs. She loves art and likens a lot of things she sees to famous artwork that she's seen thanks to her mother taking her and her brother to art galleries. She is special, but doesn't know how special, until she needs it.

Venice- Pen's little brother. He has dreams of the world ending and monsters coming for him. He hides from them in his mind. He's smart and tries to be tough, like boys are supposed to be. He is tough. He's special too.

Hex- He becomes a sort of leader of Pen's new family when she goes to hunt for her family. He does what must be done. He's a singer, a fighter, a leader and smart.

Ezra- Rescued by Pen and Hex. He's a brilliant artist and a mean chef. He provides good company on their journey.

Ash- A gifted musician, and very beautiful with dreadlocks and lighter than paper bag skin, another person picked up to join the Odyssey to find Pen's family.

Kronnen- The bad guy. Evil genius. Cause of the apocalypse. Don't need much more than that.

The World- It starts with "The Earthshaker" and then the wave.
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