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Love in the Time of Global Warming Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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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.
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
Top customer reviews
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, don't need a laugh, and can roll with an abundance of metaphors, definitely give this book a try.
Francesca Lia Block
Essentially...the essence of this book is...
A mad scientist distorts the Earth, creates mutant giants and causes havoc everywhere.
My thoughts after reading this book...
Penelope is the only one left when a wall of water destroys everything. Her parents, her fog, her brother Venice...are all gone. The water seems to reach up to Pen's house and Pen...scared and alone stays there...marking the days on the walls and living off of her fathers stored food and water.
She is scared...alone...filthy...and then the men come. One in particular...Merk...helps her escape but Pen has no clue why.
Her escape route leads her to Hex, Ev, Ash and finally to the man who caused it all. Along the way are orange butterflies, magic, love, nightmares and battles with giants. Whew!
What I loved the most about this book...
The author's writing is lyrical and lovely. Once I began to read this book I was simply entranced by the story...even the nightmarish parts of it. It's the story of this destroyed world but it's also the story of Penelope's sexual awakening. She has strong feelings for girls. And eventually Hex has quite a surprise for her. I loved the Target part...when Pen finds the Target store where she and her brother and her mom shopped...Target isn't actually mentioned but Pen talks about the big red circles.
What I did not love about this book...
I hate battles and feeling afraid and bring dirty and hungry and this book is filled with night time terrors. But it just makes the book all that more exciting!
The cover of this book drew me to it but the story was what kept my attention. I have read books by this author before and I always love them.