July 28, 2013

Love in the Time of Global Warming

cover image of Love in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block

In Block’s (Pink Smog, 2012) latest offering, after an earthquake and a tidal wave destroy much of Los Angeles, 17-year-old Pen, sets out to find her family. On her journey, which parallels the one described in Homer's Odyssey, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures and discovers that not all humans have perished. She meets 3 boys who join her on her adventure. The travelers form strong new relationships—including a romance between Pen and tough-boy Hex. Eventually they arrive in Las Vegas where Pen confronts the evil genius behind her world's destruction.