Tuesday, June 3

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block

My rating: 

ISBN: 9780805096279
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date of publication: August 27, 2013
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Romance

Themes: apocalyptic disaster, GLTBQ, retelling,

Awards: YALSA Top Ten (2014), American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10 (2014) 

In this retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, Penelope is left seemingly alone in Los Angeles after disaster strikes the country. However, as she finally leaves the house, she encounters cyclops, giants, witches, and other such fantastical beings. Meeting up with a few other survivors, Pen begins her journey to find her family.

I don’t really know what to say. Like, I even had a hard time writing the summary, because there’s just too much competing for attention in this book. It is such a mishmash of genres, themes, stories that…my brain hurts. Let me touch on a few: Global Warming is killing the earth. But the disasters were actually caused by a mad scientist who created giants and stuff. Yet, Pen has elemental powers. Oh, and she’s homosexual and falls in love with a transgender. And it loosely follows The Odyssey (which it makes a point of mentioning SEVERAL times throughout the book). But it is only 240 pages. Yeah. I really don’t recommend this. At all. Apparently, it’s the first in a series, but I’m not even going to worry about it.

Warning: Explicit Content

If you really want to, find it at your library or on Amazon

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