Beloved YA author Francesca Lia Block puts her signature style on the ever-popular post-apocalyptic genre, in a poetic saga inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey with her latest novel, Love in the Time of Global Warming.
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 is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
As she has done for years, Block weaves a tapestry of magic and adventure in a modern landscape — this time transforming the Los Angeles area into a dystopian landscape populated by giants and witches and sirens. She has crafted a modern, post-apocalyptic hero’s quest — with the classic text of The Odyssey as the guiding influence.
Block’s writing is as lovely as ever, a mesmerizing prose that entices the reader to come along for this journey. And while the magic and whimsy readers have come to expect from her books remains, Love in the Time of Global Warming feels very different from anything she has written before. It is fresh and timely and stands out from a sea of post-apocalyptic writing in YA literature. This is not “another Hunger Games” comparison — but something wholly unique.
Look for Love in the Time of Global Warming on store shelves August 27th.