Block, Francesca Lia. Love In the Time of Global Warming. Macmillan/Henry Holt 2013 230p $16.99 ISBN 978-0-8050-9627-9 hs/adult Science fiction E-BN
Penelope finds herself a survivor after a post-apocalyptic flood in this retelling of The Odyssey set in modern times. In searching for her family, she joins up with other survivors to defeat the forces of evil and salvage as much love as she can. With lyrical, gorgeous writing, Block gives us a reconfiguration of The Odyssey featuring a heroic young girl named Penelope, who narrates the story. When global warming causes all kinds of weather-related crises, she single-handedly holds back floodwaters from her parents’ Los Angeles home, saving herself and her little dog, and hunkers down waiting for the other members of her family to come home. But after a few weeks, she must leave the house when she hears marauding gangs of dangerous hoodlums approaching. Then, suddenly, a man appears to help her escape, and she is off on a journey to find the other members of her family -- a journey of survival and adversity in a desperate, lonely landscape of death and destruction. Along the way Pen encounters genetically-engineered giants, piles of human bones, and other survivors like herself, who join her in her journey to find her family. The story reminded me a bit of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road … almost as bleak and depressing, but with a happier ending. References to The Odyssey as well as to Greek mythology are peppered throughout the story. There are some sex scenes (not terribly graphic) and some foul language (all appropriate to the situation), but this novel will be appreciated by older teens, especially those who have studied The Odyssey and are drawn to post-apocalyptic literature.
Summary: Penelope finds herself a survivor after a post-apocalyptic flood in this retelling of The Odyssey set in modern times. In searching for her family, she joins up with other survivors to defeat the forces of evil and salvage as much love as she can.
Survival-Fiction, The Odyssey-Fiction --Carol Kennedy