Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Publication date: August 27th, 2013 - Henry Holt and Co.
Paperback edition pub date: August 26th, 2014 - Square Fish
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What's it about?
Love In the Time of Global Warming is a mesmerizing, post-apocalyptic reimagining of Homer's Odyssey. Francesca Lia Block's magically poetic writing makes this read like a modern-day fairytale. Love in the Time of Global Warming takes a terrifying possible future of earthquakes, floods and chaos and populates it with horrifying canibalistic giants, a mad scientist, a magical girl and unseen forces of good and evil. All of this must be navigated by a brave group of survivors who must rely on their own inner strengths in order to live another day, find the things they've lost and discover that love and hope did not die on the day that world ended. While this would definitely be considered dystopian fiction, it has a lot of fantasy elements, so you have to suspend disbelief at times. It is very fast-paced and dreamlike, dark yet beautiful. If you're looking for more diverse books, this is a good one to read. There are LGBT characters and Block does a wonderful job delivering the message that love is love and that it doesn't matter who or what you are, as long as you are happy and true to yourself. There is a sequel, The Island of Excess Love, that is a reimagining of Vergil's Aeneid. It just arrived on my doorstep and I'm looking forward to reading it.