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Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block
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Aug 14, 12

Read in April, 2012

This is one of the oddest of FLB I've read but I really liked it. It's a fantastical resetting of many Greek myths, taking the name of the crux of the myth and twisting it to this new setting.
This is basically a world of glamour and beauty where the elderly and ugly are shunned and sent underground where no one will see them. Calliope and Rafe come from Outside and both are drawn to Under. Calliope has always had visions and is haunted by a vision of their mother. Rafe falls in love with a dancer who is addicted to a drug in Under that allows her to see her dead family. When she dies, Rafe follows her same path and it takes everyone who loves him to pull him back from the brink.
This book is very worth reading, the world is compelling and terrible and the lyrics make the music so alive you hear it through the pages.
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