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Love in the Time of Global Warming

(Love in the Time of Global Warming #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,405 ratings  ·  723 reviews
Her life by the sea in ruins, Pen has lost everything in the Earth Shaker that all but destroyed the city of Los Angeles. She sets out into the wasteland to search for her family, her journey guided by a tattered copy of Homer’s Odyssey. Soon she begins to realize her own abilities and strength as she faces false promises of safety, the cloned giants who feast on humans, a ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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if you have been waiting for a dystopian retelling of the odyssey set in LA after an earthquake/tsunami combo ruins EVERYTHING and it is penelope who gets to do the odysseying this time, then guess what?? you only need to wait until august 27th!

it is a great adaptation, and even though it does call attention to its source material too frequently, pretty much literally stating several times "like in the odyssey!!!" i can overlook it because my guess is that most teens haven't studied their homer
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
You have to be a certain type of reader in order to enjoy Francesca Lia Block's works. She writes beautifully, I will say that, but her stories require a certain amount of willing suspension of disbelief, an acceptance of the extraordinary, a completely dismissal of rationality and sense...and in that sense, this book did not appeal to me. It is lovely, it is magical, it is abstract and surreal...but the experience of reading Love in the Time of Global Warming just gave me an overwhelming headac ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads

Yeah you could safely say I was bored reading this book.

This book was said to be magical, unique, and abstract. I just didn't get this. The concept and idea behind this book is genius but isn't presented that way. It is crystal clear that Block is a good writer but the way she beautifully depicts the scenery around Pen wasn't enough to save this novel.The characters weren't fleshed out, the love is dry, and things were way to convenient. The fact that Pen our leading lady doesn
shady boots
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was beautiful.

I can definitely see why this book is so polarizing, since almost the entirety of it doesn't really make much sense, and for any logical thinker it would just bombard you with frustrating question after frustrating question. I assume that most of the negative ratings for this book are due to how off-the-wall and strange the events in it are. But I chose not to think logically at all as I read, and ended up enjoying myself, because I thought the airy, poetic writing
A.B. Neilly
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to write a review and be fair to this little jewel of fiction I found by hazard.
This is an epic story about a girl who has to face the end of the world and the beginning of a new world where giants and magic live together in a terrible world filled with human stones and the death of a civilization.
It is an LGBT story also, with wonderful characters that have different abilities.
At the beginning all looked strange, but as the story advances all makes sense and the world building
Andrew (BritBookBoy)
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
"I have a feeling," he says, "that things are going to get worse." <- A quote from the book which perfectly articulates my feelings towards this with every page turned.

Love in the Time of Global Warming is a retelling of Homer's The Odyssey, set in modern day Los Angeles to the backdrop of natural disaster. A story idea that had such potential I really wanted to love it, but ultimately it falls completely flat due to irritating characters and a nonsensical plot.

After a catastrophic event kno
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Let it not be said that I don't read with an open mind. There's a lot of talk on Goodreads and in the book blogging community about "hate reading" and whether or not one should do it. Deciding to read Love in the Time of Global Warming might have seemed a questionable choice, because I absolutely loathed with every fiber of my being the first and only Francesca Lia Block book that I read: Weetzie Bat. However, if I didn't risk possibly hating this one and feeling stupid for wasting my time or be ...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
3.5 Something-Different Stars

We are all insane. But how do you distinguish sanity from insanity, how do you diagnose abnormality in this new world?

Love in the Time of Global Warming starts off very similarly to a lot of teen dystopia novels; a young woman finds herself in an impossible situation, heartbroken and lost and just trying to get by the best way she can. Surviving, as it were, simply to survive.

I’ll be honest here, I have never read Homer’s Odyssey, so I have no idea about comparabi
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

Weird-ass apocalypse story and not a non-LGBT character in sight.

Hell yeah, man.
I was drawn in to this book because of the title and its gorgeous cover, which is why I'm sad to report that it turned out to be a total mess.

Initially, I was excited by the synopsis - a retelling of The Odyssey performed against the background of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. This is a story with real potential - I expected beautiful and unusual imagery, and a touching and moving story with plentiful of poetic references to classic Greek mythology...but Love in the Time of Global Warming is non
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary piece of writing? Beautiful and terrifying, realistic and fantastical. The author takes us on a journey through a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles seen through the eyes of Pen, who has lost everything but hopes her family have survived and sets off in search of them. Along the way she meets a colorful cast of characters and discovers much about herself and, eventually, finds what she is so desperately seeking - love, in its many forms.
Pen's journey has epic qualities like the
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-get-it
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Truly a unique novel combining a post-apocalyptic setting with Greek mythology combining with the will to survive and a mission to find one's family. Also bonus points for the LGBT relationships! Very beautiful writing indeed. I liked this one even though none of it made any sense, I just went with it and was surprised at how easy it was to read it in just two sittings. Okay not really since it was short but it was an overall interesting read. ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok

This was really a dystopia/post-apocalyptic but it was more of that because it was also a retelling of Odysseus and I didn't read yet that book so it was all new to me and so I was surprised when there is mythology in here and everything felt surreal.

To be honest, it was like a Percy Jackson adventure because our main character, Penelope, has a search to do-- a search for her family who has been lost after the Planet Shaker, that shook the Earth and brought destruction to the entire world-- a
Catfairy Books
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fairy-tale
"My pink house-no longer mine-stands on the edge of nowhere like a rose in a Salvador Dali surrealist desert landscape...."

In high school I was forced to read and analyze "The Odyssey" and let me tell you, it was the most boring and drawn out piece of literature that I have read in my entire life. There are many pieces of literature I appreciated and fell in love with as my required reading in high school such as "Their Eyes Were Watching God", The House on Mango Street and of course one of my
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

I know there are many Francesca Lia Block fans out there, however, this was my first experience with the author myself. I apologize to her many fans, but strait up–this book was a freaking mess. Unlike The Rathbones, it was not (in my opinion) well written or constructed, but also unlike The Rathbones it was slightly more successful in being a retelling of The Odyssey. I say slightly because I’m not convinced FLB knew what she was going for here–and boy does it show. We begin with a cha
Imagine the apocalypse striking Weetzie Bat's glittering LA. Penelope sees her city struck by disaster, her family scattered by the waves. Reinventing herself as Pen, she sets out to find her survivors. Part dystopia, part disaster, part road trip, and part love story, Pen and her VW van gather survivors as she heads to the underworld (where else but Vegas) in an attempt to save her family.

I think this and The Elementals are some of FLB's strongest work in years, possibly since Necklace of Kiss
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I am not sure how to write one of my regular reviews for this novel, and I think that if I did, it would be a lot of filler words, so instead I am trying something different this time.

5 Reasons to Read This Novel:

1. It is what it says it is. That's not to say that the book doesn't have layers - that it wouldn't make for an interesting study. No, not at all; indeed I suspect the very opposite. What I mean, however, is
I was swayed by the artistically rendered cover. It was really lovely and captivating. The story however, not so much. The blurb on the back was described as it being a modern retelling of "The Odyssey" by Homer. It felt like it would be a poetic journey across an apocalyptic waste land. I couldn't find my way out until the end. I like mythology, so I thought I would give it a whirl. It felt like a cross between "Mad Max" and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" as written by Quentin Tarantino & Spik ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I want to read everything Francesca Lia Block has ever written, and I’ve been looking forward to Love in the Time of Global Warming for as long as it’s been out. I’ll forever be in love with her Dangerous Angels series, and I recently fell pretty hard for her poetry collection, How to (Un)Cage a Girl.

The world has ended, and when Penelope is chased from her house by a band of looters, she finds the courage to go looking for her missing family. But the world isn’t what it was. Giants roam Los Ang
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF!!! I want to know how this book got publish.i never dislike a boom before but this one trick with with is pretty cover... I don't understand nothing in the story or the characters . It's more like a tv show then a book which shouldn't be book made. This book is confusing to me . I found this in the young adult are in my library but feels like like is for younger children,maybe preteens. What I want to know how this type of books get published ? ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august-2013
I have been a fan of Francesca Lia Block since reading Dangerous Angels, a collection of her Weetzie Bat stories. Her writing sways toward a magical realism and it is what I would call an acquired taste. It's always full of incredible imagery and while not fancy or flowery, is both beautiful and unusual. In fact, unusual is probably the best word to describe her books and her writing style. She's definitely in a class all her own.

So I was very excited to get the chance to read Love in the Time
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a wild but brilliant combination of mythology, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and magical realism with a colorful cast of characters, Love in the Time of Global Warming is a strange & unique story, a very loose retelling of Homer's The Odyssey.

I know this book won't be for everyone, You have to be a certain type of reader in order to enjoy Francesca Lia Block's works. It definitely requires a certain amount acceptance when it comes to the unbelievable & extraordinary. This b
Gabe Novoa
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
So first of all, I think it helped going in knowing that this book would be weird. That was something I saw repeated over and over from reviewers—that they enjoyed it, but it was strange. I agree this is a strange one; the writing and events and the way it all blends together was very dreamlike. There's some really gorgeous, lyrical imagery, obvious Odyssey parallels (that the characters are aware of and comment on), and even the characters themselves have a dreamy, ephemeral-type quality to the ...more
Heather - hturningpages
I really like the premise of a retelling of the Odyssey in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. I also really appreciated that all the main characters in this story have diverse sexual orientations that span a pretty wide range of LGBTQ, which is super uncommon in YA lit. This promps some insightful conversations in the book about acceptance and self love that were really great.

All that being said, the plot was pretty hard to follow. Maybe it was because, being told from first person, when said perso
Warren-Newport Public Library
Hmm... I am conflicted with how I am to review this book. I picked up "Love in the Time of Global Warming" because it was recently nominated as one of YALSA's Teen's Top Ten books from 2013. After having read it, I can see why it would have been nominated, but I was disappointed.

Penelope (who goes by Pen) is a survivor of an "Earth Shaker" apocalypse that hits the world suddenly. She holes up in her house, wondering how she will survive, hoping beyond hope that somehow her family is still alive
This is one of those times where my logical brain pisses me off. For some reason, the blurb of this book made me think that perhaps the fantastical goings on in Love in the Time of Global Warming were not real – that they were a story Pen was telling. And I was wrong. But I couldn’t accept this fact until halfway through reading, and by then my enjoyment of the story had been greatly reduced because I had spent so much time going WTF? Is this real OR NOT? So if you think it’s not: it is. IT FREA ...more
I'm about to pay Love in the Time of Global Warming one of the highest compliments I can pay a Young Adult novel: I feel like I need to read it a second time to fully appreciate what Francesca Lia Block has accomplished. I mean, sure, there are some books that you read and you're like, "I didn't really get that" (see, for instance, Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow). I got this book, but it's so nuanced, the narrative working in layers to tell both a straightforward narrative and an allegory about Hom ...more
Deborah Markus
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Magic realism is like free verse: it looks deceptively easy when it's done well, and too many writers think it means you can do whatever you want to on the page.

Francesca Lia Block has succeeded in this medium before, at least in my opinion. I know they're cornball and over-the-top, but I do love Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby.

I keep trying to love other novels by Block, and it keeps mostly not happening.

There are some beautiful moments in this book, such as this reflection by Pen, the narrator:

Sonja P.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the better YA dystopias/apocalypse stories I have read in a long while. Its more dreamy in tone. If you are tired of straight forward dystopias with all white all straight characters, look no further. Block invests her stories with characters on the edge, on the edge of life, on the edge of society, on the edge of belief. Because of this, her story is richer and full of more depth. Its really beautifully told and realized. I'm not sure this needs to be a series, and I didn't reali ...more
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Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Week ...more

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