Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Book - 2013
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After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805096279
0805096272
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Block
Characteristics: 230 p.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

“Ash swirls in the air and the landscape is gray rubble that falls away into the sea. They kept saying global warming wan't going to be the end of us, that it was just threats from the fanatics, that we didn't have to make changes. But every year there were more earthquakes and flood and hurricanes and fires- every element expressing its imbalance. Every year the temperatures soared and the ice melted and no one did anything. My pink house - no longer mine - stands on the edge of nowhere like a rose in a Salvador Dali surrealist desert landscape.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

“He might be faithless but I believe in him.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

"I'm going to remember. When there was art.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

“My reading and studying and retellings of old stories didn't do anything except help me think better. I was at least thoughtful. Too thoughtful, my friends said. And all I thought about was myths and old paintings that made me feel drunk on wine or struck my lightning but didn't matter to most people.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

“Non sum qualis eram. I am not what I once was.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

“The true warrior isn't immune to fear. She fights in spite of it.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“'What are you going to do if you find art, Pen? You going to steal some and put it in the van?' 'I'm going to remember. When there was art.'”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“My reading and studying and retellings of old stories didn't do anything except help me think better. I was at least thoughtful. Too thoughtful, my friends said. And all I thought about was myths and old paintings that made me feel drunk on wine or struck my lightning but didn't matter to most people.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“He might be faithless but I believe in him.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Non sum qualis eram. I am not what I once was.”

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At first I was unsure of the book but if you stick with it it definitely grows on you. The characters are loveable and it feels like you take the journey with them. I loved how Pen faces similar obstacles as the ones in Homer's Odyssey. EF

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

Great Odyssey spin-off.

FindingJane Nov 06, 2015

Taking ancient classics for inspiration (rather than the tired trend of mashups) is a brilliant notion and one not limited to the current generation. Shakespearean fans note that many of his comedies were re-writings of ancient works by Plautus. With “Love in the Time of Global Warming” walking in the shoes of Homer’s “Odyssey”, the stage is set for a tale of wonder, magic, terror and supernatural forces. Oh, and yes, there is love. But love is never easy at the best of times and Ms. Block is terrific at writing about how it can overwhelm you and tear you apart.

Some things go weirdly unspoken. The teenagers seem to embody the forces of earth, wind, fire and water. But no one points out that salient detail. They wonder whether the rest of the world has been affected by the giant earthquakes that ripped apart California. It doesn’t make clear that all technology has been affected by the cataclysm or not so why doesn’t anyone check online? Why don’t they log into Facebook to see if their friends have survived and where they might be? Why does no one even mention such technology? Is this a world devoid of the Internet?

Also, the teenagers all seem to be inconveniently gay with potential opposite-sex partners either cruel, murderous monsters (sirens and giants), older men who are rapists and thus best avoided or people who swiftly wind up as dead, victims of the aforementioned monsters. That’s it for the human race, then. With no one left who’s interested or capable of procreation, humanity is kaput.

The disappearance of the animals is a mystery, too, i.e., a head scratcher because it makes no sense. The giants may have caught a lot of scrambling prey in the aftermath of the earthquakes. But they can’t fly. So how did they get and eat all the birds and insects? Did they migrate to Europe?

All fictional novels require a certain suspension of belief. “Love in the Time of Global Warming” needs so much of it you might as well shrug and concentrate on the lyrical writing. Fortunately, that is excellent enough to make you ignore the questions.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

Completely different than what I had expected based on this book’s title. I enjoyed noticing the parallels the author drew to the Odyssey. A great read with a satisfying ending.

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Cristina_Cristina
Dec 29, 2014

I loved this book (and I've loved everything I've read by Francesca Lia Block). It's kind of a road-trip adventure through the world after a horrible disaster destroyed most of life on our planet. For me it was really about finding love in a hopeless place and the innate need we have as human beings to survive and take care of each other, no matter what.
My favourite quote: "The true warrior isn't immune to fear. She fights in spite of it."
Be sure to check out the follow up to this book, "The Island of Excess Love".

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tbebb
Jul 18, 2014

A modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey... like a drug induced dream.

amodolo Oct 21, 2013

This book was a lot different from what i expected. It's very much a retelling of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, but the way Block writes makes it beautiful. She is descriptive and really brings something different to the story. I was definitely intrigued by this story and found myself finishing it as soon as I started it. I think I will take a look at some of her other stories after this one.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 28, 2016

Penelope searches through the ruins of LA for her family.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

Love in the Time of Global Warming is the story of the Odyssey modernized. After a massive earthquake and tsunami turn LA into a heap of ruins, Penelope is all alone in her pink house with no family or friends. However, when a bunch of unfriendly men break into her house, she knows she will be no longer safe there. One of the men named Merk (who mentions he knew her parents) helps her escape by giving her keys to a van. So Pen sets off alone through the remains of LA in a search for her family—and finds her own strength along the way.

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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