Love in the Time of Global Warming

  • by Francesca Lia Block
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A stunning reimagining of Homer’s Odyssey set in post-Apocalyptic Los Angeles, written by a master storyteller.
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, and a madman who wishes her dead. On her voyage, Pen learns to tell stories that reflect her strange visions, while she and her fellow survivors navigate the dangers that lie in wait. In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

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A Homeric Dystoperiffic Dreamland

Oh, Francesca Lia Block, never change.

To be completely honest, I didn't even read the description for this book, so I had no idea what it was actually about until I started listening.

She wonderfully infuses grim dystopia with fairy dust. Love In The Time of Global Warming is a pretty straightforward retelling of the Odyssey, with (as usual, for her) a cast of teenagers, and mad scientists for villains.

It's lush, there's no better word to describe the writing. Smearing fairy dust under your eyes. Richly detailed.

I was never scared - I know the story of the Odyssey, but I loved the diversity of the cast, though at times it was a little too perfect. Block always makes sure to include the weird kids and the queer kids, and this book has them all in spades. I love that she breaks from heteronormativity and writes as if it matters without queerness being the focal point of the story. The journey about love is the story, about remembering your family, and how to get home.

Julia Whalen was a wonderful choice to narrate this dreamland. She gets the dreamy parts, and the exciting parts just right. She never breaks from Pen's truth.
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- Erin - Audible "Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot."

Wow, what a disappointment

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Young preteens, but even they are too smart for this convoluted tale.


What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a good job with bad story line and dumb partial characters.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love in the Time of Global Warming?

Everything, this book is so disjointed it ends up being a waste of time.


Any additional comments?

Francesca Lia Block, you should know better, terrible.

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- Pame' Rose "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio