Francesca Lia Block’s books always hold a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to read her new one. For those of you who have not yet met these fantastic books, you should check out the whole WEETZIE BAT cycle. (My personal favorite book, a SEMINAL book in my internal upbringing is WITCH BABY.
And while LOVE doesn’t have the same cast of characters, I’m still just as excited.
Los Angeles has been destroyed by the Earth Shaker and the disastrous flood that followed. Pen’s family has vanished in the wake of the two-pronged catastrophe, and after narrowly escaping death herself, Pen has set off to find them. But could they possibly still be alive? Most of those who survived the apocalypse have been eaten by a genetically engineered race of giants that have mysteriously appeared following the disaster. But not all humans have perished. Pen soon meets three solitary boys who join her on her odyssey—and, yes, the story is inspired by Homer’s epic. The giants, for example, evoke the Cyclopes; a former soap opera star turned witch is Circe; and there are also sirens, lotus eaters, and more… Magic is no stranger to Block’s world, nor is her signature poetic sensibility. And love, in its many varieties and forms, is celebrated, as always