Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The title is a bit misleading: where was the global warming? This was more "Love in the Time Following Serious Earthquakes."
Most of the action is centered in LA, with Santa Monica and other areas destroyed by the Big Shake (or several). With food and supplies scarce, not to mention modern conveniences like plumbing, air conditioning, etc., survival is a little difficult. Pen's journey to find her family is somewhat based on Homer's Odyssey, but knowledge of that book isn't necessary. I wanted to love this book, but for some reason it just didn't "wow" me. Not really sure why, it might be that the writing wasn't inspiring or the story felt a little empty at the end. YMMV.
ARC provided by publisher.