Pen has a story to tell. Stories have power and hers may just save the world. At least what's rest of it. The Earth Shaker ripped the world apart and the sea reclaimed the land. all Pen wanted was to find her family, a home, but she'll have to make a journey first. An odyssey. She'll make a new family, face down giants, and fight the man that destroyed the world.
This is the best posy-apocalyptic reimagining of the Odyssey I've ever read! Sure, it's the ONLY one I've ever read, but that's just another point in it's favor. Francesca Lia Block always writes beautiful stories with amazing descriptive prose that can pull you into any world or person she imagines, so it is no surprise she can make something as odd as a post-apocalypse Odyssey come to life. Like the Odyssey before it this book is really about the power of stories and storytellers. It also goes deeper into what gives the stories power. Things like hope, faith, loyalty, love, hate, death, and more. It is also about how we make our own family's but are also tied forever by the family that made us. If this all sounds pretty philosophical and heady, well, yes it is. It's also beautiful and magical and filled with an unashamed wonder of words and magic. It's a love letter to the power of belief and fantasy. It's also a look at what happens when the good things in life are betrayed and twisted. This won't be a story for everyone. It tosses and turns and gets twisted inside and out before it all comes back together. For me that was a frustrating, but ultimately rewarding experience. I realized I was taken on a journey, too. Like Pen it was not the one I wanted, but it was the right journey. If you want a very strange trip, I can't recommend this book enough.
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