Submitted by Stephen, teen reviewer:
Penelope, or “Pen,” is a
17-year-old heroine who has lost everything important in her life, including
her family and her home in the devastating earthquake and tsunami. The only
thing she has left is her favorite book The Odyssey. And like the
Odysseus in the epic poem, Pen has to go out on epic journey in search for a
home. During her journey she has to face her greatest fears and her strongest
loves. Francesca Lia Block makes this beautiful tale come alive with her
fantastic writing style, as she takes across the post-apocalyptic wasteland of
what is left of Los Angeles through the eyes of the brave young Penelope. While
the plot may not be entirely realistic, it does make for a compulsive reading.
The book is a page turner and will have you enthralled with the dystopian world
the author has written for you. The author has a special style of writing all
her own. Her writing has an almost dream-like feel and while it is far from
realism it still grabs you and takes hold through the pages. This is a great
book for anyone looking for an epic adventure or any fans of The Odyssey.