When Pen’s home is destroyed in the Earth Shaker, she must venture out into a post-apocalyptic world full of weirdness and magic to find her family. Along the way she finds a rag-tag crew, falls in love, and discovers powers of her own. This book is poetic, bizarre, and is inspired by The Odyssey.
“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.“
Genre: Science Fiction
Cis girls: Pen (main character)
Trans boys: Hex
Cis boys: Ash, Ez
Pen and Hex are bisexual
Ash is gay
Ez’s sexuality is never specified, but he is queer
Biromantic: Pen, Hex
Ez’s romantic orientation is never specified, but he is queer.
White: Pen, Hex, Ez