Odd, as most of Lia Block's books are, but entertaining and good. Was a pretty fast read but I still enjoyed it.
In a city of pleasure and delirium, where the only sin is growing old, the members of the band Ecstasia must battle demons of their own past to save themselves and recover a lost homeland. A retelling of the Orpheus myth, a novel of adolescent desire, broken dreams and the power of music and love, as well as a searing allegorical indictment of drug use. Written in Block's customary lyrical style.
I absolutely adore Francesca Lia Block - seriously, she is like a complete goddess in my eyes - that being said, this is my least favorite of her books. I'm not sure why, but something was different about it - the writing style is still beautifully poetic and her ability to make even the most ugly things in life seem dazzling is still there, but I didn't connect so much with the characters, I couldn't feel the magic. Still, for me at least, a so-so FLB book still beats many other writers at their best, so it's still worth giving a shot, especially if you want a modern interpretation of Greek myths.
This is a fantasy book. The author's full name is Francesca Lia Block. It's about Elysia, land of carnivals and circuses, magic and music, where everyone's a lotus eater, and the only crime is growing old...
Siblings Calliope and Rafe, along with Dionisio and Paul, are Ecstasia--the most popular band in Elysia, a city of jewels and feathers, of magic and music, where the only crime is growing old. Then Calliope's visions take her to Under, where the Old Ones go to die, and where her parents had vanished long ago. Rafe joins her there, in search of the Doctor, who can bring back the dead to ease their loved ones' broken hearts. And that is when rapture turns to nightmare.