Young Adult Novel by Francesca Lia Block
Ecstasia is not an easy book to describe, it is hard to do it justice. Like other novels by Francesca Lia Block (especially the Weetzie Bat books), it gets into your heart and soul.
Brother and sister Rafe and Calliope live in Elysia, a place that is all about joy and pleasure. The youth of Ecstasia spend their time visiting circuses, clubs, cafes, eating sweet sugary foods and drinking champagne. But there is a catch. When you start aging, you have to go Under. To the dark subterraneous caverns below the city, a place where nightmares seem real.
Combining heady, surreal beauty and dark horror, ecstasy and pain, with a terrible price that must be payed for the pursuit of beauty and pleasure, Ecstasia is an intense novel. While this novel is short, it took me quite a while to read it, it was so intense I could only read short bits at a time, swept away in a whirlwind of sights and sounds, beauty and terror. This is a book that will stay with you after the last page has been closed.
This book gets 6 stars out of 5! Add it to your MUST READ list!