The book is set is 2015 and the UK, due to Global Warming, had been placed on Co2 rationing I really did think that the plot would be really good and strong but Saci Lloyd s poor writingreally reallybugged me Her use of street speak became so annoying in the end that I found it made reading the book so difficult The word through is NOT spelt as thru and it was very annoying to see this written down over and over again None of the characters really speak correctly and the grammar errors were blazingly obvious.
The characters themselves are all very annoying and I am so glad I did not waste my money buying this book, instead I simply borrowed it from the library A few people have suggested of Lloyd s books to me but I am very sceptical of reading them if they are anything like this book.
I have to admit that I rolled my eyes than once through the opening pages of this book The immaturity of teenaged Laura seemed over the top While the rest of the country is worrying about pollution and carbon rationing and the crazy weather, Laura is worrying about a boy she likes and about all the things she can do to try and still be normal But then I realized, this is exactly what a teenager WOULD be doing during this type of situation After that, reading this book went a little smoother for me There are times when you have to read between the lines a little, and of course there will still be those eye rolling moments especially with the love interest but overall this is an interesting book that seemed realistic enough.
Some things bordered on fantasy than science fiction For instance, the carbon meters that were required in people s houses At one point it talked about these being installed in just a few week s time Supposedly these meters had the ability to shut off toasters or other appliances if they were using too much power Something this complex would be very expensive, require a great leap ahead in scientific research given the fact that this book takes place just 5 years from now , and take much longer to install in millions of homes This is not something that could be implemented as easily as the author implied So, there were some annoyances along those lines, but I enjoyed reading about Laura s family and how they grew both apart and together and there were some brilliant statements and one liners that I enjoyed, which is why I m giving this book a higher rating than I might have I will definitely read the sequel.
You never think it s gonna happen to you, but all that pollution and dirty fumes and flights and factories and shit we don t need and suddenly there you are, a stupid girl sitting alone on some steps, waiting to see if your family is ever coming back pg 298 This one started slow for me It s in a diary format, with an entry of at least a few words for virtually every day in the year 2015 for a teen in London It s fascinating as a prediction of how things could really play out if global warming continues to escalate In this telling, there s a great storm in 2010, and world wide government is forced to confront the realities of global warming Great Britain is the first nation to implement carbon rationing In concept, it s all very impressive and fascinating But what I really liked about this is that it s a VERY personal tale of one teen s experience in the midst of this crisis She has family drama, boy drama, school drama, band drama her band s called the dirty angels , and when things get really desperate she very realistically puts some of the drama aside to focus on survival As I said before, there s no real sense of suspense until things start getting really crazy November or so , but it s really interesting to watch the minute consequences of such major cultural change, as well as the various ways Laura s family members cope with the dramatic effects on their lives An important book.
Too much teenage angst Not enought dystopian angst Although there s plenty of both.
Britain was always good about queuing up, share and share alike, back in the war WWII, that is But in 2015, when they begin a program of rationing carbon units, greed rears its ugly head I appreciate the tense family dynamic that the author portrays She ably delineates the before and after of rationing, and even slips in some international tensions But I just didn t care about Laura s love relationships or her band and their issues I m sure teens will like it, though.
The book isn t a cautionary tale, in my humble opinion It s much of a thriller What s going to happen next and how will the characters survive it Though Laura comments on the selfishness of others a couple of times and wants very much for the rest of the world to get on board with carbon rationing, this is not a Let s save the planet story There is no instructive message.
I m sure many reviewers probably write about The Carbon Diaries environmental themes I always have trouble determining what an environmental theme would be I ve seen some writers calls The Carbon Diaries theme climate change That seems like a subject to me I would say the theme of The Carbon Diaries involves a teenager struggling to find her place as an older person in her family and her place in society, one that is dramatically changing Those are traditional YA themes, not environmental ones It s the environmental setting that makes those traditional YA themes interesting and makes this book environmental Excerpt from original Content.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had a really interesting premise, what if the government imposed carbon rationing on an unready British population.
Add in bizarre global weirding weather and political unrest, it makes for a really interesting story when seen through the eyes of a teenage London girl.
What was slightly disturbing was the timing of the flooding part of the story After all, we had out very own catastrophic flooding in December 2015 after continuous rain for 6 weeks beforehand Its already happening here.
Have you heard about global warming Come on, you can admit it You know you have There ll be heat waves, water shortages, big storms, all kinds of scary things happening, and civilization will struggle to survive under the strain But teenagers will still be teenagers, never fear Laura is a sixteen year old Londoner who plays bass in the band dirty angels, whose sister is determined to make everyone pay for her not getting her year abroad, and who has parents who could not BE embarrassing Laura also has a crush on the cute boy next door, but experienced readers will soon realize that he is not the guy for her Sure, she s worried about power shortages, and carbon rationing, but those won t last, will they I liked the combination of regular teenage interests mixed with a steadily worsening yet not soul crushing depiction of what the world could be like in a global warming scenario There s awful things happening, yes, but there s also cooperation and resourcefulness, and hope for civilization, and a sequel It s a little too educational for pure enjoyment, but it s still pretty good Includes a list of websites on how to live green in the back, along with a glossary of Britishisms Gee, too bad I didn t know about those until I was already finished with the book.
Two emotions invoked by this book Fear and guilt.
Look, we all know who s destroying this planet You yes, you and me and everybody else Though most of us aren t in a panic about the negative effects of airplane and car fumes and litter and leaving your t.
v on for 72 hours straight Because the damaged we re doing to Earth isn t devastating yet No real serious consequences for us to be truly concerned, right Wellmaybe we should be.
Yes, the carbon diaries is set in the future and would be thought of as speculative fiction But I d like to think of it as being practical than that Because while reading it, you always have that sense of doubt in the back of your mind and that ringing question over and over Could this be our future Is this where the Earth is headed if we don t get off our asses and clean up our act and stop sucking the planet dryOkay, okay I m not preaching Trust me, I m just as bad, I drive a freakin 8 cylinder gas guzzler.
According to Laura s diary in which the format of the book is written, the effects of global warming have become devastating In short, mega environmental disaster And it s only getting worse So to calm down the greenhouse gases and try to get global warming under control, the government imposes a carbon rationing system And the first lab rats up for the experiment is the United Kingdom Every household has a smart meter and everyone is given carbon debit cards that can be used month by month for bus rides, internet, flights, gas, heat, etc If you go over your limit, carbon police come to your house with warnings There s even a black market for buying blocks for your card After the start of carbon rationing, Laura watches her family and neighbors crack up, struggling to survive as England falls apart from a corrupted environment and a even corrupted government The concept of the story was excellent It reminded me a lot of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pffefer You couldn t read this without feeling some type of pain and sorrow for what the UK was being subjected to I also liked Laura s character a lot She tries so hard to remain the normal one as her parents become and dysfunctional I don t know why people choose to have a mid life crisis during world catastrophes And I loved the song lyrics she wrote for her band She s a little tomboyish but she had her love interest to balance it out The writing in this book was a little awkward for me, mainly because there was a lot of British lingo and abbreviations and ecology words I didn t understand thank you, Saci, for the translations in the back There were illustrations of Laura s memorabilia but they weren t that good The text on the news clippings were small and hard to read and the pictures were kind of corny Also, I feel like this book should have take place further in the future than 2015 Maybe somewhere around 2025 or 2045.
The Carbon Diaries is an important book to keep in mind for the future It will be one you ll remember long after you re done with it Because the ideas Saci Lloyd introduces aren t that irrational Could something like that happen here Honestly, I think so What would you do if watching tv, running appliances and how much water you use had to be carefully monitored All the time And the idea of traveling and taking vacations was phased out It s scary to think that s a road we might be heading downanyways, go green