The Carbon Diaries 2017 (The Carbon Diaries Series #2)

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In this riveting sequel to the hit eco-thriller The Carbon Diaries 2015, Laura Brown, now a college student in London, chronicles the struggle England faces as the government tightens its grip on carbon rations.

Laura is juggling two love interests, and her eco-punk band, the dirty angels, keeps landing gigs, so life is good . . . until a crackdown on rioting students forces her to flee the city. Then, on the band's European tour, Laura finds ...

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Overview

In this riveting sequel to the hit eco-thriller The Carbon Diaries 2015, Laura Brown, now a college student in London, chronicles the struggle England faces as the government tightens its grip on carbon rations.

Laura is juggling two love interests, and her eco-punk band, the dirty angels, keeps landing gigs, so life is good . . . until a crackdown on rioting students forces her to flee the city. Then, on the band's European tour, Laura finds herself at the center of a series of dangerous events. The angels have always sung about fighting corruption. Is it time for Laura to join the underground resistance movement and actually practice what the dirty angels preaches?

As perceptive and compulsively readable as its prequel, this book raises provacative moral questions for today's young adults.

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Two years have passed since the Carbon Diaries 2015 (2009), and Laura just wants to play punk music. With carbon rationing and the Thames flooding constantly, London's not like it used to be. Laura and her loved ones experience drought, flood, malaria, refugee-camp internment and recurring police brutality. Refugees from global drought pour into Europe, sparking increased political power for anti-immigrant racists. But despite the novel's grim dystopianism-hope lying only in a forward-into-the-past mentality that has Londoners planting cabbages on rooftops-Laura's story features unexpected moral complexity. She and her friends repeatedly debate the obligations of the privileged in a world gone horribly wrong. Should they join the anti-government terrorists, march against United Front racists, live in vegan squats, feed refugees in the Sudan or just live their punk-rock student lives? It's complicated, Laura realizes-no one answer is right. If there's any hope in this dizzying, brilliantly drawn and terrifyingly possible near-future, it's the ability of even selfish people to passionately throw themselves against overwhelming odds. Captivating. (Science fiction. 12-15)
Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Laura Brown returns in this edgy, futuristic tale set in a world where carbon dioxide is rationed to counteract climate change and the citizens are revolting against governments that control utilities. In her first year at "uni" (university), Laura's studies go awry when she joins in the United Kingdom's social unrest and then decides to tour Europe with her punk band, Dirty Angels. A recent breakup with her boyfriend, Adi, leaves Laura open to pursue a romance with Sam, the newest band member. Midway through the tour, rampant revolution disrupts their plans. They're detained in France, where Laura suffers physically and mentally, especially when she and her friends must leave Adi behind, beaten and incarcerated. This trauma ignites Laura's political activism, and she finds she's no longer content to be a spectator in this revolution—although her commitment to be involved proves unspecific in nature. Written in British slang as Laura's diary entries, the story can be a little hard to follow at times, but it's unclear if this is because it's set in the British punk underground or because it's set in a fictional futuristic world. Laura is neither compelling nor charismatic—her commitment to her education is tenuous; her punk band shouts ugly, subversive lyrics; and even at just eighteen years old, she's no stranger to drinking binges to get her through emotionally tough times. Always, she rides high with the passion and drama of youth. Although Laura seems to love Adi deeply despite their breakup, there's little tenderness or romance between them. The plot peaks at moments of anarchy and musical frenzy, disconnecting mainstream readers from Laura's radical world. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
VOYA - Donna Miller
This gritty sequel to Saci Lloyd's first book, The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Holiday House, 2009), again features the diary entries of British teenager Laura Brown. Great Britain, like the rest of the world, has been devastated by the fallout from global warming. Carbon-rationing, disease, food and water shortages, and increasing political upheaval combine to create a tumultuous environment, forcing many people to engage in extreme measures to survive. Eighteen-year-old Laura attempts to juggle her life as a punk rocker and university student in London with responsibilities to her family in a small, rural village. As effects from the global disaster continue to accelerate, widespread droughts occur followed by ever-increasing numbers of "water wars" with political extremist groups infiltrating countries and taking control. As Laura and her boyfriend Adi rehearse for a European tour with their band, their relationship becomes more and more fragile. Adi leaves the band to join the eco-terrorist group "2," striving to help those desperate to survive. As Adi's group prepares for armed combat with the United Force, a Nazi-like, white racist group, Laura avoids engaging in politics and focuses on the band's upcoming tour. Their divergent paths result in each of them becoming embroiled in the political fracas in very different ways, some of which are life-threatening. Saci has produced a thrilling story with a serious message for today's young adults, woven skillfully throughout the plot. Reviewer: Donna Miller
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This sequel to the frighteningly plausible The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Holiday House, 2009) continues the saga of Laura Brown, a university student in London, following the apocalyptic climate changes that caused freezing temperatures, drought, and flooding. In the wake of global disaster, Great Britain imposed carbon rationing on its citizens, and everyone receives a card that tracks their allowable use of carbon and severely limits travel, utility usage, and, ultimately, food. Two years later, London has become a wasteland with most people moving to outlying areas, leaving buildings empty of everything but squatters and rats. Neo-Nazis are marching in the streets, the police are out in force quelling rioters, and Laura and her friends are caught in the middle of the conflict between the current corrupt government and the citizens of London as they fight for their personal freedoms and the future of their country. Ultimately, their band and the revolutionary music they perform turn the tide in favor of the people. As in the first book, Laura narrates the story through her diary, complete with angry futuristic slang, images of newspaper clippings, advertisements, and black-and-white photos. This dark eco-thriller is reflective of the growing concern over global warming and decreasing resources and more terrifying in many ways than the ever popular vampire/thriller genre. Fans of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor, 2008) and Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It (Harcourt, 2006) should be steered in Lloyd's direction.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423903
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Series: Carbon Diaries , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 964,482
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd is about a teenage girl an

    The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd is about a teenage girl and the rebellion of the people. While the idea and basics of the story were interesting, I feel that the book was not extremely well written, with multiple errors. I do understand that as a diary, it has some freedom of grammar and spelling, however the fact that there were words that I did not know exist and probably do not, irritates me. Not the words themselves, but the fact that they were written in a way that did not explain to me what they meant. I also did not understand the story, what the characters goal was meant to be, who the antagonist was. Overall, I feel that there were few parts that I truly enjoyed, and even those could have been a lot better. The emotions of the characters were unclear, and more all-over-the-place than usual, complicating and ruining the book further.

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