The Carbon Diaries 2015

The Carbon Diaries 2015

by Saci Lloyd


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ISBN-13: 9780340970157
Publisher: Hodder Children's Division
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 242,734
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Saci Lloyd has worked as a script editor for Camouflage Films, where she was involved in several projects including a $20m Columbia Tri-Star co-production, Amy Foster. She is now head of Media at Newham Sixth Form College.

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The Carbon Diaries 2015 (The Carbon Diaries Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KarenBall on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Laura Brown lives in London, and her diary documents 2015, the first year of "carbon rationing" in Great Britain. Climate change has become such a problem that the government decides to cut all carbon emissions by 60% -- every person is issued a card that tracks their allowed use of carbon for the year. Everything is tracked: home heating, travel, food, use of cell phones and other electronics... and the limits of their energy seriously cut into Laura's band rehearsal time and social life. Her family starts to fall apart. Her evil sister tries to escape (and uses too many carbon points), her father's job as head of Travel and Tourism is eliminated, and her mother joins a radical women's group. Meanwhile, the weather through the year swings from freezing to extreme heat and drought to flooding rains -- it's almost like a nonverbal character in the story. The diary includes various clippings and emails and other bits that help to tell the story. Some language and more mature content, but appropriate to the characters and the storyline. Best for 8th grade and up.
deargreenplace on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is a great concept: the UK is rationing carbon emissions in the near future, much like food rationing in previous world wars.16 year-old Laura Brown is the author of the diaries - a middle-class London teenager who plays bass in a band, has a crush on the school hottie and a love-hate relationship with her sister Kim.Kim is tangled up in the black market for carbon credits, arranging meetings for defiant 4x4 drivers who just can't give up their fortnight in Tuscany. Laura's parents seem to be growing apart, particularly after her dad loses his job as a lecturer in Travel & Tourism - an industry that is dying.Laura and her friends and neighbours have to work together when London is threatened by a huge storm that might wipe out the city.As I said, a great concept. Didn't care for any of the characters much.
HatsForMice on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Great ideas and a good story; just couldn't connect to the characters very well. And Laura doesn't know what a rook is, which is the kind of thing that annoys me.
Clumsyhaze on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Set in the not too distant future, a believable account of how life would be when global warming hits. Based on the perspective of a teenager.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
In 2015 the UK becomes the pilot country for a program to ration carbon in an attempt to stave of the catastrophic climate change that has already lead to superstorms and other natural disasters. Laura Brown uses her diary to make sense of the chaos and keep herself sane in this strange new landscape with minimal heat, carbon ration cards, blackouts and worse. With everything changes so quickly, will Laura and her family make it through their first year of rationing? Will the coutnry? Only time will tell in The Carbon Diaries 2015 (2008) by Saci Lloyd. The Carbon Diaries 2015 is Lloyd's first book about Laura Brown's experiences with carbon rationing. The story continues in The Carbon Diaries 2017. Originally published in 2008, The Carbon Diaries 2015 has only become more timely and plausible in 2015. That said, there is something very on the nose in reading a "futuristic" book during the year in which it is set (or after). Because The Carbon Diaries 2015 is written as Laura's diary it is sometimes hard to get a sense of her character. Generally, Laura reads very young although that works in the book's favor as it has fairly broad age appeal. Lloyd does an excellent job of bringing Laura's eerie world to life with all of the madness and troubles that come with carbon rationing. It is this evocative prose that save the novel from being relegated to nothing more than a message-driven allegory for readers used to living in a world of chronic over-consumption. Although The Carbon Diaries 2015 is a slight read beyond the obvious ecological messages, it's still an entertaining read. Recommended readers looking for something new after reading all the bigger name post-apocalyptic novels. Possible Pairings: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, Empty by Suzanne Weyn
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Laura Brown lives in the U.K. - and unfortunately the U.K. is the first country to establish carbon rationing. Everyone will be expected to reduce their carbon consumption by 60%. Everyone has 200 Carbon Points per month to spend on travel, heat, food, and fun. The 200 Carbon Points are loaded on a card. In order to use anything, you have to swipe your card. If you have enough points - fine. If not, your oven could shut off in the middle of cooking dinner. People have to choose what is really important. As tough as the carbon rationing is, the extreme weather patterns are worse. Unbearable heat, droughts, hurricanes, and floods put normal life on hold for everyone. In addition to adapting to this new life, Laura also has to deal with typical teenage issues. Her family seems to be falling apart, her band is attempting to stay together, and she is trying to get the boy next door to notice her. With the U.K. falling down around her, does Laura have the luxury of being a typical teenager? Saci Lloyd has written an addicting eco-thriller. Following Laura through the toughest year of her life is fascinating. Readers will be anxious to read the follow-up, THE CARBON DIARIES, 2017.
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