Friday, July 1, 2011

The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

genre: young adult

In the very near future, Londoner Laura is keeping a journal while Britain begins some radical environmental changes. She’s now got a Carbon Card that she has to use for anything that leaves a carbon footprint and global warming has messed up the weather big time. All this is happening while Laura is just trying to live a normal life with her lunatic parents, pass her exams and be the bass player in a totally rockin’ band.

Laura’s diary is very British teen-speak. She’s snarky and brutal but I liked that you could tell that under that scratchy teenage exterior that she cares about her family and is scared by how things can change. It doesn’t even pretend to be anything other than a treatise on global climate change and how probable apocalyptic events could affect the life of just one person. Sometimes it felt a little forced and TOO “look how evil globalization and Big Oil are” but sometimes it felt very “we can fix this planet” and I think that’s an important message to give young adults. I laughed out loud a few times but not as much as I was hoping I would. All in all, I think teens might like it better than I did.

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1 comment:

Wella S. AƱonuevo said...

It's really interesting though not my type of book to read. But gotta check it out first before commenting more..nice review..:)

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