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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823423018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823423019
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #672,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A daunting vision of global chaos.'—Books for Keeps

An absolutely brilliant read.—Guardian

'an uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp - Adrian Mole does the apocalypse.'—Financial Times

'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.'—Bookseller's Choice, Publishing News

'It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.'—Lovereadingforkids.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 12 2009
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Terrific premise; great dystopian vision; flawed story Feb. 19 2012
By A. Steinberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Look, I'm not a teenage girl, so perhaps a teen reading this book will overlook the things that bothered me. I think every young person really ought to read this book (or see the inevitable movie -- this *was* written by a screenwriter) at some point if only to get them thinking about the possible personal and global implications of climate change. It is a well-researched and often chilling vision of what life might be like if the worst comes to pass: floods, heat and cold waves, rationing and drought and famine.

And yet...

On the other hand, the main character I found quite annoying, and while her sometime short-sightedness may be realistic for some young people faced with global crisis, her responses to truly devastating, traumatic events is sometimes shallow and unsatisfying, or at least fleeting.

More importantly, her dysfunctional parents are such caricatures (of ex-hippies, no less) that at the personal level the story never strays from broad comedy or satire. Since this family's fiddling around with pig farming (Dad) and hyper-feminism (Mom) is played out against a sort of disaster-movie background, it saps the larger topic of much of its bite. It's like a cartoon family living in a live-action apocalypse. Sounds interesting -- but it does not work here. And, frankly, a child in such a family would be much more traumatized by the way her parents treat each other, much more troubled about her truant sister's flirtations with a sort of carbon mafia, and so on.

Does this mean the book would have to be bleak and depressing from start to finish? No, but a bit more seriousness in the main character's home situation and the characters therein would allow the gravity of the environmental story to have much more impact, which it really deserves to have, as, again, the premise and style of the book are so promising.

Finally, the words "Puke!" and "Eww!" as exclamations, e.g., when parents show affection toward one another, really ought to be avoided in teen fiction (maybe especially dystopian teen fiction!). They can sound like an adult author trying to sound , well, like a teen. Puke!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Angst-ridden but good Feb. 22 2009
By J. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The idea of carbon rationing is not new, carbon credits having been a staple of science fiction for some time now. Climate change / global warming has been a staple of the genre for some time now as well. What Lloyd has done is taken all the fun of those concepts, thrown in a first-person teenage perspective with a healthy dose of angst, and given us a year in the life of young Londoner Laura.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is not Laura herself (her band, the boy next door, angst, school, the other boy, angst, etc), but her observations about her family, particularly her parents. Unable to withstand the pressures of carbon rationing, they separate and develop new lives. Her mother becomes involved with a somewhat militant women's commune, living in an old warehouse and wearing a tool belt. Her father develops into an urban husbandman, tearing down neighborhood fences to create a common field with his neighbors and taking a job driving a horse-drawn delivery wagon. It is interesting that change comes hardest for the youngest member of the family.

"The Carbon Diaries" manages to spin out a solid narrative tale without losing the impact of the diary format, leaving gaps that are just large enough for the reader to fill in, but not so large as to leave the reader behind. The gospel of global warming is not preached, leaving Laura and her family free to simply try to survive. The carbon credit system is a little murky (how can individuals be charged for household consumption?), but this adds to the sense of empathy over the sweeping changes the characters must face. Overall very enjoyable, minus one star for angst.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Sept. 15 2009
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fast forward a few years to the United Kingdom, the first country in the world to respond to the global-warming crisis by setting strict limits on how much energy every person could use. Like everyone else in the UK, Laura Brown and her family members were each given a carbon allowance of 200 Carbon Points per month that they could spend on food, heating, and travel. These ration points came on top of the higher prices people already had to pay once the carbon usage of each commodity had been factored into its cost.

Carbon rationing and the resulting abuses of the system and black market sales proved to be just the first of major events related to global warming that would fundamentally change Laura's teenage lifestyle. Incredible drought, extreme cold, riots, immense forest fires, flooding, and the most severe storm in history: just how much more could the country, not to mention the rest of Europe, take? In the midst of these catastrophes, Laura did her best to stay sane, keep her band Dirty Angels together, get the attention of the cute boy next door, and survive the antics of her dysfunctional family.

With The Carbon Diaries 2015, Saci Lloyd provides a frightening glimpse of the not-so-distant future in the context of global warming that has gone out of control. The novel makes a valiant attempt at weaving a plot that combines a sophisticated rationing scheme with natural disasters and normal teenage angst. The diary-entry format, informal teenage prose, and images with internet and email printouts should appeal to young adult readers seeking a fast-paced novel with a tech-savvy interface.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Compelling, Entertaining Romp Dec 29 2009
By F. Gorrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Could not put this book down! Targeted at young adults, this diary in the voice of a 16-year old girl describes the first year of life in London - in 2015 - under strict carbon rationing that came about in response to the "Great Storm" triggered by global warming. The book is written in language that rings true to modern life (a bit raw at times), and the predicaments and conflicts are extensions from things we've already seen. The author has given her young witness to these events an authentic voice as her focus vacillates in a genuine way between the disasters besetting her world, her interest in the boy next door, her own questions about her self-image and her place in the world, and family dynamics. The book reminded me, in its comedic style, of cold war hysteria send-ups like "The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming."


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