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The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Carbon Diaries #1)

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It's January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon.
Paperback, 379 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Hodder Children's Books (first published September 4th 2008)
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Jackie "the Librarian"
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 more embarrassing
Gail Gauthier
"The book isn't a cautionary tale, in my humble opinion. It's much more 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 dete
I have to admit that I rolled my eyes more 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 sm ...more
Kitabı okuyalı iki yıl olmuş. 2015 geldi de geçiyor, ama karbondioksit kısıtlaması konusunda tık yok; yazık... Bakalım ne zaman kitabın öngörüsü gerçekleşecek?
"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 war
I picked this up because I loved Life As We Knew It and I thought this would be similar. Although I still liked Carbon Diaries 2015, I must admit I was rather disappointed by it. While bad things certainly happened to Laura and I liked her as a character, the book wasn't very dark. It didn't provoke much emotion in me at all, other than wondering what I would do if I was Laura. Perhaps it was just me, but I really felt like I was merely reading her story rather than getting emotionally involved ...more
Liz Chapman
Geez, this book scared me. And enthralled me.

First of all, you'll probably only enjoy this book if you accept the reality of global warming. Climate change denialists will likely have a hard time with the premise of the story. So know that before reading. If you're not sure how you feel about global warming, this is definitely a good way to, ahem, light a fire under you to do some more research.

I was worried that this book would be more propaganda than literature, but I didn't think that was t
I didn't finish this book, so take what you will of my review. Maybe it would have gotten better by the end, but I don't have much hope of it considering that I read all the way to page 104 and still gave up on it. The concept is great -- everyone in England needs to limit the amount of carbon they use, and usage is tightly controlled by the government. Maybe eventually there would have been a cool storm or two that would have killed a few million people. But up to page 104, it was mostly a lot ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Hallie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, sf
July 2011 - reread this for the History Project (oh yes, it does make sense to talk about this book in the context of the representation of history - /teaser) and liked it MUCH less on a reread. I was very taken with the way the carbon rationing was introduced and handled for the first third or so of the book, and think that carried me along when it really went downhill. Have read a few interviews with the author and -- it just doesn't hang together. None of it. What she was trying to do, what s ...more
J'avais oublié à quel point j'aimais l'humour anglais assez décalé. Laura est une ado comme bien d'autre qui arrive à un âge ou les parents deviennent bête et la vie injuste. Et il y a de quoi ! Car dans le monde de Laura ( qui pourrait nous arriver) l'énergie est rationné !

Difficile quand on a l'habitude et qu'on y pense plus de gérer quelque chose qui jusqu'alors nous semblait normal.

Entre les problèmes de gestion de l'énergie, une famille qui part à vau-l'eau et les amours naissant dans un cl
Anne Broyles
This novel has a tremendous premise. CARBON DIARIES shows what global warming could look and feel like in just a short time if stronger steps aren't taken in personal and societal life changes. Lloyd illustrates the scientific possibilities through one 16-year-old's perspective, and the illustrations throughout the book add to its sense of realism.

Unfortunately, I never connected with the main character, who was angry, annoying and self-centered for most of the book. Her dysfunctional family wer
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 o
Jeanne Boyarsky
I just finished taking the Coursera "why a 4 degree warmer world must be avoided" class so this title jumped out at me on the shelf. I liked the idea of examining what drastic cuts in energy (and water) would do.

The book is written from the point of view of a British teenager. There was slang, but it was still readable. I liked the format of a diary with entries by day over the course of the year. I liked that death was mentioned but not harped on unlike some gory books. I liked the scrapbook cl
Noura Al-jabeli
I picked up this book, like many of the readers who reviewed, believing it maybe a little more interesting than other fiction books I've read; however, I was disappointed.
As I read on I kept needing to remind myself that these were 'journal' entries not random twitter updates given the ridiculous use of slang and misspelled words. Maybe the author of this book tried to reach out to a much younger audience, probably much younger than the protagonist herself who seemed more like an angsty 7th grad
This is a battle cry of a book. I might start a petition to get it put on the national curriculum. Stand up and take notice people, because if we don't stop our governments ignoring climate change in favour of big businesses maximising profits, this could happen.

I was in Gloucestershire in 2007. We had already had some flooding in June and the fields were still saturated so when we had an absolute deluge on the 19th/20th of July - my eighteenth birthday - there was nowhere for the water to go. T
Another book about environmental disaster. This one was not quite as harrowing as Life As We Knew It of The Dead and the Gone by Susan Pfeffer, or because it ended with a little hope for the future. It's also written in diary form (like those others), but this one takes place in London. And I liked the side story about the narrator (Laura) playing bass in a punk band called the dirty angels (in lowercase letters).

I started out being super engaged in this book. The premise is awesome, and the characters were pretty cool at first, too, but towards the end the characters (especially the narrator, Laura) started to grate on my nerves. Maybe it's because the book is clearly targeted toward a teenage audience and I'm almost 30, but I found her to be especially annoying...I'm not averse to reading books from the point of view of teenagers, but Laura was hard to swallow. I almost kind of wished that the book
This was the best airplane book I've ever read. I felt a bit embarrassed when I got it in the bookstore (off the young adults' fiction shelf), but I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the sequel. It took about 7 total hours to read so good if you're on a beach somewhere or like me on a plane, actually I think it would be good anywhere, but just so you know, its a very fast read. Enjoy!
Pretty good environmental sci fi for the YA (young to mid teen) crowd. Imagines a near future England where carbon emissions have been cut by 60% and a world in which the weather has gone nuts, creating havoc around the globe, all while a teenaged girl tries to keep her life normal. A cut above a lot of the "message" sci fi I've read.
It was another dystopia book like the hunger games but had a more realistic a scary look. The world goes on carbon rationing to stop climate change.
I really enjoyed reading The Carbon Diaries, both 2015 and 2017, and I would like to see more of Laura's story, or more books in the same setting, different characters. These books present a view of a dystopian future that is right on our doorsteps, but instead of just being books aimed at fear mongering, they actually present some food for thought about potential ways to get through these seemingly inevitable crises without resorting to the total annihilation that is found in other speculative ...more
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Storbrittanien har infört ransonering av koldioxidutsläpp, där alla får ett kort laddat med poäng som blir avdragna när man förbrukar saker som på något vis släpper ut koldioxid. Det är ett intressant koncept, men går det hela vägen fram?

Vi följer det första året av ransoneringen genom Laura Browns dagbok, där vi får läsa om kaoset det medför till hennes familj när de måste anpassa och förändra sina liv och vanor. Systern Kim är arg på alla och säljer poäng på sva
Die in England neu eingeführte Rationierung von CO2 macht allen zu schaffen, auch Laura Brown und ihre Familie hadern damit. Kein Auto mehr, maximal Stunden fernsehen täglich, 2 Stunden in denen geheizt wird und das auch als ein Schneesturm von Südeuropa her über England zieht. Stromausfälle sind wegen dem Erdgasboykott der Franzosen keine Seltenheit mehr. Als das Unwetter vorbei ist, wird Europa aufgrund des Schmelzwassers von Überschwemmungen geplagt. Als Frankreich den Boykott beendet, kommt ...more
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Summary: By 2015, global warming is a reality no one can ignore. And unfortunately for 16-year-old Londoner Laura, the UK becomes the first country to mandate carbon rationing. Which means cutting back on her punk rock band practice and taking the bus to school, not to mention all the fights at home about who’s been using up too many carbon credits.

Review: Props for timing on this one. This is the kind of book I’d love to write. So yeah, I w
“Carbon Diaries 2015” by Saci Lloyd is set in the United Kingdom in the very near future. With the entire world being affected by global warming and other environmental problems, the UK decides to implement Carbon Rationing. Sixteen year-old Laura Brown is given 200 carbon points just like everyone else. However, she has to deal with her changing family. Her sister Kim starts profiting from Carbon rationing; her mother has to give up driving her beloved car; her father does not know what to do, ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
The year is 2015 and global warming has begun to cause weather disasters around the world. Britain leads the world in trying to solve the problem by reducing pollution and monitoring its citizens. Supplies of food, water and heat are limited and we watch as a middle class family tries to cope. The main character, Laura, tries to finish high school and plays bass in her band while the world around her disintegrates. No one can say what the future will bring but everyone muddles along as best they ...more
This book grew on me as I read it. A bit like LIFE AS WE KNEW IT in that it covers the journal of a girl experiencing hardships in the face of natural disaster. However, while LIFE deals with the problems that evolve when the moon is knocked off orbit by a meteor, CARBON DIARIES 2015 deals with a slower catastrophe: England becomes the first country in the EU to cut personal carbon dioxide emissions as a sort of rationing to help counteract the weather changes that come as a result of global war ...more
There is a lot of talk about this book - it is being heavily advertised, has gotten starred reviews, and seems to be a contender for the next awards season. I found it to be just O.K. with an equal number of strengths and weaknesses.

The book could be paired with books set in England ("The London Eye Mystery" or "How I Live Now" - even "Bog Child," though this is set in Ireland), dystopian/futuristic novels, or eco-thrillers. "Carbon Diaries" is set in 2015 as global warming and a shortage of res
I once picked this book up and read the first twenty-odd pages at the Barnes and Noble at home. I didn't buy it then, but when I saw it on display at the Harvard Co-Op last week when I was spending all my money on books I took a second look.

The main character Laura-- whose name I just had to look up and I finished this yesterday-- lives in London (well just outside) in 2015 when the world is destroying itself and Carbon is on rationing. She's supposedly a hard-core girl, in a punk band, just tr
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Saci Lloyd was born in Manchester, but raised in Anglesey where she spent a lot of time lost in nature or down by the shore.

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“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.” 9 likes
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