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The Carbon Diaries 2017 (Carbon Diaries #2)

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It's 2017 and London is a city on the edge, fighting for survival in the new carbon rationing era. As ever, Laura Brown is right on the front line, charting events with acerbic wit as Europe descends into student revolt, strikes and a bitter water war.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Hodder Children's Books (first published February 1st 2010)
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Amy
I'm really torn about this book. On the one hand, it was definitely unique and entertaining. I liked it better than the first book. There were themes of angst and rebellion, of oppression and protestation that I found very interesting.

On the other hand... the writing style really annoyed me. I was somewhat used to all the slang and poor spelling and grammar, having read the first book, but it seemed even worse in this one. Instead of adding to the gritty reality of the book, it grated on me and...more
Hallie
Feb 07, 2010 Hallie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf, ya
Very disappointed in this, for a number of reasons. I loved 2015 in part because Laura's voice was fantastically engaging, and the combination of the sarcastic take on her messed-up world and the country's response to carbon rationing worked so well.

In this one, though, things have gone seriously downhill, in the UK and world-wide, but the 'gov', which seemed to be at least okay in the first book, has become completely tyrannical and is obviously unwilling to tackle the growing violence from the...more
Gary
I just can't keep talking about the Carbon Diaries 2 books with people. Fun, light, easy reads, but with some real insight into a future carbon-constrained world. Set in London doesn't hurt: this edition had one scene set in my neighborhood (brick lane). I strongly recommend these books. Read the 2015 one first, I read the whole thing on a plane ride. Many of you probably have more literary sophistication than I do, but if Harry Potter and Twilight can be famous, why can't the Carbon Diaries, ev...more
Anna
I really appreciate the 'Carbon Diaries' series for effectively translating many non-fiction tomes about climate change into novels about a teenage girl's diary. Due to the kind of bore I am, the world-building is the reason I enjoy the series. I'm too much of a grumpy old woman to be terribly involved in the narrator Laura's band and boyfriend problems, but her interaction with current affairs is much more interesting. Her voice rings very true, particularly her ambivalence about political invo...more
Heather
I still like the premise, but I found Laura and Adi annoying (and Eman too - VERY annoying!) and I was more interested in the events of the world than of the main characters. Also, I am really getting sick of the love triangle being the major subplot of teen books. Enough, already!
Jeanne Boyarsky
I was lukewarm about the first book in this series. I liked the style though and the next one was already out from the library so I gave it a shot. I liked the second book less.

The slang was still the same even though Laura is a year older. She roams around Europe and sees things falling apart. The commentary was good. And the world was thought through nicely including the black market. I think I liked this one less because it required more suspension of belief. How does Laura get around without...more
Sophie
The Carbon Diaries 2015 was one of my favourite books of 2008, but it’s sequel The Carbon Diaries 2017 fell a little short for me.

I loved the fact that the novel was Laura’s diary; I really like the idea of reading someone else’s diary. (Not that I ever would, of course…) The entries were interspersed with texts, emails, photos and newspaper clippings which brought Laura’s world to life. However, as it is written as a teenager’s diary, there was lots of slang and abbreviations. And although it m...more
FantasyWereld
In Dagboek van een klotejaar: 2017. Geen flauwekul meer gaat Laura's verhaal verder. Het Verenigd Koninkrijk is geheel veranderd. Het CO2-puntensysteem is nu volledig en succesvol ingevoerd, en de maatschappij heeft zich grotendeels aangepast. Laura's ouders zijn naar het platteland verhuisd, waardoor ze noodgedwongen in een kraakpand moet wonen om in Londen te kunnen blijven. Het wordt steeds gevaarlijker om er te blijven omdat de verschillende groeperingen die protesteren tegen de regering ste...more
Vita
I'm not really sure how to feel about this book... It was less boring than the first book definitely because Laura's past her obsession with Ravi and Thanzila (thank god) and she doesn't sound like those snobby girls who only cares about themselves.
However in this book the story focuses on a love triangle (view spoiler) and it was just plain annoying cause it like lasted through the whole book and I'm just sitting there staring frustr...more
LH Johnson
"Oh Brave new world that has such people in it!"

There's something about the Carbon Diaries 2017 that made me think very much of The Tempest. That sort of discovery of what the world now is, and the realisation that you're going to have to live in this order. That you can't keep the world away, it will find you, and it will take you and now's the time to decide what you stand for.

I think this is the book I wanted all along from this series. I liked it a lot better than the first. It's two years...more
Elizabeth
Two years after Carbon Diaries 2015 Laura Brown is back. A few things have changes since we last saw her. Her family has moved to the country, she's attending university in London, and there's the possibility of a new romance complicated by her continued feelings for Adi. Things start to get crazy as she and her band, the dirty angels, start a tour across France. Laura finds herself questioning her beliefs, and those of the people around her.

This book focuses less on what is happening to her fam...more
J
Another year has passed (we ended Carbon Diaries 2015 on Dec. 31, and start this on Jan. 1, 2017) and London is in truly bad shape. The city is practically under water and the revolution is heating up. Laura is at the university now and trying to keep the band, as well as her relationship with Adi, afloat. I guess I could never survive a real revolution because I couldn't survive this book. The British lingo and references to London geography were just a drag, and the choppy diary format doesn't...more
Cathy Leininger
I really liked both of the Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017 books. They are based in Britain and some American readers may encounter things they aren't familiar with, but the topic - global warming and resource / water conservation - is universal and so the international nature is really the point. Laura Brown is an appealing character rocketing from her family, to failed boyfriends, to rock and roll star, to university student, to radical protestor all in a matter of pages. I loved the illustration...more
Denise Radow
This is the sequel to The Carbon Diaries 2015, in which a group of London students copes with a climate-change induced flood that devastates much of the city. In 2017, carbon rationing has been in place for two years, but everything is still a big mess. Lani is trying to maintain a semblance of normal university life while also playing in a punk band. When her boyfriend gets involved with an underground protest movement, Lani's plans for a fantastic summer tour with the Dirty Angels are thrown i...more
Billie Fremont
Kind of heavy subject. Enjoyed the book and its a quick read. The MC's justification for rebellion is a little stilted but the internal conflict brings up some interesting questions. Think the story moved too fast to do some of the issues proper justice but how far can you go with a YA book?
Keli
I liked this sequel even better than the previous one. The situation has gotten more intense and Laura's relationships have gotten more confusing. What makes this pair of books so good is that Llyod doesn't make it about the world so much as a real person living in this world who can't escape the extreme situations around her. Having in history and my own experience government crack downs, militant police responses and radical conservatism in times of stress, I find the situations in this book t...more
Laura
There's a student at MPOW who loves this series... I can see why (teens getting excited/radical about something, plus the whole greenhouse effect/carbon fuel thing) but it just didn't do it for me. This dystopian view of politics and the climate change future has all the elements of The Children of Men and other like-minded books, but told through a teen voice. That certainly felt real, but for some reason I just didn't buy into the rest of the plotline. Maybe I'm too old, maybe I've never felt...more
Emma
Het eerste boek van Saci Lloyd was leuk. Ik heb het graag gelezen.
Maar dit... was harder, grappiger, sterker, beter. Ik zat helemaal in het boek en voelde de activist in mij opborrelen. Ook ik wou iets veranderen, iets betekenen!
In het tweede boek sloot ik Laura pas in mijn hart. Ik stond naast haar tijdens betogingen. Ik zag haar worstelen met haar liefdes, met opgroeien en met de wereld die op zijn kop kwam te staan. Met haar vastberadenheid en scherpe humor probeert ze haar eigen wereld onder...more
Coquille Fleur
LB, the main character,continues to have a strong voice in this sequel. I maybe even liked this one better than the first, but it's close. Saci Lloyd does a good job with the reality of a 19yr old facing the fear of protesting, not being good or pure enough, or brave and hard-core enough. She struggles with boys, school, and her ideals. The there's the band, Dirty Angels, still working their way to the top amidst a revolution taking place all around them. While I still disagree with the Carbon/C...more
Betsy Diamant-cohen
Laura is back again! Now the government has taken over and is demanding unreasonable taxes from the citizens of England. Government officials have water and electricity, while the general public is taxes and leraing how to make do by raising their own vegetables and animals. Laura tries to stay away from the radical groups, but a trip abroad and a stint in prison convinces her that she cannot stay on the sidelines.

This book was just as good as the first one, and the unique writing style will kee...more
Tanvi
A lot of people seemed to say they were bothered by the constant use of 'text-talk' through the book but really for me it didn't obstruct the fast-paced flow of narrative (maybe because I'm too much of a teenager already?). A fast paced read appropriately interspersed with multimedia that helped along the story. An interesting scenario for characters to be in but as with any sequel it diverted from the 'carbon diaries' theme. The moral of this story? (view spoiler)...more
Ringo The Cat
Sadly, the sequel doesn't live up to the first book, which was already not the greatest book around. Both books do have their fair share of good ideas, but for some reason the pace is not what it should be.
Also, focusing on the love angle (yes Adi, no Adi, yes Sam, no Sam) and the evolution of the Angels in favor of some of the more interesting ideas (you know, like global warming and more trivia like that...) wasn't the best thing for this book series. A bit of a missed opportunity.
Elen Caldecott
This is a great sequel - it takes the ideas and setting of the original and expands them, exploring them more deeply. The world is fast descending into anarchy, but all Laura wants to do is keep her head down and get on with life. Is an education too much to ask? Can't she just see her mates and play in the band? When human rights begin to be ignored in favour of political expediency, Laura finds she's involved whether she likes it or not. A brilliant teen voice in the middle of climate chaos.
Marie
Laura Brown continues her diary from college, a year or so after the previous book. The world is in worse shape. More countries are carbon rationing. The weather has gotten worse. The economy is awful. Laura doesn't just record the events, she acts in them. She is detained in France when her band spends the summer touring Europe. She is beat by police in protest marches. Romance is here, too. Will she go with Adi, her terrorist boyfriend, or learn to love Sam? Good read.
Hayden
Jul 07, 2011 Hayden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people
I'm not gonna lie, I loved this book.
I think it was better than the first one.
You could really relate to the characters and all the events to me just seemed like they could have actually been on the news at some point.
Everybody needs a Kieran to brighten up their day :)
Why am I writing in short sentences?
What happened to Sam at the end - you never found out about the reaction to the postcard.
Laura shouldn't have ended up with Adi, Sam would be a way better boyfriend.
Booknut
I personally liked the first book better - this book seemed a little up and down, the pace sometimes normal (everyday going-ons), the next minute it was racing (wars, riots, breakups, get togethers). I liked it, but I'm a little torn over what I think about it overall, to be perfectly honest. I kinda feel like Laur! Overall alot of effort has gone into it, for which I give kudos to the author for (especially the images and 'newspaper' clippings within which were brilliant!).
Liz Chapman
Didn't add too much to the first...these actually felt like the same book. Which is okay...it just didn't add anything new.

One thing that I would have been interested in is more discussion of the media's role in this world. I believe it plays a HUGE part in the global warming discussion, and I would have liked to see that in this series. I guess you have to pick your battles.

Pretty good read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first.
Ginny
I tried so hard, I really did! I even tried skimming. But nothing worked. I could not connect to this book in any way whatsoever! And I am hugely disappointed because I was looking forward to it. The characters annoyed me from the get go. I think maybe skipping 2 years was the problem, too much had changed and it was as if we were supposed to have known what really happened. Maybe one day I'll go back and see if I can get in to it.
Linda
The further adventures of the girl with the punk rock band as the continuing climate change across the planet leads to rioting, the return of skinheads, biogtry, one group against the other. I expected to read about the physical changes, i.e., floods in one area, extreme drought in other. But I hadn't thought much about the consequential sociological results. Really interesting book.
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