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The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Carbon Diaries #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  2,132 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
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
"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
Jun 10, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Gail Gauthier
Apr 10, 2015 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 05, 2013 Entelkitap rated it liked it
Kitabı okuyalı iki yıl olmuş. 2015 geldi de geçiyor, ama karbondioksit kısıtlaması konusunda tık yok; yazık... Bakalım ne zaman kitabın öngörüsü gerçekleşecek?
Liz Chapman
Jul 14, 2012 Liz Chapman rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2010 Izzy rated it liked it
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
Jul 10, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it
I read the blurb of this book and instantly wanted to read it. I am a big fan of dystopian teenage novels so I thought I would really like this book but sadly that was not the case. What I thought would be a well written and intelligent book turned out to be a book full of grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and scientific inaccuracies that really annoyed me.

The book is set is 2015 and the UK, due to Global Warming, had been placed on Co2 rationing. I really did think that the plot would be re
Mar 22, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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
Noura Al-jabeli
Jul 21, 2014 Noura Al-jabeli rated it did not like it
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
Nov 20, 2008 Hallie rated it liked it
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
Nov 30, 2013 Sheinman21 rated it did not like it
this book is the most annoying, bratty and unrealistic book that I have read in ages. It uses impossible situations to support the author's view. The storm surge destroying London is something in which there is a possibility of 1 in 20 within the next 80 years and it would be impossible so close because ice caps aren't melting fast enough. Not to mention the drought in London. This book scares teenagers into succumbing to the author's political view of anarchic communism, and that the English go ...more
May 25, 2012 Artemissia rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
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
Dec 29, 2009 Ann rated it liked it
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
I had high hopes for this book, the premise was interesting what with the very real problem of carbon emissions, global warming, the energy crisis ect. and what governments might do to keep it from it getting worse and whether it'll infringe on the public's civil rights ect.

But this book did none of that, it started out alright, but gradually the story telling drifted away from the main (and more interesting plot of a national and global crisis) and more and more to do with teenage drama ect. Ma
Sep 27, 2009 TheSaint rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, ya
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
Sep 23, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
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).
May 09, 2010 Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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!
Mar 12, 2009 H rated it liked it
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.
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Jun 20, 2015 Kirsty Noah-whitlock rated it did not like it
Only recommendation is avoid at all costs! Very boring book. Struggled for 160+ pages as im not one to give up on a book lightly but could no longer read the rubbish moanings of a teenager about her band and boyfriend when the world is so called struggling. sorry to the author but imagination needed! ! x
Nov 27, 2014 Corey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The book sucked. Unless you're like 8 or something. In which case, you're stupid and no one cares whether you liked it or not.

P.S. I was planning on writing this really long review of this book, but I have thought against it. I honestly do not want to waste another minute on this novel.
Oliver Eastwood
Aug 29, 2016 Oliver Eastwood rated it really liked it
Some bits were kind of slow, but otherwise it was a great dystopia novel. Trying to find 2017, but not much luck.
May 26, 2014 Jonty rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
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.
Jan 26, 2014 Lilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heftig verhaal, zeg!
Isobel Rutherford
Apr 14, 2015 Isobel Rutherford rated it did not like it
i hated it
Mar 17, 2015 --+Faith+-- marked it as to-read
It's actually 2015 now xD
Elijah Brazel
Mar 16, 2017 Elijah Brazel rated it really liked it
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Jun 18, 2017 Lucy rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2017, dystopia
I found this book alright. I liked the premise, I liked the main character Laura but everything else I just found a bit meh. Laura's family went straight into ridiculous at times and I didn't particularly like any of them. Same with her friends as well. I didn't particularly like the band or boyfriend subplots and wished it had stuck more with the dystopian nature of the premise. I know it was meant to be a teenager's diary and they probably wouldn't be focusing on how crap the world is the whol ...more
Jun 27, 2017 Christine rated it liked it
With a slow start and initially annoying main character, I didn't think I'd make it through this book. But she soon becomes more interesting and the book gets going. She's still annoying, but in a likeable sense. If you want to see the world through a new pair of eyes and in a new reality, this is the book for you.
Nov 22, 2016 Olivia rated it did not like it
The book was very hard to understand because it was very jumpy. There was never a real plot developed and the character had no noticeable goal until a long ways into the book. The book is too lengthy and not worth the read.
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