June 3, 2011@ 10:15 AM ♣ Comments (0)
Title: The Carbon Diaries
Author: Saci Lloyd
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Score: ♣ ♣ ♣
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.
Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her?
In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs. The Carbon Diaries 2015 is one girl s drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.
An extremely interesting take on the consequences of how we treat the Earth. I imagine the concept of rationing to be extremely plausible. It’s hard to imagine that in three years, something like this could happen, but with the natural disasters that have been occurring, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
Although the book was hard to get into, I found that it got better as I went deeper into the book. Laura has an authentic voice, but the people around her are a tad bit unrealistic. You have your typical blondie seductress, your sexy exotic boy next door, the best friend who has a crush on you, the gay salon hair dresser, the crazy yet wise old man, the dysfunctional dad, the list of stereotypical characters goes on.
But the situations that Laura faces are extremely real. Love, floods, and pigs. Okay, maybe not the pigs.
Overall, just a good book. It was enjoyable to read and definitely forced me to take a good long look at how I live and think about how much I have and how I can improve it for the better.
Funny, this the second book this week I’ve read about that’s themed around environmental issues. I think it’s a sign.
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