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The Carbon Diaries 2017 (2010)

by Saci Lloyd(Favorite Author)
3.4 of 5 Votes: 3
0340970162 (ISBN13: 9780340970164)
Hodder Children's Books
Carbon Diaries
review 1: 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 involvement and direct action. The background of economic turmoil, carbon rationing, and extreme weather is highly effective, without blocks of description being shoehorned into the narrative. I'm less convinced by the use of images within the text, for example of emails on phone screen... more.I think I narrowly preferred the 2015 prequel to this novel, as the former focused more on how household life in the UK was altered by carbon rationing. In 2017 Laura goes international, which makes for a more adventurous plotline with much less about pig keeping et cetera. It was such mundane details of carbon-rationed life that I liked best. Moreover, Larkin the pig was one of my favourite characters. In short, I wish there were more novels that used climate change and carbon mitigation policies as a background.
review 2: 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 controle te houden, met soms droevige gevolgen, vaak hilarisch, en af en toe ontroerend, tot op het bot. less
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I liked this book -- a decent sequel with lots of vivid details.
Awesome. I hope there will be a third book.
Oh man i wish there was more, i really do.
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