Nice Place to Visit, But…

Posted in Favorite Books at 3:47 pm by Janet

I’ve really enjoyed the Carbon Diaries books by Saci Lloyd. I like to think of them as the British answer to Life as We Knew It. Or maybe it’s just another dystopia series (because dystopia is the new vampire). I don’t know. But long story short, it’s just a few short years in the future and the UK is rationing carbon usage due to climate change gone out of control. Laura is a London-area teenager and she’s doing regular teenage stuff–going off to university, trying to decide what she wants to do with her life, dating, playing in a band. But all of this is made way more complicated by the fact that survival is not a given. How’s she supposed to study when her home is flooded, or when the government is beating student protesters? The books raise important questions about our energy use, the role of government, and citizens’ role in changing their situation. It’s so near in the future, I could actually see this happening if people don’t manage to cut back energy use now.

The funny thing is, Laura and her friends, despite the bad situation they’re in, are really cool. They play in a punk rock band, they do guerrilla art projects, and they speak in pithy British slang. I would totally have wanted to hang out with them. Except for the drought. And the floods. And the shortages. And… Eh. I think it’s better just to read about them.

One more thing…not sure if a third book is in the works, but if there is, Laura has a love triangle on her hands at the close of 2017. I would just like to state now that I am on Team Sam.

OK, must go turn out all the lights and sell my car to reduce carbon footprint. Goodbye…


  1. Bridget said,

    September 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I was JUST going through the 80 or so library books I have lying around to see what needed to get taken back and what I still wanted to read and CARBON DIARIES WAS IN THE PILE!!!! I have absolutely no recollection of checking this book out. Janet, did you psychically send it to me?
    I hope it’s the first one otherwise I’m going to have to do some hunting.
    Will read soon.

  2. Janet said,

    September 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Hooray! I hope you like it. Yes, my library has psychic services now and I sent you that book. Forget online services, it’s all about mind control. Mwa ha ha.

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