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Saci Lloyd
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2 Jun 2011
London, the near future. Energy wars are flaring across the globe - oil prices have gone crazy, regular power cuts are a daily occurrence. The cruel Kossak soldiers prowl the streets, keeping the Outsiders - the poor, the disenfranchised - in check. Hunter is a Citizen: one of the privileged of society, but with his passion for free running and his rebel friend Leo he cannot help but be fascinated by the Outsiders. So when he meets Outsider Uma, he is quickly drawn into their world - and into an electrifying and dangerous race to protect everything they hold dear.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444900811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444900811
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Carbon Diaries 2015:

'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.'

(Bookseller's Choice, Publishing News)

'It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.' (

'an uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp - Adrian Mole does the apocalypse.' (Financial Times)

'A daunting vision of global chaos.' (Books for Keeps)

Praise for Momentum:

'A brilliantly imagined future London, a brutal race against time and a tender love story make this an unmissable novel ... Highly recommended.'

(The Bookseller)

Will appeal to a huge range of teenagers. (Bookbag)

Haven't picked up a book with this much energy in a long time... an original read, with dizzying pace and a storyline that will leave you thinking. (SugarScape)

From its breathtaking opening ... an action-packed thriller with a warm heart (Guardian)

An edgy, stylish novel with a strong message about the dangers of nuclear power. (Times)

Chilled and enthralled me. (England Lane's Books)

Engaging on every level; the themes are powerful, the characters are vivid and the dialogue is street-smart. (School Librarian)

Kids of 14 and over love her thrillers. (Daily Telegraph)

A vivid and original dystopia in Momentum that raises issues of class, politics and environment. Sparkling prose and intense pace. (English Association Journal)

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A hugely exciting dystopian thriller from the immensely talented Costa-shortlisted author Saci Lloyd

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 1 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The UK relies on economic aid from China. Rolling blackouts periodically cripple London. Only the super rich can afford new cars because of the relentless rise in oil prices.

Outside the gated communities of professional workers, a disenfranchised community grows its own food and generates its own power, perhaps forming the basis of a sustainable society.

This is the vision of a world beyond the energy crisis, where traditional economics has been undermined by the decline of fossil fuels and society has to adapt to a world where cheap energy is a distant memory.

Could it happen? Maybe, and this novel imagines a fascinating future where the realities of energy decline impact on young people from both sides of the social divide.

It's exciting, thought-provoking, and hugely relevant to current debate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent eco dystopia 23 Oct 2012
By Holly
"Evan shakes his head, wondering for the millionth time if human beings are worth the effort. Oil: this cheap energy has turned us stupid, no different than a bunch of fruit flies who've found a pile of sugar... So much for us being superior to other animals."

"Preparing her body to go inside the Darknet, she falls into a tense crouch - but her retinal implant is not activating: it's a void. A cold, cold breaker of fear crashes over her."

As well as the environmental subtext, this novel blends together free running, hacking, technology-addiction, mystic old Londoners, romance, rebellion and discrimination in a brilliantly convincing futuristic version of life in London. It's exciting, absorbing, thought-provoking and unpredictable, with fascinating characters who you get to know and care about.

It doesn't say on the blurb that it's the first of a series, but it is surely begging to be! Come on, Ms Lloyd, please complete what you've started...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?....Utterly Brilliant. 24 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wasn't aware of Saci Lloyd until my daughter was invited to a 'Young authors future Manchester' type thing at the Science & Industry Museum earlier this year. Out of the three contributing authors, Saci seemed the most mental in a good way! My daughter was hooked and 'kindled' her book straight away, I read it shortly after her and thought it was fantastic. I read the 'Hunger Games' and all of the 'Harry Potters', this is so much better. That statement perhaps needs some's very, very clever, superbly written and it grabs you from the start....far better than most of the 'Teen Fiction' that's out it if you're a teenager, buy it if you're a parent, read it then let your kids read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the carbon diaries 20 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book because it was by the same person who wrote the carbon diaries, which I loved.
However, unlike the cd, the future problems are not explained properly. I actually had no idea what some parts were about. But the eye thingies that sent you onto a sort of virtual reality world was a good idea as I can see that happening in the future.
The ending was a enirmous let down. It ends with one of the main characters seriously ill, and you never know how the enemy is defeated or if the character lives. Maybe the writer is planning a sequel (I hope so) but if not I will be annoyed forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sleeper book!!! 4 Aug 2014
By ceye - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this beauty at a book sale..advanced readers copy! Not to be sold, but local library sale--I bought and am GLAD I did. This book is full of tense moments, fast action, hard asse- bad guys or are they the GOOD GUYS, wait a second…are the bad guys good or…You have to discovrr this yoursself! This 1984 type of plot has me totally involved with the hero's(or are they the bad…you know---) READ THIS BOOK
it might just be our future……"Are you poor…have a job? Are you a Citizen or an Outsider"……Get this book, before… "RAID!! Get Down……!!!'"
5.0 out of 5 stars YA dystopian action? Must read Momentum! 25 Sep 2012
By J. Jarman - Published on
I'm astounded that more people haven't discovered this fantastic novel! I could not put it down and I have no trouble at all in highly recommending it.

I don't want to ruin the story for anyone so no plot spoilers here! Momentum is a really fast-paced YA novel told from the perspectives of two teen protagonists from different sides of the tracks, with superbly written, exciting and suspenseful run-for-your-life chases, `augmented reality', free running (pk), a young love and military/government conspiracies.

The world is a vividly crafted and utterly believable future London, gritty and edgy without being overly `futuristic'. The teen characters Hunter and Uma are authentic and admirable. Their budding relationship isn't forced; it builds beautifully along with the plot.

Saci Lloyd is an amazing author who writes in an economical way that is easy to read, yet she builds wonderful characters and covers a lot of distance, giving out all the information required for the reader to `be there' and understand the intricacies of the world along the way. I'm past the target age group, but I just didn't want this book to end. Had there been a sequel, I would have eaten it up. I do hope someone has the good sense to turn this into a quality movie!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Momentum 4 Sep 2011
By paperbackpeach - Published on
I need to start with this: Momentum is awesome. It's going down on my list of favorites. It's so, so good. I can't wait to read it again.

But I'm having a hard time recommending it.

I'm trying, but I don't know if I can honestly say "go and read this book you guys!" This is one of those approach-with-caution kind of books. It's kind of like reading The Matrix. You either love it, or the thought of it makes you snort.

Momentum starts out almost too hard. I always give a book at least a hundred pages before I start passing judgement, but I thought about giving up on this one in the first chapter. I just didn't understand.

'So if you do choose to read Momentum, step one is to make sure you study a good blurb. Make a mental note that this book does not take place in the US, so there's cultural differences to take into account (but it's also super fun because all the characters have accents). And read the stinkin' note at the beginning that explains that little Chinese character! It would have made my life so much easier.

The next step is to stick around until the middle of chapter three. This is the clicking point. I may or may not have literally facepalmed and went "duh! This is amazing!" and then finished reading with record speed. It hits its stride really well, and even though things aren't completely clear, you definitely want to stick around for more.

Things get easier from there. Chapter nine clears things up and leaves almost no doubt in your mind, and then chapter thirteen brings everything out into the light. It's a fantastic ride from there on out. I laughed, I cried. I cried hard, actually.

One downer of this book is the cursing. It isn't frequent and it isn't appalling, but there's just enough to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Consider yourself forewarned, continue at your own risk.

This was my first Saci Lloyd book, and let me tell you, the woman can write a character. Momentum is written from the point of view of all the characters, and it hops back and forth between them with no apparent pattern and absolutely no warning. There is no scientific way my brain can handle something like this, but somehow I got it. It's like magic or something.

Each character is so specific and distinct, it feels like she doesn't even have to tell us their names before we know it's them narrating. I could feel what they were feeling, I could sense the logic they understood, I knew why they made the decisions they made. I connected with them, sympathized really deeply. The author did an amazing job.

Also, Hunter is an absolute book babe. Just saying.

That's my two cents. I'm leaving it up to you. But if you do choose to go for the whole thing, I promise it's a treat you'll be happy you stuck around for.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic action 25 Oct 2013
By Tas - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It would be so entertaining for kids who like violent gaming totally cool cant wait for it to go theater style
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