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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444900811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444900811
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The novel is engaging on every level; the themes are powerful, the characters are vivid and the dialogue is stree-smart ... thought-provoking and absorbing (School Librarian)

A brilliantly imagined future London,a brutal race against time and a tender love story make this an unmissable novel from Lloyd of Carbon Diaries fame. Highly recommended. (The Bookseller)

Tense, urgent and very exciting (The Bookbag)

Lloyd puts her foot on the accelerator from chapter one and doesn't let off ... We havene't picked up a book with this much energy in a long time. It will leave you breathless. (Sugarscape)

Breathtaking ... an action-packed thriller with a warm heart (The Guardian)

Oozes street-wise cool, filled with sharp dialogue ... Lloyd creates a vivid and original dystopia in Momentum that raises issues of class, politics and environment ... sparkling prose and intense pace. (English Association Journal)

An edgy, stylish novel (The Times)

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.' (Lovereadingforkids.co.uk)

'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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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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"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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This story doesn’t stop for breath, it flies and soars. Hunter lives the good life as a citizen, and citizens are rich and priviledged, but they seek a greater state of Nirvana by living through the net in virtual reality. Uma is an outsider, a poor person, living in the slums and their paths cross because Hunter despairs of the virtual world and seeks adventure by practising the art of free running, the skill the Outsiders employ to outrun the Cossacks and the helicopters that hunt them.

The novel centres around a secret enigma of codes, kept by the keepers, but passed onto Uma, who passes it onto Hunter when she is caputred by the Kossack security forces. The deal is to find the new keeper, keep the codes from the Kossacks and discover love. And it is all dealt with during a great old chase through the dystopian streets of London Town.

As I said the story rocks along with running and jumping and dare devil leaps from tall buildings in single bounds.I loved this book and am keen to read more of Saci Lloyd.

Roo
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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 qualification....it's very, very clever, superbly written and it grabs you from the start....far better than most of the 'Teen Fiction' that's out there....read 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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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.
DON'T READ UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE IF YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END
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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