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The Carbon Diaries are written in a rather simplistic manner, with Saci Lloyd using her almost-classroom familiarity with youth terminology and concerns to get the message across. Despite the obvious target market, the CDs are worryingly-realistic; it is not hard to imagine London without the Thames-barrier and what life might be like in the parts of London reclaimed by the Sea.

Saci Lloyd's writing style is vividly descripitive although limited by the use of the diary-style entries. As a result the account of the dystopian future is somewhat subjective, but this really isn't a drawback as it allows the reader to really get to know the inner-workings of our protagonist's - Laura Brown - mind and her take on the situation. It also gives a level of familiarity with her relationships; with her parents and her friends that definitely builds on the first CD book.

The Carbon Diaries 2017 is the second book in the series (The Carbon Diaries 2015) and we find Laura Brown a couple of years older and wiser, trying to get through University and keep her band - the Dirty Angels - together, all the while looking for love in this newly carbon-strangled world. Recommended!!
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on 30 May 2015
Paints a new world with no carbon through the eyes of a teenager, just trying to play in a band. Its her journey about who she is and how she gets there!
loved it - doesn't matter how old you are!
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on 20 May 2014
Cool i loved it. One of my favourite books. Great read for people that like dystopian stuff.. MUST READ. Ann
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on 15 February 2017
The pressing reality of this book is keeping me awake at night.
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on 10 March 2010
This is a great sequel - it takes the ideas and setting of the original and expands them, exploring them more deeply. The world is fast descending into anarchy, but all Laura wants to do is keep her head down and get on with life. Is an education too much to ask? Can't she just see her mates and play in the band? When human rights begin to be ignored in favour of political expediency, Laura finds she's involved whether she likes it or not. A brilliant teen voice in the middle of climate chaos.
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on 11 February 2010
My daughter finds the book a true sequel. A light hearted view of what government could do to continue wrecking the country.
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on 19 December 2014
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