Monday 15 March 2010

The Carbon Diaries 2017 - Saci Lloyd

The Carbon Diaries 2017 - Saci Lloyd

Pages: 400
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release Date: 7th January 2010

Other Titles in the Series: The Carbon Diaries 2015

It’s so weird being inside history. I keep waiting for someone to press the stop button.

It’s 2017 and London is a city on the edge, fighting for survival in the new carbon rationing era. As ever, Laura Brown is right on the front line charting events with acerbic wit as Europe descends into student revolt, strikes and a bitter water war.

These are revolutionary times, and it’s down to Laura to deal with the big stuff - how to keep her love life under control, her parents chilled out, and that dream of world domination with her band, the dirty angels, alive.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 was one of my favourite books of 2008, but it’s sequel The Carbon Diaries 2017 fell a little short for me.

I loved the fact that the novel was Laura’s diary; I really like the idea of reading someone else’s diary. (Not that I ever would, of course…) The entries were interspersed with texts, emails, photos and newspaper clippings which brought Laura’s world to life. However, as it is written as a teenager’s diary, there was lots of slang and abbreviations. And although it makes me sound snobby, it was just so irritating! I suppose it is pretty realistic, though.

For me, The Carbon Diaries 2017 didn’t really start until the dirty angels began their French tour. Then the action really kicked off. But before that it just seemed to be plodding along, even with all the drama, and moved at a pretty slow pace. Then again, the hilarity of Kieran throughout the novel kept me going.

Novels like this often freak me out. The future that Saci Lloyd has envisioned is a scarily plausible one of for the UK. I just hope that the idiot in charge of our country don’t impost carbon rationing. They should read this book first; it’d definitely change their minds! Protests, riots, poverty, squalour, water wars, extremist parties taking power and impossible taxes. Chaos, basically. The Carbon Diaries 2017 made me very grateful that I was curled up in bed reading a book instead of on the front-line of a revolution with Laura!

I did end up enjoying The Carbon Diaries 2017, though not as much as the first book, and I hope that I get to read more from Laura Brown in the future.



  1. I've been dying to read some reviews of this one! Thanks very much for a great and really interesting review, Sophie! :)

  2. I've been wondering what this one was like, but haven't really seen much about it around yet. I kind of know what you mean about the use of abbreviations - I don't mind in real life, but in a book that might bug me. Sounds like there might be more action in this instalment though, and it *is* a really interesting subject. That's a really helpful review, thanks. :)

  3. I need to read these one day, as you make them sound so good. They seem really unusual! Sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, a slow pace can have thet effect, unfortunately.

    Thanks for the review!


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