The Carbon Diaries 2015 – Saci Lloyd (2008, Great Britain, Hodder Children’s Books)
The Carbon Diaries 2015 is a genuine delight on every level – but first and foremost, for the plausibility factor. After the Great Storm, England instigates a plan to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, mandating strict carbon dioxide rationing. This means every family in the country must control their material consumption. Teenager Laura Brown’s life is altered forever, as her dysfunctional family spirals downward into chaos and the country is beset with (re)activism and rebellion in the face of the restrictions. Factor in the freaky weather, power and food shortages, as well as Laura’s desperate attempts to keep her band the dirty angels going AND catch the eye of the cute boy next door and you have the recipe for a really great action-packed story. The diary form is completely workable and effective – Laura’s voice is believable and convincing and occasionally hugely hilarious given the situations she finds herself in. Delicious and scary…especially because it could come true.