Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Carbon Diaries 2015, by Saci Lloyd

What do you do when global climate change really hits home hard and you're an average teen-age girl trying to keep her band together? After having read a number of post-Apocalypse books recently I valued the more whimsical approach Lloyd takes to the topic. Make no mistake--she is serious about exploring the changes that climate change is likely to bring to our world, but does it in a way that isn't quite so desperate. The format of the book also includes some interesting and engaging graphics. There are notebook pages "taped" into the book, emails, advertising, and other "artifacts" that lend reality to the book.

The "science" behind the book is largely hypothetical--but seems within reasonable bounds of the imagination. The book begins with the issuance of carbon "credit" cards. Each member of the family is issued a card that tracks their carbon usage.

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