Holiday House, 2010. 978-0823422609
Synopsis: With the government cracking down more heavily on carbon rationing, Laura Brown finds herself caught up in the underground resistance while studying at University and still trying to keep her band dirty angels together. But when the band is on a European tour, Laura and her bandmates are drawn even further into the revolution when they witness firsthand the corruption about which the band always sings. Now Laura has a choice: will she hide in her room or will she join the fight?
Why I picked it up: I enjoyed Laura’s account of the carbon rationing in 2015 and I wanted to see just how much had changed since she last kept a diary.
Why I finished it: Laura’s life seems like it has gotten even more crazy since her last diary entry on December 31, 2015: she’s squatting in a flat in London since her parents’ home was repossessed, she’s juggling two love interests, and she’s having a hard time trying to focus on her studies with so much chaos going on in the city. But she’s still the same charismatic narrator that struggles with doing the right thing and what will help her feel like she’s really herself. The thing I love about the journal entries is that the reader is completely drawn into Laura’s mind and into her world, like we’re having an extended conversation with a close friend. We share her victories, her struggles, her lows, her highs, her hopes, and her desires as she takes us through a year in her life. 2017 promises a lot of changes for Laura from the get go, and by the time the year is through, the reader can see the definite change in attitude and self that Laura has gone through. There are references to her previous diary that I couldn’t place, but that’s likely because it’s been three years since I read the first book. As an American with only a vague familiarity with London geography, I found myself wishing for a map insert to which I could refer while I was reading – but that’s what Google is for, I suppose. As with the first book, there is a helpful glossary at the close of the book to help with some of the less familiar terms and slang, for those of us Yanks who aren’t in the know. It’s a riveting, action-packed, page turner that draws the reader in and makes them think about the social changes that are happening around us and what it is that we can do to help. Viva la Revolution!
Other related materials: The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd; Momentum by Saci Lloyd; The Roar by Emma Clayton; The Whisper by Emma Clayton; Empty by Suzanne Weyn; The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn; The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn; The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn; The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch; The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch; No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz; The Compound by S.A. Bodeen; Rash by Pete Hautman; Shipbreaker by Paolo Bagcigalupi