Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become the summer reading options for the summer of 2015. Students will select one title from a list of around five novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.).
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
After living through one of the stormiest winters on record, meteorologists and climatology experts have been considering the implications of all this snow. Many discussions have centered on the connection between these storms and the effects of global warming. This perceived connection certainly makes you think about what else is in store for us. This book provides a fictional account of just that. The Carbon Diaries 2015, a dystopian cli-fi (climate fiction) thriller, presents a pretty ominous view of the effects of significant climate change. The story centers on one teenage girl’s experiences in a rapidly changing world. Her life is altered drastically when the UK becomes the first country to require carbon rationing in an attempt to limit humans’ impact on the environment. Her emotional reaction to the changes start as frustration with the inability to shower when she wants, listen to music when she wants, and travel pretty much anywhere; however, as the environment suffers and natural disasters increase by the week, her feelings quickly escalate to real fear for her own survival. Full of environmental disasters, quirky characters, typical teenage angst, punk rock references, and a truly damaged family, this book has a lot going on. Written in the form of diary entries, readers are privy to all of the protagonist’s thoughts, fears, hates, and crushes. It’s a gripping read, and will certainly leave you thinking about how you can limit your own ecological footprint. The book is part of a series, which means the ending is abrupt to say the least. Fear not—you can pick up a copy of The Carbon Diaries 2017 and start up right where this book concludes.