My rating: 3 of 5 stars
a pretty solid book, with loads of excellent teenaged snark.
so here we are in London, 2015, and the guvmint has decided to ration carbon usage with a goal to cutting 60% of carbon emissions. yikes! painful. our protag, Laura, the 16-year-old daughter of a rather nebbishy pair of parents and sister to a razor blade of a young woman, is most decidedly not happy about her carbon allotment.
mostly of course she’s concerned about her grades, her wishful-thinking boyfriend, and her garage band. as it should be.
but then the rationing starts to rattle the fault lines in her family, and the rest of the world and the weather go wacko.
i’m assuming the climate science in the book is accurate for England–i’m much better versed in what’s in store for California, personally. the book does a great balancing job between Laura’s quotidian life and the first heavings of planetary catastrophe. it has a few preachy moments, but for the most part the plot clips along at a fast enough pace that one gets beyond those quite zippily.
the two best things about this book are the teenaged snark and how carefully the effects of climate change are woven into what’s going on her life. both make the story feel very natural, and the funniness of the snark gets the reader over some of the hard places.
i suspect this is a YA title, altho it wasn’t, to my knowledge, marketed as such. the writing seems suited to that crowd. still, i enjoyed it. it’s a solid book, a quick read, and if more adults read it and got the shit scared out of them, maybe these horrors wouldn’t come to pass.