Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Declaration by Gemma Malley

Anna Covey is a 'Surplus'. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination. Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a new inmate arrives. Anna's life is thrown into chaos. But is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy?

This book immediately caught my attention because it's set in the future; in 2140, to be exact. It's original and thought-provoking, yet terrifying at the same time.

I love the whole idea of the Longevity+ drug that enables you to live forever, as well as the actual Declaration (which states that you can only have a child if you opt out of longevity) and futuristic setting.

All the characters are well written and engaging, especially Peter and Anna, who are struggling to stay alive and live a free life. Mrs Pincent and Mrs Sharpe are also fantastic characters and, although they live very different lives, are both easy to identify with.

The Declaration is about freedom, loss and mortality. It raises many questions that are relative to today's society, and leaves you with plenty to think about. Gemma Malley has written a brilliant book that will inspire intelligent discussions and ideas, and one that will undoubtedly leave you grateful that we have options and independence. It's a chilling story that is guaranteed to shock you on more than one occasion.

I can't wait to read the sequel, The Resistance, and highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different.

14 comments:

Steph Su said...

Wow! You always pick the best books to review. Is this a UK book? Which means getting it will be difficult for me... oh well! I'll see if I can find this anywhere. Thanks for the review!

prophecygirl said...

Yeah Steph, it's a UK book, but it's available in the US!

http://www.amazon.com/Declaration-Gemma-Malley/dp/B001O2SDWK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236091814&sr=1-2

Ana said...

Jenny, this is a great review. Can you let me know if there are any romantic feelings between Peter and Anna (you can e-mail me at noahsmae@gmail.com if you don't want to spoil it publicly)? thanks.

Ana

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I keep looking at this in the book shop but never pick it up. Maybe I'll have to next time!

Lenore said...

Ok! That was fast :) I actually talk about this book in my latest The Read Carpet segment which should be going up sometime soon.

H said...

I keep looking at it too. The cover is gorgeous.

Lindsay Champion said...

The synopsis you wrote reminds me of The Giver, one of my favorite books when I was younger.

lindsay || newyorkwords.net

prophecygirl said...

Lindsay - the synopsis is from Amazon. I'm useless at writing them, I just can't condense the plot enough. I'm going to look up The Giver, thanks for mentioning it!

Erika Lynn said...

this sounds really good, great review!

Chicklish said...

I've had this one in my to-be-read pile for ages and somehow I never pick it up. Thanks for the review - I'll move it up the pile!

Jessica Kennedy said...

Sounds very cool. Would you compare it to The Giver by Lois Lowry?

Just Listen said...

I was going to get a copy of this book, but it fell though. This makes me very jealous.

:)

Anonymous said...

This book is absolutely brilliant! I recommend you read it, I don't particularly enjoy reading, but when I find a good book I simply won't be it down, and this was DEFINITELY my idea of a good book! Infact, it was amazing. :D!

Anonymous said...

Sorry! That was meant to say "I simply won't PUT it down"