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.