The Declaration – Gemma Malley

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It’s the year 2140 and Longevity drugs have all but eradicated old age. A never-aging society can’t sustain population growth, however…which means Anna should never have been born. Nor should any of the children she lives with at Grange Hall. The facility is full of boys and girls whose parents chose to have kids—called surpluses—despite a law forbidding them from doing so. These children are raised as servants, and brought up to believe they must atone for their very existence. Then one day a boy named Peter appears at the Hall, bringing with him news of the world outside, a place where people are starting to say that Longevity is bad, and that maybe people shouldn’t live forever. Peter begs Anna to escape with him, but Anna’s not sure who to trust: the strange new boy whose version of life sounds like a dangerous fairy tale, or the familiar walls of Grange Hall and the head mistress who has controlled her every waking thought?

If you could live forever, but never have children, would you?  Would you risk death and enslavement for your child if you decided to have children anyway?  This was a book that makes you think about this type of question.  Very good.  I really liked how Anna is so conflicted because what for us is a quick and definite reaction to those questions involves a lot of conflicted thought from her.  She was raised to believe completely different things.  If you liked The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Unwind, or other books like that, then you’ll like this one too. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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