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The Declaration

de Gemma Malley

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In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.
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La Declaración es una novela para adultos jóvenes de Gemma Malley. Publicado por primera vez en 2008, es el primer libro de una trilogía. El mundo que presenta es una realidad distópica en el siglo 22 en el que la humanidad ha curado todas las enfermedades y aspira a la vida eterna.
  varbes | Mar 22, 2021 |
I really enjoyed The Declaration. I think it has a really cool premise, and I absolutely could not put it down.

Setting
This book has a dystopian setting. I don’t normally like dystopians very much, but The Declaration had a really interesting, unique premise.

Basically, they have this drug called Longevity, that stops people from aging. But you aren’t allowed to have children, so that they have enough resources for the people who are already there.
Of course some people have children anyways. Those children are called Surpluses, and they’re basically raised to be servants.

I think the world was developed well. It could have been done better, but it was pretty well developed. I understood it, and I could believe it. Actually, I think it was sort of scarily believable. Because that would NOT be a nice world to live in. At all.

Plot
So our MC Anna, is a Surplus. She grew up in the hall where they train Surpluses,* and she’s just hoping to end up working for someone who’s at least somewhat kind.

Then a boy shows up. He’s spent his whole life free, only getting caught now, at Anna’s age. He tells her about the Outside, and tries to convince her to escape with him.

One thing, (this has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, but there wasn’t anywhere better to put it) is that it starts with a really long journal entry. It’s a tiny bit tedious, but just push through it, and then the book is great.

*And by ‘train’ I mean try to make them into mindless servants.

Characters
The characters in this book didn’t particularly stand out to me. They were good enough, they just weren’t anything special.

Anna – Although Anna didn’t really stand out to me, I thought she was well developed. In the beginning she was very obedient, trying to be a perfect Surplus. She hated her parents for breaking the law, and she was ashamed of herself for existing.
As the story went on, however, and she learned more about her parents, and the world in general, she started to change her mind.
Peter – Peter was definitely my favourite character in this. He was fierce, and stubborn, and always getting into trouble. He’s the one who tries to convince Anna to escape with him, and he’s honestly sort of great.
Sheila – She’s an interesting character, she technically isn’t a Surplus, but she is treated like one, and nobody quite believes her when she says she isn’t. She’s a couple years younger than Anna, and she gets picked on a lot. There were some interesting developments with her character in the end, and I’m really curious where it’s going with her character.

Over All, The Declaration is quite a good book, I loved the setting, and the characters were well developed. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
This book takes place in 2140. The government has legalized longevity drugs, however, made the population taking them sign a declaration. This declaration makes it illegal for anyone taking the drugs to have children. If they do, that child becomes a surplus who is brainwashed into thinking their parents are sinners and they are trained to become slave-like figures for the legal people. Anna is a surplus who strongly believes her parents betrayed mother nature and is working hard to some day work for a "legal". She soon finds out the truth. ( )
  TessaNelson33 | Feb 19, 2020 |
a dystopian YA novel that took me some time to get into. actually it took me 2/3 of the book.
I liked the idea(s) behind the book but I would have wished for a different setting, the setting didn't feel/read like the year 2140. to me it rather read like they got stuck in the 1980s but had cool superdrugs to live forever.
not sure I'm going to read the other two books in the trilogy. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune!

Lately, I have read so much first-person narrated stories, that anything else looks weird to me. When I started reading The Declaration, it was in first-person, but after a while it changed into third-person (she, he, etc), because ‘Surplus Anna’ was writing in a diary, which was something she wasn’t even allowed to do. Surplusses, or to put it in ‘our’ words: slaves, aren’t allowed to do anything, they’re basically not even allowed to be alive, but there they are.

Anna lives in Grange Hall, a place where a lot of Surplusses live, and where they are being trained to become slaves. They are taught how to cook, how to clean, how to wash clothes, they are taught how useless they are, how they should hate their parents for having them, etc, etc.

There were a couple of parts in the story that were being written from someone else’s point of view, at first it made me a bit confused, because it was so sudden in the middle of a chapter, that I thought it was still Anna ‘speaking’. After a while, I got used to it, though I would have liked some ‘warning’ (for example, a new chapter or something like that). I honestly don’t like it when the POV changes in the middle of a chapter. The book ended a bit too abruptly in my opinion, and a bit too predictable, I had wanted a bit more action at the end of the book, but hey, that’s me. I like action-stories. ( )
  october.tune | Nov 15, 2017 |
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