March 4, 2010

The Declaration - Gemma Malley

Middle Grade
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: October 2, 2007

In the year 2140, it is illegal to be young.

Children are all but extinct.

The world is a better place.

Longevity drugs are a fountain of youth. Sign the Declaration, agree not to have children and you too can live forever. Refuse, and you will live as an outcast. For the children born outside the law, it only gets worse – Surplus status.

Not everyone thinks Longevity is a good thing, but you better be clear what side you’re on. . . . Surplus Anna is about to find out what happens when you can’t decide if you should cheat the law or cheat death.

The premise of this book was amazing! I had never thought of the consequences of wishing for an eternal life. Of course I'd want to live forever duh, right? Yet, this book will make you see it through an entirely different perspective. Every ingredient for great dystopia clashes with an awesome concept in this short read that will make you throughout thirsty for more. I'm so so glad this is a series, I cannot wait to read more.

I didn't even know this was Middle Grade until I had already read it. It feels just like YA. Why did I wait so long to read this? This is yet another dystopian must read. The characters were great even though the male character, Peter, was a little dull and uninteresting. Events may have been predictable and the ending slightly cheesy, but when writing is this good and plot is steady and keeps you glued to the pages, anything else is forgivable. Still gets 5 stars from me!


  1. Wow thanks for sharing this one! I hadn't heard of it. I'll be adding it to the pile.

  2. I've never heard of! It sounds absolutely brilliant! I'll definitely be on the lookout for this at the bookstore this weekend :)

  3. Sounds great! It's so interesting!
    By the way great review.

  4. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I thought The Resistance was even better, so I hope you like that one too (and Peter isn't as dull in book 2!).

    I didn't know it was MG either - over here it's classed as teen/YA. Cool.

  5. Adding to list. That sounds like a great concept. Thanks for the review.

  6. Request extension date then Trial By Written Declaration?

  7. I reside in Riverside, CA. My court date is on 3/12/10 and this was the extension date from 1/12/10. Should I request another extension date to 6/12/10 then do Trial By Written Declaration before 6/12/10?

    How does one go about in doing a Trial By Written Declaration? My ticket fine is $646 (bus stop near my college). I wish to get this over with before moving to Nevada.

    Thank you.

  8. Who else thinks that Libba Bray should continue the "Gemma Doyle Trilogy" and make it the "Gemma Doyle Saga"?


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