The Declaration

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 2, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 300 pages
11 Reviews
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?    Chilling, poignant, and endlessly though-provoking, The Declaration is a powerful debut that will have readers agonizing over Anna's fate until the very last page.
  

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Review: The Declaration (The Declaration #1)

User Review  - Dani - Goodreads

Interesting premise… immortality is made possible, world becomes overcrowded, you can only have kids if you opt out of immortality. The protagonist, Anna, is one of these illegally-born kids who was ... Read full review

Review: The Declaration (The Declaration #1)

User Review  - Kat Heckenbach - Goodreads

I like dystopian novels, and I thought this one would be different. The idea of humans discovering a Longevity drug and that people must decide between near-immortality and having children intrigued ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
7
Chapter Two
21
Chapter Three
33
Chapter Four
43
Chapter Five
51
Chapter Six
61
Chapter Seven
71
Chapter Eight
86
Chapter Fifteen
168
Chapter Sixteen
182
Chapter Seventeen
193
Chapter Eighteen
209
Chapter Nineteen
215
Chapter Twenty
224
Chapter Twentyone
235
Chapter Twentytwo
245

Chapter Nine
100
Chapter Ten
112
Chapter Eleven
126
Chapter Twelve
137
Chapter Thirteen
146
apter Fourteen
160
Ch apter Twentythree
251
Chapter Twentyfour
267
Chapter Twentyfive
280
Chapter Twentysix
286
Chapter Twentyseven
295
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About the author (2007)

GEMMA MALLEY studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist.  A successful author of women's fiction, The Declaration is her first book for young readers. She lives in London with her family.