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The Declaration by Gemma Malley
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Aug 13, 2010

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Surplus Anna's been brainwashed into submission in a world where procreation (and therefore, the existence all young people) are forbidden.

Citizens who take Longevity medicine must agree to sign away their reproductive rights. This book presents a slightly more sophisticated take on these issues than Haddix's Shadow Children series. It's also somewhat reminiscent of J.G. Ballard - as a very minor point in the story Americans living in "uninhabitable" places naturally pack up and leave, once their air conditioning and other creature comforts are taken away. There were allusions to The Handmaiden's Tale as well, with the docile servitude expected from the illegal children. On the whole, I enjoyed this, despite a few holes in the plot, and an ending that managed to simultaneously tie things up a little too neatly yet still leave some major questions unanswered.

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