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The Declaration by Gemma Malley
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May 20, 08

Read in May, 2008

The year is 2140 and people can live forever through Longevity drugs, but they must make the Declaration and never have a child. If they do give birth, they go to prison and the child becomes a surplus and goes to someplace worse than prison—Grange Hall. Anna is a fourteen-year-old surplus and she has been indoctrinated to hate her parents for breaking the Declaration and bringing her into the world, to Know Her Place, and to grow up to be a Valuable Asset. She has learned her lessons so well and atoned for the Sins of her parents so completely, that she is a Prefect of her floor and a Pending—Pending Employment as a maid for a Legal. But then an unusual new Pending comes to Grange Hall and threatens Anna’s future as a Valuable Asset. Peter claims he knows Anna’s parents and that they have been looking all over for her. This causes Anna to question everything she has been raised to believe about herself and the world. Should she trust Peter? Can she actually have a different life? This futuristic novel raises interesting questions about overpopulation, scarce natural resources, immortality, and much more for teens who like science fiction.

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