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The Declaration (The Declaration #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  20,006 Ratings  ·  1,606 Reviews
Anna Covey is a ‘Surplus’. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination.

Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a n
Paperback, UK, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Esha Hi! Yes it is clean, there is very minimal romance in this book.
Becky No, it gives a solid conclusion that doesn't require the second book. Most people I know that have read it, only read the first one.
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Charlotte May
I'm so pleased I reread this! It was just as mind blowing the second or third time around!

Meet Anna.

"I hate my parents. They broke The Declaration...they're in prison now. None of us knows anything about our parents anymore. Which is fine by me - I'd have nothing to say to them anyway."

Imagine a world where people could live forever. A world where a pill called Longevity prevented people from dying. However, to take part in this world you must sign The Declaration - a contract confirming that
I normally love dystopian teen fic. And the premise of this one sounded fairly interesting. I just assumed I would really enjoy it. But right off the bat I was annoyed by the beginning--a nine-page-long diary entry. Such a lazy (and boring) way to give background information! I mean, diary entries CAN be done well, and written in a believable way. The ones in this book are not. A lot of times it's a case of telling instead of showing, which always makes events feel flat and not quite believable. ...more
Emily May
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
My opinion on this book swayed back and forth between 3 and 5 stars, so I eventually settled on 4 and I'm now going to do my best to explain why.

Why it got 4 stars
This book got 4 stars for being a highly original and intriguing story. I'm a real lover of dystopian societies, especially those set in a foreseeable future, and this is one unlike any other but with elements that are so cleverly woven with the current thoughts and fears that it makes it seem like a tragic possibility.

The book tells t
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you make the choice to live forever even if it meant you wouldn't be allowed to have children? In the year 2140 most people do. In order to take Longevity, people have to sign the Declaration. People that choose to have children anyway are arrested and put in prison and the children are taken and put into something that resembles an orphanage. The children are referred to as Surplus.

Surplus Anna is one of the most promising occupants of Grange Hall, a bleak and cold housing unit for illega
The premise: technology has advanced to the point that, with just two little capsules each day, everyone can live forever. Hooray! But if nobody's dying, the world is getting mighty crowded--so nobody is allowed to have babies anymore. Anna is a surplus, a kid born to a couple who did not Opt Out of the Declaration [apparently a legal document that says I Won't Have Children?]. So she's been shuffled off to Surplus Hall, where she learns menial housekeeping tasks to earn her keep in the world th ...more
I think sometimes you can outstay your welcome.

The YA dystopian genre is almost exploding with books at the moment, but for me Malley’s The Declaration was probably the first I read. I read it when it was first released and I remember still being up at 1am, devouring it page by page until I finished it. Reading it second time around with one of my Goodreads friends and the feelings have pretty much been the same.

Set in a world where no one has to die of diseases or old age, surely everybody
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not a terrible book but it's not great either. The writing seems more like a children's book but the content is young adult so that kind of bothered me. It started really really slowly, i felt like 'I get it already, She wants to be a good little surplus, surpluses are bad, just shut up and start the story already!'

I got so sick of all the over explaining of EVERYTHING - Things that could have easily been written into the plot or the reader could easily work out for themselves. It also
Eva Leger
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: Felicia A
4.5 - Yikes. If there's anyone out there who thinks only the horror genre can scare them they need to pick this up.
I have a hard time with the classification of some books, YA in particular. Why is this YA? Because of the main characters? There are more than a few supporting non-teen characters. What are they? Nothing? I mean, I'm a decent ways past my teens and I can say that I'd recommend this more to adults than to teens. Now, I know more adults than teens so that may play a part, but it's a
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This book surprised me in a good way. I had expected to give it 3 stars, but in the end I had to give it an extra star for the huge twist that I never saw coming.
This book has the political view points of Unwind and the government pull of Hunger Games. During the story you find out what happens to the word when a drug company finds a way for people to stop the aging process and what has to be done in order to preserve resources. People are made to sign a declaration in which they promise to sto
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Declaration wordt gekenmerkt door een enorm originele dystopische wereld, die je aan het denken zet over de wetenschap en de bijbehorende ethische kwesties. Heeft de onsterfelijke mens het alleenrecht op de aarde of moeten we juist de wetten van de natuur volgen? De levensechte personages - gebrainwasht en al - brengen het verhaal tot leven en de vlotte schrijfstijl zorgt dat je het boek geen seconde naast je neer wilt leggen. Ik kan niet wachten om verder te lezen over Surplus Anna.
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Yasmin ✨
This book could've been really been nice, but it absolutely wasn't. I liked the idea of the story, but hated how it was told. The characters were flat and uninteresting, but what I hated most about this book was the writing. It was immature and everything was described with the same words. Like I said, this could've been a really good book, but it was pretty much ruined by the writing and how the author told the story.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this one back in high school, and remember loving it. This time around, it was a bit too YA for my current taste. I won’t be reading the rest of the series. The premise is interesting, but the characters are too immature, and things get resolved too quickly, neatly and unbelievably for my liking.
Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book! And it's so annoying, because I've had it sat on my bookcase for a few years for some reason! The whole series in fact! Foolish past me!

I wasn't expecting to love this so much. I thought it would just be one of those quick reads that you enjoy enough, but it's not amazing. But boy was I wrong! I'm speed typing this so I can go and start the second book right away!

I loved Anna's character. I thought it was really well done how much she's bought all the brainwashing
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bookclubs especially
This is teen targeted fiction published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, but the premise is so completely fascinating that I'd literally recommend this book to the 12 to 102 crowd with no reservations.

It's the year 2140 and the fountain of youth has come to the world by way of Longevity, a drug that literally lets
people live forever. But it's caused a problem--if everyone lives forever, the planet is going to fill up--FAST. The solution is to ban anyone on Longevity from having children, and bann
Jayme Teague gauthier
4.5 stars really. It started off kind of slow but I enjoyed it overall. There were some surprises and I felt the ending was different than most dystopian YA books, which I liked. I also got an Anne Frank vibe which I didn't hate.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is very SPECIAL!!!! It’s everything, I cried in the end ♥♥♥♥loved it from the beginning until the last word written in it, so many beautiful emotions ☺It’s an oldie but a goodie 🤩 ...more
Aaron Vincent
Originally Posted On Guy Gone Geek.

It’s year 2140. Aging, lethal diseases such as cancer, AIDS, etc., and even death is no longer a problem, much thanks to the Longevity drugs. Mankind achieved what seemed to be the impossible, immortality. The world soon realized that this poses a problem. If no one will die and people keeps of reproducing, what will just happen to the limited resources of the planet? So they introduced the Declaration, an agreement a person have to sign that devoid them the ri
Flora Smith
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
This story is set in a future world where people live forever making it illegal to have children because of overpopulation. Longevity drugs have made it possible for people to live forever but with this brings a tremendous strain on the world. We certainly get a look at life in such a world. A world where there are not children. Children that have been conceived illegally are taken to facilities where they are raised to be slaves for those that are legal. They are treated as surplus citizen and ...more
Have just had a weekend of teen fiction though when I bought this book and ' I am number four' a few months ago I did not realize they were written for the younger end of the market. This is a cleverly chilling concept of society in which a drug called ' Longevity' has resulted in old age, or at least death, becoming something one opts into, bringing about the horrendous situation where children become as rare as hens' teeth and can only be born if the parent is prepared to die for them; a life ...more
Julia Rose
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobrá kniha. Určitě bych ji doporučila spíše mladším čtenářům, i když je doporučena od patnácti. Třeba by to starší nemuselo bavit ale zase je tady ta stránka knihy, nad kterou se nedá docela dost dobře zamyslet. :)
Racheli Zusiman
ספר דיסטופי על אנגליה עתידנית שבה אנשים לוקחים כדורים שמעניקים חיי נצח, אסור ללדת ילדים, ויש משבר אנרגיה. הילדים שנולדים באופן לא חוקי הופכים להיות משרתים נחותים, או שהורגים אותם. הספר מעלה סוגיות מאוד רלוונטיות על מעמדות ועל אריכות החיים שרק הולכת וגדלה. ברובו הגדול הוא מאוד מותח ומוצלח, אבל מתדרדר קצת לקראת הסוף מבחינת הכתיבה, שנעשית דביקה ומעצבנת משהו. בכל זאת, קראתי אותו בשקיקה.
Petra Sýkorová
Co byste dělali, kdyby existovala možnost, jak zůstat navždy naživu? Sice byste museli dodržovat jistá pravidla, ale jinak byste si mohli užívat dle libosti. Dokázali byste to? Žít dlouho jen díky speciálním práškům? Chtěli byste patřit mezi Vyvolené?

Co když by to znamenalo, že si můžete pořídit pouze jedno dítě? Každé další totiž bude patřit mezi Přebytečné. Některé země se svých Přebytečných zbavují ihned po narození, jiné je umisťují do výchovných zařízení, aby z nich vychovali důstojné pomoc
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for

C.S. Lewis, author of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, once wrote that there are three ways of writing for children. The first is to cater to what children want (but people seldom know what they want and this usually ends badly), the second develops from a story told to a specific child (Lewis Carrol's THE ADVENTURES OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND, for instance), and the third is that it is simply the best art form to convey the story.

Gemma Malley's debut young ad
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Well, this was quite the unexpected surprise! The Declaration was such a nice, enjoyable, short read, compared to what I thought would be another shallow dystopian book.

The storyline was incredibly fascinating and just got more intriguing the more I read. It really was nothing like I expected. In another futuristic, messed-up world, drugs that stop all sicknesses and suppress old age have been created. But with nobody dying anymore, the Earth is slowly filling up, so a new rule is applied if you
Bloody Brilliant Books
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Declaration is one of those stories which in my opinion don’t get enough publicity. Its both eye opening, and heart warming story. It tells the story of Anna, who is a surplus. Surpluses are children which the world has no room for as they’ve developed a anti-mortality drug. Anna lives in Grange Hall with other surpluses, where she is trained to be “useful” and a “good asset” which to Anna means that she’ll be able to make up for the crime of being born.

Children are a rarity in this world as
Felicia A
WOW. I'm going to have to ruminate on this one before I write a review. Very different type of book.

UPDATED 9/14/10

Having ponderend it some.....I'd actually give this book a 4.5 - .5 of that being for the sheer innovativeness of the story. It wasn't an apocalypse, exactly, but life as we know it has ended. Well, for some, because the people in THIS story are living forever. A drug has been invented to allow people virtual immortality...or so it seems. Because of this, the earth has become crowde
Nov 12, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya
Set in the year 2140 when the world population subsists primarily on the drug Longevity, which holds aging at bay, this dystopian novel seemed just what the doctor ordered for a particularly stubborn reading slump. Couples are only allowed one child and any they have illegally after that are known as Surpluses. Surpluses are taken away from their parents and raised in a facility such as Grange Hall where our protagonist Surplus Anna resides. They are intended to learn how to be useful to society ...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Declaration is set in the UK in the future. A future where resources are scarce and people live forever, thanks to the wonder drug Longevity. In order to be eligible to take Longevity, people have to sign the Declaration, stating they will never have any children...although there are some who have broken the rules. These children are called Surpluses, they are seen as a drain on precious resources and they need to work in order to replay their debt to society, and atone for the sins of their ...more
Briana Grenert
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Because no one needs to live for ever. I think that sometimes you can outstay your welcome.
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