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The Declaration by Gemma Malley
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Feb 28, 2012

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bookshelves: science-fiction-fantasy, young-adult
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This is the story of a world in which people can choose to live for ever or have a child, but not both. Children who are born without permission of the state are considered Surplus, taken to special schools where they are educated in the ways to be Useful in order to pay for their Sin of being born.

Anna, Surplus Anna, is one of these children. She is a near-perfect Surplus and this is her story.

The characters are fleshed out well enough, although many times they do seem to fall into stereotypical categories: The Bully, The Hero, The Backstabber, etc. This isn't terribly distracting.

Something about this story, perhaps the hyper-controlling state and the focus on birth control, reminded me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The book suffered, in my estimation, from this comparison. It is very readable and engaging, but it can not measure up to the dark horror of Atwood's novel. However, it is a perfectly acceptable Young Adult pick.

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