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The Declaration

The Declaration [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Malley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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'Poignant, thought-provoking ... Sharing the visionary quality of books such as 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'How I Live Now', The Declaration is one of those rare books that changes the way you see the world.' Publishing News 'Stunning, thought-provoking and a book that genuinely stays with you' The Bookseller (Teenage Highlights)


`Thought-provoking and an important one to read'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1938 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599901196
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (1 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H0M87W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gemma Malley is an award-winning author. She lives in London with her husband and three young children. You can visit her online at

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept 6 Oct 2011
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book that is aimed at a young adult readership, but it's one of those gems that can be picked up by an older reader and, because of the interesting concept and style of writing, can be enjoyed by them as well.

I found the central theme really refreshing - there are no vampires or supernatural creatures here, just humans living in a future society where immortality is valued above all, and having children a punishable offence. Anna is a Surplus - as in surplus to requirements - who was discovered by the authorities as a toddler and taken away from her parents. She believes that she isn't worthy of hopes or dreams, or a life of her own, and is instead content to lead a life of service without asking too many questions.

Then Peter comes along and changes everything. Soon Anna is left questioning her every belief and her world is turned upside down. A tense adventure follows, with a very dramatic climax - and I'm sure a sequel is soon to follow.

The plot is cleverly written, the characters believeable - especially Anna's - and, although I found the ending rather a little too neat and couldn't work out for the life of me how certain parts of it were planned in advance by certain characters, I enjoyed it.

To anyone who's a fan of Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games series or Richelle Meade's Vampire Academy series, this is a must read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Teens 7 July 2009
I have just finished reading this book with my 9 yr old daughter, she chose the book on a trip to Waterstones and I have to say I was somewhat surprised! However, we both thoroughly enjoyed it and I found myself reading pages and pages of it to her, going well beyond her bedtime at times. It is a somewhat dark view of the near future with well written characters and a gripping plotline. As a cynical forty-something I was somewhat taken aback to find a tear in my eye in the final chapter, if you have kids of your own and you read it you will understand why....

Well worth a read for young and old (middle aged anyway - no longevity for me!) alike.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 2 Oct 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 adult novel, THE DECLARATION, is of the last category.

I am making this point because while THE DECLARATION involves two teenagers, fourteen-year-old Anna and fifteen-year-old Peter, it never feels aimed towards the teen audience Therefore it is categorized as a young adult novel by the age of its narrators rather than its content and this, I believe, will give it an enduring quality. C. S. Lewis wrote, "Where the children's story is simply the right form for what the author has to say, then of course readers who want to hear that will read the story or reread it at any age."

THE DECLARATION opens in the year 2140, and people have conquered death in the form of Longevity drugs. With limited food and fuel resources, waste has become a serious crime and the worst crime of all is having a child. Anna is one of these children. She is housed at Grange Hall where she and other Surpluses are taught that the most they can ever hope for is a harsh life of servitude to make amends for their existence.

Anna is well on her way to becoming a Valuable Asset when Peter arrives at Grange Hall. He challenges everything she has learned by arguing that people who take Longevity are the real criminals and perversions of nature, not the young. He also claims that he knows her parents and that they want her back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads in a VERY long time 24 Aug 2012
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Surplus Anna is almost 15. She and many other children live in Grange Hall where they are taught to believe that their existence is is a burden to Mother Nature and humanity. It is now 2140 and since 2030 Longevity drugs helped cure all illnesses and made natural death impossible. People are old and don't die, but if the population keeps growing then there will be no space more children. Due to this, having children is against the law and to show that you agree to this law, you have to sign The Declaration.
The children at Grange Hall are brainwashed by their house matron Margaret Pincent to believe that their parents are sinners for signing The Declaration and then having children. They are treated badly and punished, when orders are not done, by being sent to Solitary (the basement of the building), deprived of something (a blanket, hot food etc) or by simply getting beaten.
But when Peter arrives with news about Anna's parents, EVERYTHING changes. Peter urges Anna to escape with him, though she is hesitant at first, she agrees and the two of them escape to Anna's parents. All this while Anna keeps a journal in which she writes all of her thoughts and plans on escaping. But this journal gets into wrong hands and becomes a problem for Peter and Anna.

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I give this book five stars out of five because I think that Gemma Malley has done an incredible job of imaging life in the future and creating a story around it. The descriptions are very detailed in a few aspects including the look of Grange Hall - it felt like I was seeing it first hand. What I loved about this book is how it related everything back to the base of the story like a Mind Map. The story was complicated but it fit extremely well almost like puzzle pieces, things that didn't make sense at the beginning, fell into place easily at the end. This book was possibly the best books I have read in a very long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Easy reading.
Published 3 hours ago by fluffy101
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book . . .
Favorite Quote: “Because no one needs to live for ever. I think that sometimes you can outstay your welcome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LaurenJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily scary
This gem of a book is a real find. Set in the next century it is a tale that is well within the bounds of possibility given our obsession with eternal youth and life expectancy-... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fengirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is great, entertaining book. It came in a perfect condition (no little folds or creases, etc.) and makes a great read!
Published 4 months ago by abby
5.0 out of 5 stars the declaration
I highly recommend this book and all of the trilogy as it is a great read from start to end highly recommended for all ages
Published 4 months ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
I felt like I had to read the whole book it was really gripping it also get you wondering what would it be like if we "cured" age? Would it make the world ten times worse? Read more
Published 5 months ago by bex
4.0 out of 5 stars clever
Really enjoyed this book, what a horrifying world Gemma Malley created in this trilogy. Worth a read for sure but not the best of this type out there!
Published 5 months ago by kay
3.0 out of 5 stars declaration
a bit wishy washy in parts but generally ok in general it just doesn't give a good enough way to overcome the hurdles in the story
Published 5 months ago by anthony james dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A real stand-out in the YA dystopian market - a wonderful story,...
Although enjoying a recent surge in popularity this year, The Declaration was published in 2008 (the same year as The Hunger Games) and so pre-dates many of the young adult... Read more
Published 6 months ago by StephanieIsReading
5.0 out of 5 stars An intersting spin on a brave new world gone or going wrong
An interesting story along the lines to a brave new world utopia idea that has gone or is going wrong. Easy to read aimed I think more at teenagers but don't let that put you off. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Nixon
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because knowing something’s going to end makes you appreciate it more, makes you want to savour every moment. &quote;
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Surplus meant unnecessary. Not required. You couldn’t be a Surplus if you were needed by someone else. You couldn’t be a Surplus if you were loved. &quote;
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But was falling such a bad thing, she wondered. Was it, perhaps, better to see the top of the mountain, even if only for a moment, than never to even try? &quote;
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