The year is 2140. Sickness, old age and death have been solved, thanks to the longevity drug. You'd think that everyone would be happy now the goals of the world have finally been achieved, but they're not. Due to the never-ageing society, they are now too many people in the world, leaving the Authorities with only one option. The Declaration.
If you want to receive Longevity drugs, you must sign The Declaration. Once signed you are under Law not to have children. If you decide to Opt Out, you may have one child and not receive the Longevity drugs. 'A life for a life'.
Some people though, break the law. They have 'illegal' children, called Surpluses. Anna is one of those children. She now spends her days slaving away at Grange Hall, a facility full of boys and girls who will never get the opportunity to enjoy life. They will be trained to spend the rest of their lives slaving away for their Legal Masters and brought up to believe that they must atone for their very existence.
One day, a boy called Peter arrives at Grange Hall. He is there for one purpose only, to rescue Anna.
This dystopian novel is endlessly thought-provoking, and is the perfect debut from Gemma Maley. I have nothing but praise for this book, the main characters are well written and there are plenty of 'unseen' twists. I did think the ending was rushed, as if she was dying to get on with the second book in the series, The Resistance
but I didn't mind.
This is one of those books which in time, will become a classic. It appeals to all ages, and has a fantastic story. What more do you want?