Book Review: The Declaration

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The Declaration by Gemma Malley (The Declaration #1) – Paperback, 295 pages – Published November 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury

I read the first two books in this trilogy when I was maybe twelve years old, and I was so excited about the third novel. But I never got round to reading it, so I have decided to read the whole trilogy now.

The novel is based in 2140, mainly in a “Surplus Hall” in England. After the invention of Longevity – and the ability to live forever – the population had to be controlled. This meant no more children. But of course, not everyone complied, resulting in “Surpluses” – illegal children who would be captured and trained to do the jobs the Legals refused to do.

Anna is one of these unfortunate children. She was found when she was just a toddler, and was doing well. She was a Prefect in Grange Hall, and was set to be a Valuable Asset. And she’s content with this, content with repaying her parents’ sins, until Peter arrives.

Peter is the oldest Surplus to arrive at the Hall. He had been in hiding for fifteen years, never discovered until he wanted to be. And the only reason he let them find him was to save Anna, to return her to her parents. The parents she had been taught to hate, who were responsible for creating an illegal child. At first, Anna refuses to listen to Peter’s words. But as she overhears Mrs Pincent’s plans for exterminating Peter, she realises that Grange Hall is not the place to be.

There are some fabulous underlying stories – such as Mrs Pincent’s issue with her beloved son – that make this a truly fantastic and thrilling read. It is maybe aimed at slightly younger teens – the protagonist is, after all, only fourteen – and does lack things such as strong language and such. But it is a really enjoyable novel, and I am super excited about the rest of the trilogy.

I am slightly disappointed with the romance aspect of the book. Peter and Anna seem to fall in love almost instantly, and it just feels so immature and childish to me. But I suppose I should wait and see what happens in the next books, hey?

I didn’t remember much about this, but I enjoyed it a lot the second time around. Four stars.

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