The Declaration trilogy

Book Review: The Legacy


The Legacy by Gemma Malley (The Declaration #3) – Paperback, 288 pages – Published November 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury Children’s


When I first read Malley’s The Declaration series this third novel hasn’t yet been released. And then I kind of forgot about the series until the end of last year.

Anna and Peter have found a safe residence in the countryside thanks to the Underground, the resistance movement against the use of Longevity. But their safety is being compromised as some unknown “illness” is spreading through the Legals – killing people who are supposed to live forever. People are pointing the finger at everyone around them, fear spreading even quicker than the virus.

Jude and Sheila are living in the main Underground facility, but are forced to move base when their leader, Pip, hands himself in and a brick comes flying in through their window. Meanwhile, Peter’s ring is of high importance to Richard Pincent, who has arranged with some unknown Underground member for it to be sent to him.

Without Pip, Jude has to take over. But he wasn’t expecting his half-brother to arrive, especially without the rest of his family. And now Sheila’s disappeared…

Why are people dying? Are the Underground really to blame?

And then, when he didn’t think things could any worse, Jude sees Pip talking to Richard Pincent’s closest friend and guard, as if they were friends.

Is this really the end of the Underground? Have they finally lost?

I noticed a lot of typos and punctuation mistakes, which gave the book a bit of an unprofessional, juvenile feel. But I’ve always loved this series and honestly I found the book so easy to read and enjoyable, despite the mistakes. There are some really interesting twists, and the story focuses a lot on characters other than Anna an d Peter which is nice.

4 stars for this book.


Book Review: The Resistance


The Resistance by Gemma Malley (The Declaration #2) – Paperback, 323 pages – Published November 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury

I read this a few years ago, following the previous novel in the series. I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion to the trilogy, which I have never read!

Again, Anna and Peter are stuck in a world where youth is seen as a sin, as a danger. But Peter, while working for the Underground, has to work for his grandfather at Pincent Pharma – the manufacturers of Longevity. While there, he discovers some shocking information that makes a once straight-forward decision near impossible to make.

This book follows Anna as she cares for her infant brother and tries to help Maria, who is trying to rescue Surpluses. Peter is a massive character in this too, discovering the truth about Longevity and the company’s manufacturing methods. Even Jude, Peter’s half-brother, plays a hugely important role in this novel.

Unexpectedly, Sheila makes a surprise appearance during this book. She brings to light a very important situation within Pincent Pharma.

There are a few little subplots throughout this, and a lot of twists. This does make is exciting, but also makes it harder to see what the main plot is. And I have to say that it was often quite predictable (but that may just be because I read it a few years ago).

I don’t want to include any spoilers, but the events of this book seriously make me wonder how old Anna is. Like, seriously.

I am really looking forward to the next book, even if I am expecting yet more typos and unnecessary commas. This is an interesting series and I like it a lot. I think 3.5 stars for The Resistance.


Book Review: The Declaration


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.