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The resistance
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2008
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  Booklist Review

With the advent of a drug called Longevity, people have achieved the impossible: eternal life. But when people live forever, there is no room for new life, so those who take Longevity relinquish reproduction a life for a life. Those who don't are arrested, their children taken to Surplus halls, where they atone for their parents by becoming Useful. In The Declaration (2007), Surplus Peter and Surplus Anna escaped from one of these halls, but their problems were only beginning. Now Legal, they work for the Underground, and at their request, Peter joins Pincent Pharma under his hated grandfather, the developer of Longevity. Pressured to take the drug and confronted with challenging arguments, Peter's finds that his mission is becoming a minefield of temptation and self-doubt and then he learns the horrifying truth about new and improved Longevity. While the pure evil of Peter's grandfather undercuts Malley's otherwise nuanced presentation, she explores the far-reaching effects of Longevity with harrowing accuracy. Peter and Anna, both fighting for their right to be alive, are sympathetic focal points from which to tell this compelling story.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

In Anna and Peter's world, medically created immortality has made most childbirth illegal, according to this unsubtle but worthwhile and tension-packed sequel. After their escape from the hellish Surplus Halls of illegal children in The Declaration (2007), they'd hoped for a comfortable life raising children and fighting the government--but it's not that simple. The resistance wants Peter to spy on the company that makes longevity drugs, but the company's owner, Peter's overwhelmingly evil grandfather, hopes to convert Peter to his own side. The story makes abortive attempts to treat complex ethical questions with depth, asking if science used for evil ends could be good in different contexts, or whether a Resistance leader who has chosen immortality for himself can be trusted. But ultimately, the text finds these questions fairly easy to answer. Peter's story takes a clear moral position--it is the responsibility of the old to die to make way for the young--and portrays any dissenters as either despicable or willfully na™ve. Here's hoping the nicely set-up sequel has a more delicate touch. (Science fiction. 11-13) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>The year is 2140. Having escaped the horrors of Grange Hall, Peter and Anna are living freely on the Outside, trying hard to lead normal lives, but unable to leave the terror of the Declaration--and their experiences as surpluses--completely behind them. Peter is determined to infiltrate Pharma Corporation, which claims to have a new drug in the works; "Longevity+" will not just stop the ravages of old age, it is rumored to reverse the aging process. But what Peter and Anna discover behind the walls of Pharma is so nightmarish it makes the prison of their childhood seem like a sanctuary: for in order to supply Pharma with the building blocks for Longevity+, scientists will need to harvest it from the young. Shocking, controversial, and frighteningly topical, this sequel to Gemma Malley's stellar debut novel, The Declaration , will take the conversation about ethics and science to the next level.</p>
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