The Resistance by Gemma Malley is the sequel to The Declaration.
Before I talk about it, just in case you haven’t read The Declaration, here’s a summary
Would you make the choice to live forever even if it meant you wouldn’t be allowed to have children?
In the year 2140 most people do. In order to take Longevity, people have to sign the Declaration.
People that choose to have children anyway are arrested and put in prison and the children are taken and put into something that resembles an orphanage. The children are referred to as Surplus.
The Declaration is a frightening look at what can happen when the government takes control over life itself. As appealing as living forever may seem, it is clear the consequences far outweigh the benefits.
The Fantastic Fiction site has a review that will definitely make you want to read The Resistance :
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.
Sometimes it’s interesting to read different people’s reviews, and Valentina’s review on her blog, Valentina’s room, is not all positive, but it really makes you think. She feels uncomfortable about what she sees as a black and white religious message about good and evil in the book. Read her review here.
What do you think?