The Resistance

The Resistance

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by Gemma Malley, Dan Hartman, Adam McCauley

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The year is 2140. 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


The year is 2140. 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 might just 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 it seems the only way to regain youth is to harvest the young.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Steven Kral
After the events of The Declaration (Bloomsbury, 2007/VOYA December 2007), Peter and Anna are beginning to adjust to their new life as Legals. Working with the Resistance, Peter takes a job with Pincent Pharma, the makers of the drug Longevity. While investigating the company, Peter makes a discovery that shakes his faith in the Resistance. He also discovers research into Longevity+, a drug that not only makes users immortal but also reverses the aging process. The impact of these discoveries affects not only Peter and Anna, but Surpluses everywhere. This sequel continues to investigate the ramifications of a world where immortality is only a pill away. Malley excels at world building as the England of her novel seems extremely plausible and only a few scientific discoveries away. The main characters are well drawn, as is a new character, Jude, Peter's half brother. Unfortunately the antagonist, Peter's grandfather Richard, who owns Pincent Pharma, comes off less well. Despite an interesting middle where the reader begins to see the pressure and motivations that define Richard, by the novel's end, Richard has reverted into a stereotypical scientific industrialist. He cares only about the research and the success of his company and sees people (in this case the Surpluses and their embryonic stem cells) as just another resource. Despite this flaw, the novel is well written and will be enjoyed by readers who liked the first book. Reviewer: Steven Kral
Children's Literature - Melissa Joy Adams
In this sequel to The Declaration, Peter and Anna might have escaped from Grange Hall and life as a Surplus but they are still unable to get away from the wide reaching arms of the Declaration, Longevity and the Authorities. Working with the Underground, Peter accepts his grandfather's offer for a job at his company, Pincent Pharma, the makers of the anti-aging drug, Longevity. Scientists at the company are currently creating a new version of the drug, which they are calling Longevity+. This new version claims to not only stop the aging process, but actually reverse it, to not just keep people alive forever but to keep them looking young as well. The price of staying and looking young, as Peter and Anna discover, is too great—the lives of the Surplus. Peter, with the help of the Underground and some unexpected allies, has to figure out a way to shut Pincent Pharma down for good, before it is too late. Malley offers readers a frightening glimpse at a world of the future. The quick pace and suspenseful plot will keep readers hooked until the end and leave them begging for more. This novel would be excellent to use in a classroom to initiate a conversation about ethics, science, ageism and human rights. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

In this gripping, stand-alone sequel to The Declaration (Bloomsbury, 2007), teenagers Anna and Peter have escaped Grange Hall, a prisonlike dormitory for Surpluses-children living in the United Kingdom in 2140 where childbirth is illegal and longevity drugs allow people to live forever. Anna's parents were overjoyed to have her back but were forced to commit suicide ("a life for a life") in order to give Anna and her baby brother a chance to become Legals. Her boyfriend, Peter, accepts a job working at Pincent Pharma, the Longevity drug company owned by his wicked grandfather, in order to help the Underground (a resistance group) destroy it. His unexpected ally is his Legal teenage half brother Jude, a talented computer hacker. The author addresses the moral and ethical implications of immortality in this dystopian novel, making it a great choice for group discussions. The writing style is not particularly lyrical but the fast pace and exciting plot make it a page-turner that will appeal to graduates of Margaret Peterson Haddix's "Shadow Children" series (S & S).-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

Kirkus Reviews
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 naive. Here's hoping the nicely set-up sequel has a more delicate touch. (Science fiction. 11-13)

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Bloomsbury USA
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First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gemma Malley studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. The Declaration was her first book for young readers. She lives in London with her family.

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The Resistance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE RESISTANCE is the much-anticipated sequel to THE DECLARATION. It picks up where THE DECLARATION left off and is told through Peter's eyes. He and Anna live together with Ben, Anna's brother, in a rundown house trying to keep out of the way. Peter and Anna aren't comfortable being Legal yet, and find the stares and nasty comments coming from the other citizens unsettling. Peter and Anna work for the Underground whenever they can. They both want to see the Declaration a thing of the past. Peter gets his chance when his grandfather, head of Pincent Pharma, offers him a position at the company. Pincent Pharma is responsible for Longevity, the drug that makes an extended life possible. Peter uses this opportunity to get information for the Underground. What he finds causes him to question his beliefs about the Declaration, the Underground, and his relationship with Anna. It takes uncovering a horrible secret to put him back on track. THE RESISTANCE was just as good as THE DECLARATION. The suspense keeps you turning page after page. Peter's character is so likeable and his devotion to Anna is heartwarming. Gemma Malley leaves it open for another story, and I for one can't wait to see what happens next.
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The resistance gets really good in the middle but the declaration is fantasic
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Its not showing up. I want to read it, not look at how pretty it looks on my screen! Im not going to give it one star though, its not the authors fault.
Laurel42 More than 1 year ago
Awesome second, can't find the third ;( I love this story and the characters.
Kaylene Kilbarger More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first one..loved it but i cant find the third book The Revelation for nook?im not really sure why cause its been out for while..still great author and story
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Babette Sherrier More than 1 year ago
Thisbook is so good :) becca
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Sierrabeth More than 1 year ago
Laurel and 7382215, I am just starting the series, but the last book at the end of 2010 book ended up being titled 'The Legacy' but the author said "The Revelation was the original title for THE LEGACY, but after The Resistance and The Returners it seemed like I had too many books beginning with R…" so I am assuming she felt that she needed to not have so many "R" in her titles...LOL..I DL'd the book this morning and am about 1/3 of the way through it, I will write a review when i am done. with both of the ones I have!!