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The Resistance

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by Gemma Malley

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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,…  See more details below


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.

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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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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.
Gemma Malley studied Philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. She edited several business magazines and contributed regularly to Company magazine and the Sunday Telegraph before moving into the Civil Service in a senior communications role at Ofsted. The Declaration, her first novel for a teenage audience, and its sequel, The Resistance, were published to critical acclaim. She lives in South London.

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