- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date:
- 04 May 2009
Showing 1-3 out of 3 reviews.
Really good book, very detailed and with scientific thought behind it. But where they find out the new Longevity is coming from, is disgusting. I found it really hard to finish after that point.
This is the sequel to The Declaration and starts out shortly afterwords. Amma and Peter are now no longer surplus but legals and taking care of Amma's brother Ben. Everyone sees them as outcasts or mistakes. But there is more challenges to come.My rating for this book bounced around the whole book at points it was going to be 2 stars, then 3 stars, then 4 stars, and then back again. It took me a bit to get a "feel" for the characters, which might be caused by me not reading Declaration resonantly. At times I wanted to yell at them at times for being so stupid and at times I was touched by their love for one another. So I went with the highest rating I had while reading it.
THE DECLARATION and its sequel THE RESISTANCE are set in a world where a longevity drug has been developed that essentially lets people live forever. Sounds great at first - until you realize that if no one dies and people keep having children, population growth explodes and there just aren’t enough resources to go around. That’s why everyone who takes longevity drugs must sign a declaration saying that they will not have children. THE DECLARATION followed the story of a 15 year old girl, Anna, who was born illegally to parents who signed the declaration, was caught and then sent to a surplus hall to work off her debt to society. It was a fascinating introduction to this dystopian world, and even though plotwise it didn't completely satisfy, it was thought provoking and introduced a couple of really well-rounded characters.THE RESISTANCE seems to exist solely to make the dangers of immortality at a societal level excruciatingly clear. While a drug like Longevity is of course an amazing breakthrough for the individual, it is poised to be the ultimate destroyer of mankind, as society needs a continuous cycle of youth for its renewal. Without that renewal – a culture grows stagnant, the people brittle and egocentric.While these are certainly interesting ideas to explore, the execution is very uneven. Every adult not in the resistance (with one notable exception) is portrayed as irredeemably selfish and heartless. The resistance claims that mankind’s only hope is in the few teens, like Anna and her friend Peter, who haven’t been seduced by Longevity – but the plot does these teens a great disservice by demanding that they do stupid things. Fortunately for them, the adults do stupid things too, and in the end it’s just luck and coincidence that determines everyone’s fate. I probably don’t have to tell you how frustrating that is at a narrative level.A third book in the series THE REVELATION is set for an October 2010 release. I'm almost fed up enough not to even bother, except that the teaser summary is so enticing: "It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs promising eternal youth are failing to live up to their promises. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it." Maybe death is just the thing to bring new life to this concept.
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