Gemma Malley – 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.
W.O.W. That is all I can even think to say about this book. I read the first book in the series; The Declaration, during the summer months and loved it. In fact, it was read in one sitting so you can imagine how eager I was to get my hands on the next two books. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
Book two is primarily from the point of view of Peter and picks up from where the first novel left off. Anna and Peter are now living in a smaller house as legals. The novel begins with us discovering that Peter is soon to start work at Pincent Pharma. the corporation of which his great grandfather is head. Through his eyes we explore the falsities of such a company and many appalling and shocking truths are unveiled of what really happens to the Surplus members of society.
Its main focus is to have Peter and Anna sign the Declaration – agreeing to take Longevity and to not procreate. It leaves Opting-Out as a no-negotiable option for the pair. Having read The Declaration, we are fully aware that this cannot happen. As active members of the Underground, Peter and Anna symbolise the future: they are to have a child in order to assist in the overthrow of this tyrannical regime. The novel not only introduces us to the inner workings of Pincent Pharma, but also to Pip the leader of the resistance. We also meet Jude, Peter’s half-brother with many twists and turns, keeping us questioning various characters behaviours and motives.
I loved this book. It was chilling, terrifying and captivating. Malley’s world building is incredible and her creation of the Longevity pill is threatening – it isn’t at all far from the world in which we currently reside. It is very possible that this could happen in the near future and this possibility gives the novel its edge. The development of Peter in this novel was refreshing to read following our introduction to Anna in the previous.
I would highly recommend this to everybody, especially those of you who are Dystopian lovers!