International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: Young
ISBN: 978 0 7475 8774 3
Declaration" is a fantastic book that grips the reader from
the moment you begin to skim the front page, it pulls you into the
murky depths of ethics and morality and yet it contains nothing
too challenging for its audience. The realisation that this could
genuinely be the future is one that cannot fail to have impact and
ultimately question whether medical advances are as great as they
The text starts
with a diary entry from a girl called Anna. Surplus Anna. In a world
where children are not necessary and are regarded as burdens upon society
Anna is struggling to fight the desire to have an identity of her own.
The year is 2140 and medical advances have progressed so far that people
can now live for ever merely by taking Longevity Drugs, only those that
opt out have the right to reproduce- a life for a life.
Mrs Pincent runs Grange Hall, a building thats entire purpose
is to hold the children and turn them into useful assets,
she regards Anna as her most obedient and promising student, she truly
thinks that she has completely indoctrinated the poor girl with the
beliefs taught there. Anna herself blames her parents for her situation
and her existence; she describes them as selfish for going against the
declaration and putting a strain on the worlds resources.
When Peter arrives everyone is shocked that he has been caught at the
age of fifteen, Anna is even more surprised when he calls her by her
full name and claims to know her parents. He tells her details about
her life and proves to her that hes the one she should be trusting
rather than Mrs Pincent, he forces her to question everything that she
has been told. From there on she goes on a discovery that enables her
to find out who she is as well as seeing the truth of what is really
happening; she finally finds her identity.
"The Declaration" shows how fear can influence the actions
of everyone, including those that you believe to be your friends, yet
at the same time it also shows that love can lead to selfless actions
and in the end to success. In a way it is understandable that the measures
in the text were taken as they led to a stable level of population and
monitoring of the amount of energy resources used. However, at the same
time it looks at the instinct of the human race to be selfish and to
put himself or herself above everyone else. Why should people be able
to live forever when children never have the chance to be born?
Overall this is a book that I would recommend to anyone of any age,
it highlights the problems of today and warns of the dangers of the
future, it delves into the question of humanity and forces you to take
a look at the power of companies. For children it is a heart in mouth
thought that it couldve been them and for adults it causes them
to question what they would do if they were offered the chance to live
© Fleur Homfray April 2009
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