A special drug was invented so people could be immortal. People could either sign the Declaration so they could use the drug, but not have children, or they could have children, but not take the drug. It was one or the other. Surpluses were the children of adults who signed the Declaration and yet proceeded to have children. Or, they could do ‘a life for a life,’ which meant, the parent (or parents’, depending on the number of children they had) lives could be taken so their child could live in freedom.
Surpluses were supposed to despise their parents and try to repay Mother Earth for their parents’ sins. They were to be Useful and Know Their Place.
One day, a new Surplus entered the Surplus home. His name was Peter. Anna did not like Peter because he kept claiming to know her parents. Peter wants Anna to run away with him so he can take her to her parents, but Anna will not.
Finally, Anna is convinced that she should run away with Peter. After a long journey, she meets her parents and her baby brother.
The lady who runs the Surplus home, Mrs. Pincent, started a search to look for Anna and Peter. They were found and Anna’s parents did ‘a life for a life’ so she and her brother could live in freedom.
Peter finds out who his parents (this will be a shock if you read the book) and grandfather are, so he is able to live in freedom as well. Anna and Peter live together in her parents’ house, raising her baby brother.
Okay. Now for the review.
I had started this book and it was moving very, very slowly, but I decided not to put it down. Then, I stopped reading it when I read one sentence that could have definitely been written better:
“When Anna’s parents had got out of prison, they joined the Underground Movement too, and Peter had gone to live with them.”
I reread this sentence several times thinking, “This could have been better written. Why did the editors not fix this?” She could have written, “When Anna’s parents were released from prison” or “When Anna’s parents had gotten out of prison.” Here is sentence that was not correct:
“Only on very rare occasions was a doctor was sent for.”
Apparently, Ms. Malley used the word ‘was’ twice in the sentence. I did find other sentences with word choices that I do not agree with, but I do not think they were grammatically incorrect.
Anyway, the book soon became interesting and I did enjoy it, despite my disagreement with the author’s writing style, but hey, every author’s different, right?
I am going to read the sequel, The Resistance, and I hope it is better edited.