Chilling, poignant, and endlessly though-provoking, The Declaration is a powerful debut that will have readers agonizing over Anna's fate until the very last page."
My Review: The Declaration was a very DIFFERENT type of dystopian book. For one thing, it wasn't too unrealistic. There was obviously the futuristic aspect---certain people slaves for messed-up reasons---and there was also some of the creepy advanced technology (a serum that helps you stay young for almost forever!). But for the most part? Very realistic! No flying hover cars, no holographic people, no destroyed countries... It all made sense. That's what I liked about it---it didn't follow the cliche dystopian outline (even though I do like that outline, at times...). The characters were interesting and easy to read about, not too serious or war-like; they were more realistic. They actually SEEMED like teenagers. I personally feel that no matter what year---whether 1400 or 3100---and what type of society, teens will be teens. So the characters worked. The plot was interesting and kept me reading and flowed well. It also made me think quite a bit. The social commentary was all about how people obsess so much over their looks THESE days, going to extremes (plastic surgery)...what will they do in a hundred, or a thousand, years, when technology is even MORE advanced? ...An intriguing and creepy question, no? Anyway, this was a pretty good book. Not TOO exciting or amazing, but a good, solid read.
Cover: The cover is very pretty. I love the colors together: scarlet, sky blue, and steel gray. Who knew they'd go so well together? The image is beautiful as well, pretty yet twisted, a butterfly trapped within coils of wire. Think about the symbolism of THAT!
Overall Grade: B-