Title: The Resistance (The Declaration #2)
Author: Gemma Malley
Published by: Bloomsbury
Summary: In this second installment to The Declaration trilogy, Peter and Anna have made it to safety, or so they think. They now live as legals, but they are still not accepted in a world full of old people who resent the young. Peter wants to do his part for the Underground and that means going undercover at Pincent Pharma. Being at the place where his grandfather rules and Longevity is made makes Peter shudder, but he will do what he can to help the Underground. The longer Peter works at Pincent Pharma, the more seduced he becomes by longevity. Should he sign the Declaration? Are Pip and the Underground telling him the whole truth? What does his grandfather really want with Peter? All Peter's convictions will be tested as he tries to do the right thing for Anna, Ben, and himself.
My Thoughts: Awesome! I really enjoyed this second installment. I feel like this is an underrated series that deserves a little more appreciation. The ideas put forth in the story are really thought provoking and explore the consequences that come with having the ability to artificially prolong one's life. I thought this sequel did a great job of building onto the world introduced in The Declaration.
I found the lure of Longevity to be very believable and I liked how it introduced the idea that there might be no good or absolute right side. Peter's Grandfather and the Authorities are definitely villains with their own ideas for Peter, but at the same time, the Underground might not be as altruistic in their motives either. I was left questioning everything just like Peter. The story also contained some truly shocking scenes and showed how the welfare of the majority can supersede the minority. How expendable the surpluses really were.
I was surprised that Anna didn't really play that big a part in the story. How everything was pretty much told from Peter's POV. I didn't hate it though, because Peter's story was interesting. I'm also excited to learn more of Jude in the next book, he seems kind of cool.
So all in all, very enjoyable reading and an interesting sequel. Can't wait to see what happens in the end and if the world can be saved or not.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Maybe living forever isn't all it's cracked up to be.