If you had the choice between living forever and never having children, or living for the natural term of your life and having kids, which would you choose? A gripping, powerful, move-you-to-tears dystopian novel.
Anna Covey is a 'surplus'. She should not have been born. In a society in which aging is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination. Like all surpluses, Anna is living in Grange Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her.
She is quietly accepting of her fate until one day when a new inmate arrives- a boy, who claims to know her parents. Anna's life is thrown into chaos. Is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy?
A tense and utterly compelling story.
About Gemma Malley
Gemma Malley lives in South London and this is her first book for a teenage audience. She is already working on her second novel.
Review: A compelling read, if you've ever wondered why people make the choices they do about becoming a parent or not, this is a great insight. Plus a thought provoking view on what is like to be an orphan.
Allen & Unwin
Author: Gemma Malley