By Bloomsbury

Reviewed for High School, 2007

It's the year 2140 and old age is a thing of the past. All but a few citizens of this brave new world have signed a declaration, promising not to bring any children into the world, in exchange for longevity drugs that keep their bodies working indefinitely. Children born without permission, known as "surpluses," are taken by force and placed into work camps. Anna, who has been at Grange Hall since infancy, is thoroughly brainwashed until a stranger arrives, whispering that he was sent by her parents to smuggle her to safety. This chilling book is a heart-pounding escape, freaky sci-fi, and compelling love story, wrapped up into one. Almost impossible to put down, it's a good pick for reluctant readers. (Bloomsbury, $16.95)