This is a chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal and led to a total ban on procreation. Those children that are born are 'illegal' and 'surplus'. They are sent to grim institutions and trained to be servants, to atone for their very existence. Anna is a model surplus, brainwashed, until new boy Peter, arrives. He's a rebel and a freedom fighter who brings news of Anna's parents and persuades her to escape.
This is a thought-provoking read with a powerful depiction of the strange relationship between torturer and tortured. In the final scenes of this tense and claustrophobic novel, Anna and Peter gain their freedom, but at a horrific price.