In Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Luke is a third child, otherwise known as a shadow child. In a society that only allows parents to have two children, Luke is a secret. He cannot go to school, meet new people, and once the woods surrounding his house are cut down, he won’t be able to leave his house. The Population Police are scary and ruthless and Luke knows that if they find him his life is over. It is this fear that has kept him so good at hiding all these years. When Luke is confined to the attic (because someone might see his shadow in a downstairs window) he is depressed, lonely, and angry. Looking out a vent he sees a light on in one of the new houses that was just built where his woods used to be- and he knows everyone is at work. Is it another shadow child? Will Luke have the courage to find out? If he leaves his house with the Population Police seize him? Your heart will pound with Luke’s as he changes his life forever! Read this book to find out what awaits him!
I LOVED this book! It has short chapters and interesting vocabulary. I really liked Luke, he seemed nice and I felt so bad for him only getting to know his family, house, and yard. I cannot even imagine! I kept wondering what I would do in his situation and I wanted him to explore, but I didn’t want him to at the same time because I was scared of something bad happening. The characters are well-written and I felt a lot of emotions reading this book. At first I thought it was taking place in the past, but now I think it might be the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone in grades 4-7 that likes an adventure and a book full of suspense! I just noticed that this is a series so I will be back at the library getting more books to read before school starts!!
Has anyone else read Among the Hidden? Or another book by Margaret Peterson Haddix?