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Among the Enemy (Shadow Children Series #6)

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book was full of action!

This is the 6th book in the series about "shadow children" (illegal third children) and begins with a character change from the last book. The main character is Matthias, a young boy who was living at a special school that was used to disguise shadow children and allow ...
This is the 6th book in the series about "shadow children" (illegal third children) and begins with a character change from the last book. The main character is Matthias, a young boy who was living at a special school that was used to disguise shadow children and allow them to live legally. The population police (a group organized to make sure that third children are not allowed to live) came to the school looking for new recruits. As they drove away, Matthias and his friends escaped into the wilderness and began to make their way to the headmaster of another school. Along the way, Alia (a young girl that Matthias grew up with) and Percy (another lifetime friend of Matthias) are injured. As Matthias tries to help them through the woods he decides to leave them in a log cabin and try to find help. Eventually he gets to his destination, but is ambushed upon trying to rescue his friends. He rescues a population police officer who drives him back to their headquarters, not realizing that he is a third child. He signs Matthias up as an officer, and he quickly becomes known to the other members for saving his life. Just as he is getting used to the environment at HQ, the officer he saved dies. During the following weeks he learns how he can save the third children.
After awhile he and one of his friends at HQ set out to destroy a warehouse that held the ID cards of the entire country. He blacks out soon after and awakens to being told that everyone is practically free and that he has to go to the cabin he had headed for in the first place. When he arrives he is greeted by his friends and is told that they will recover and then strike back at the population police.
This is a great book filled with action and adventure.

posted by Jacob-Brummett on November 9, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Among the Enemy

Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel, Among the Enemy, follows the lives of some illegal third-born children as they try to keep running away from the hated Population Police. In the 6th book in the series, Matthias, Percy, and Alia are seized from their school by the Popu...
Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel, Among the Enemy, follows the lives of some illegal third-born children as they try to keep running away from the hated Population Police. In the 6th book in the series, Matthias, Percy, and Alia are seized from their school by the Population Police, and they are taken to a work camp. The three children are able to escape from the truck that is exporting them; and the rest of the novel is mainly about them playing a game of cat and mouse with the Population Police. Margaret Haddix did a decent job of developing the characters in the story, but could have had a better lead-in to some of the story. One issue with the book is that the action starts too abrubtly, without any background information. This resulted in some confusion for me in understanding what was going on in the book. However, once i grabbed a hold of what was going on, the book was very thrilling and enjoyable to read. I especially enjoyed the part where Matthias helps Nina escape from the Population Police work camp. Nina is also an illegal third child, and she would have been killed if Matthias would not have come to the rescue. I would give this novel an overall rating of 5 out of 10 because it lacked a lot of things that I look for in a novel. The characters were not developed greatly, there was little background information provided, and there was not enough action in the book to satisfy me. There were some portions of the book where the children were just having a normal conversation, which bored me very much. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to any reader that enjoys action and suspense. However, I also reccomend that the reader reads the first 5 books in the series prior to reading Among the Enemy.

posted by Travis63 on April 22, 2009

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Among the Enemy

    Margaret Peterson Haddix's novel, Among the Enemy, follows the lives of some illegal third-born children as they try to keep running away from the hated Population Police. In the 6th book in the series, Matthias, Percy, and Alia are seized from their school by the Population Police, and they are taken to a work camp. The three children are able to escape from the truck that is exporting them; and the rest of the novel is mainly about them playing a game of cat and mouse with the Population Police. Margaret Haddix did a decent job of developing the characters in the story, but could have had a better lead-in to some of the story. One issue with the book is that the action starts too abrubtly, without any background information. This resulted in some confusion for me in understanding what was going on in the book. However, once i grabbed a hold of what was going on, the book was very thrilling and enjoyable to read. I especially enjoyed the part where Matthias helps Nina escape from the Population Police work camp. Nina is also an illegal third child, and she would have been killed if Matthias would not have come to the rescue. I would give this novel an overall rating of 5 out of 10 because it lacked a lot of things that I look for in a novel. The characters were not developed greatly, there was little background information provided, and there was not enough action in the book to satisfy me. There were some portions of the book where the children were just having a normal conversation, which bored me very much. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to any reader that enjoys action and suspense. However, I also reccomend that the reader reads the first 5 books in the series prior to reading Among the Enemy.

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