Book Reviews of Among the Free (Shadow Children)

Among the Free (Shadow Children)
Among the Free - Shadow Children
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
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ISBN-13: 9780689857980
ISBN-10: 0689857985
Publication Date: 4/25/2006
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Among the Free (Shadow Children) on + 3 more book reviews
Great book. the kids and I loved it
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My Opinion
This was a good ending to a wonderful story. While I found this final book in the series to be a bit anti-climatic of an ending as far as the action went, it was quite good as far as the philosophical angle. Very thought provoking. Just how easy would it be to manipulate a society into turning their hatred to a group of children who were not supposed to exist, after years of starvation and hardship. The fact that the new 'government' was so easily able to manipulate society as a whole was quite scary.

I was a little bothered by the first half of the book, where the author seems to completely change Luke's personality. Turning him into a scared, cowardly, child instead of the strong leader that he has been portrayed as in earlier books.

But over all it was a good ending to a wonderful series. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
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This is a great book for those who like totalitarian society type books (The Giver, Hunger Games, Matched). It is leveled as a childrens book, but I would not let my younger children read it. My recommendation would be for middle school and up.
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i thought this book was very good. it's so shocking that some countries could do that to third children. i had never read any books in the series but i picked this one up and understood it right away.