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Among the Enemy (Shadow Children #6)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,652 Ratings  ·  455 Reviews
Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matthias is under c ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 2008 by Scholastic (first published May 17th 2005)
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Jun 08, 2009 Lorihudeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haddix switches protagonists once again, with this (the sixth book in the series) being told by Mathias, one of the characters introduced in Among the Impostors. In this portion of the tale, Mathias struggles with the fundamental question of trying to do what is right when "what is right" is not very clear at all. Throughout this series, Haddix poses extremely complex moral dilemmas for her readers through scenarios that they can understand. Her protagonists are flawed, and that makes them all t ...more
May 17, 2012 01cathrynd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the Enemy by: Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book was amazing! This whole series was amazing! I read all 7 books in about 15 days. Wow, right? Well, that doesn't happen very often for me. This series I had read once before but I didn't really pay much attention before. This series is really good. It is full of suspense and is full of action. It also has some comedy and some romance throughout the series. These books are around 200 pages each so, they aren't very big. I was going to do my rev
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Jul 03, 2014 Nataliereviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't know how Haddix does it, but she twists so many individuals into so many different books while moving the story along. It's hard to see how much time has elapsed since the very first book, Among the Hidden, began. How pivotal each character is to the success of the plot. This book provides such a stunning glance at what takes place behind "enemy" lines, the population police headquarters. It brings up the ethics of each individual, regardless of which side you are on. The strength of one ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These take about two evenings to read, and get about a handful of eyerolls from me. Mostly because things "just happen" to fall into place: a door is open, no one is looking, a vent is somehow large enough for a tweenage boy to tunnel through [by the way, Mythbusters tried the whole climbing through a vent and it was VERY loud and not sturdy so I call BS], people trust the kids or are on their side...

Though the bit that bothers me the most is somehow all the kids in these books JUST HAPPEN to s
Antonio Prieto
Jan 10, 2014 Antonio Prieto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book might be a really suspenseful book that fights the for liberty and the only thing that's stopping them is evil. They've been suffering that there Commander is making treating them like dogs. He was thinking "I can't stop this evil". There might be someone or something that can have the power to defeat evil but evil grows inside of people.

The book will take you in a action pack thrilling adventure that you will never forget. He's hopping that someone will take action and that boy will
Vianni Richards
Oct 22, 2015 Vianni Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the Enemy was an astonishing book about a boy named Matthias losing his friends who have been with him for as long as he could remember. I liked the way the author used the point of view of someone from the 3rd book in the series now in the 6th. It was cool how I knew what Matthias was talking about when he had his flashbacks.
Mathias is fighting for his life. He is an illegal third child. The population police are hunting for him. But is there a way to save his friends and himself? Mathias finds a cottage and there he meets an actual population policeman who is getting shot by... a man in a tree? so Mathias jumps in a car with him and saves his and the population policemans life! the population police take him in and makes him a member! how will he get back to his friends save identities all the food and himself. can ...more
Whew, it's been a while since I read a book from this series!

Matthias, Percy, and Alia, characters introduced in the third installment, Among the Betrayed are reintroduced in this novel. They are living at Niedler School when the Population Police take them to what seems to be a work camp. They escape and run to the woods, but Matthias ends up working "among the enemy," at the Population Police Headquarters as an officer-in-training, undercover. There, he finds Nina, and they try to come up with
Feb 18, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a dystopian world, where under the pretense of saving food, having more than three children has been made illegal, and any third child found is put to death by the Population Police, what is one such boy to do?

That is what face Matthias, who made an appearance in an earlier book in the series but now takes centre stage, as events lead him to become adopted - sort of - by a commander in the Population Police, placing him in a position to be drawn right into the heart of their plans. None of wh
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(Sixth book of the Shadow Children Series)

This time we come to know better Matthias, and I liked him like all the others. All in all this is another good addiction to the series, even if somewhat less satisfying.

The setting (3,50) is a near future Earth (U.S.) were there is a totalitarian Government who is enforcing a very strict Population Law: no third child is allowed in a family and to these children only remains a shadow life in hiding, or trying to do something ab
Mar 30, 2015 Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It was about three children named Matthias, Alia, and Percy. Matthias was the oldest they were all raised by the same person his name was Samuel. Samuel was killed because he was caring for many kids. In this book people are only allowed to have two kids or else the third one will be killed. When they first got caught a Population Police Officer betrayed the government and helped the kids survive. It first starts off with the kids at Nielder School. They wake up in the ...more
Kate Tilton
Dec 29, 2015 Kate Tilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an amazingly deep story. The idea that just kids could be held accountable for the faults of a nation and killed simply for being alive is a hard topic. After all this time away from the series I found it difficult to picture myself reading this series at such a young age.

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nash thomas
Nov 12, 2014 nash thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My book is "Among The Enemy" by Margaret Peterson Haddix this book takes place in a dystopian world where food is scarce and, because of that, the Population Police hunt down and kill third children. the story is in Matthias's point of view
David Arko-Mensah
This book was truly interesting, exhilarating, and just amazing. It was full of action and suspense that always made you want to turn to the next page. I'm not sure if I could ever be as brave as the main character, Matthias, who went into enemy territory knowing that if he were discovered he's be killed and help his friends escape to to a safe house from enemy hands. The writing was very powerful and expressed a freedom that could only be fought for. A strength of the book is its almost perfect ...more
Alan Rodriguez
Jan 31, 2015 Alan Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a illegal third-born boy named Matthias. And the population police are in charge that every family only has two child's. And they keep getting stronger.So Matthias is in danger as he tries to keep away from them but unwittingly he ends up saving a population police officer. So by saving his life the officer takes him the headquarters to train him to become one of them. And there with the officers he meets Nina, another third born child. But Matthias does't know who he should re ...more
Destiny Martinez
Nov 22, 2013 Destiny Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Among the Enemy" was a good book with its suspense sadness and the horrors of the truth in their daily lives killing innocent by standards like the third children in the world and the rebels.
Justice Sahaydak
It had the chance to show that just because one is fighting for the 'evil' side doesn't mean that they are 'evil', themselves, but it shied away from that topic. Also, it had the same opportunity to show the reverse, that those on the 'good' side aren't always 'good', but again, avoided it. I wouldn't have expected a book for that age range to explore that topic in this setting, but it felt like the author was planning on it but decided to change up some of her characters to avoid it, perhaps th ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthias, Percy, and Alia meet at Niedler School were they are caught along with many other children and put in a truck to be taken to a work camp. They are then saved when Matthias finds a nail and slashes the tires and crashes into a tree that falls. When the tree falls it injures Alia in the process. It allows them to escape. They run immediately to the forest where Percy is shot in a firing of weapons between Population Police. While they are trying to find a place to hide. Matthias is able ...more
Bryson Hunt
Mar 19, 2014 Bryson Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book in the series. It was one of the best ones. I liked the high risks that they took and it kept me wanting to continue to read it. Luke is still being very careful about not being caught. But the population police are catching up quick. I did not like how they kept adding in new characters. I wish they would just focus on Luke the character that was introduced into the very first book in the series. Putting that behind i really liked reading this and i like the detail that ...more
Preston Weatherbie
This book was ok. It had good suspense and was sad in some parts. It was very easy to read and understand.
Bradley love
Apr 03, 2014 Bradley love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series was amazing, but the book alone was great. I think she should keep making shadow children books. My favorite character in this book was Matthias. he was 13 years old and basically took down the population police(with a little help).
I really hope she keeps making this book. I gave this book 5 stars. the best part of the book to me was when Matthias blew up the storage area where the food was stored. My next favorite character was officer Wells. he was my second favorite because he
Stephanie Moglia
Mar 23, 2014 Stephanie Moglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the first couple of books in this series just "ok" as an adult reader. I could see how they were entertaining to children, but they didn't grab me the way other young adult novels do. As the series progressed, this changed drastically. The action and intrigue is bumped up with each succeeding book, and as more pieces of the puzzle come together, I get more and more sucked in. This book gave us yet another detailed look at a, previously, minor character. The ending was a little different ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting, surprisingly deep, installment in the Shadow Children series. Once again, the author introduces a new protagonist - Matthias. I loved how Matthias's vulnerabilities were displayed alongside his strengths. In this particular book, the author focused more on the gray area that exists between the black and white of good vs. bad, giving the novel a bit more philosophical complexity than some of the others in the series.

This was one of my favorite in the series so far, if not my fav
Emily Turner-hagman
Feb 06, 2015 Emily Turner-hagman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an emotional roller coaster, as excepted. I could not put this book down. I love the adventure and the world that Haddix created. It seems like this world that was created could actually happen in the real world. There were several quotable lines in this book. Matthias' story made me think about all the kinds of evil in this world. He has suffered through so much loss and yet he is still resilient and still believes that people are good. The best way to describe Matthias is that he is a ...more
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This book is the fifth book of the Shadow Children Series Haddix. At this time, the government installs a law saying that there can only be two children per family, so the government makes the population police. The population police is an organization that tries to catch third children, to torture and after kill them. After a while the whole government falls, so Aldous Krakenour is the new boss of the population police, he is a completely mad person, and wants to kill all
Jan 27, 2009 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Among the Enemy" is a top-notch book with impending doom, mayhem, and genuine cunning around every page of the book. The book is one of many in a series known as the Shadow Children series. The book is about a future for mankind in which families are allowed only two children per family, since most of the crops around the world exhausted from the constant need of the world's growing population. There are these types of population police that capture third children and interrogate them to revae ...more
In these uncertain times, 3rd children and rebels are not the only ones in danger. The government has been taken over by the Population Police, the general population’s power has been shut off and the only way to get access to any food at all is to be or be related to a member of the P.P.

In AMONG THE ENEMY (Shadow Children #6) Matthias, the oldest of the three children that escaped from the Population Prison with Nina in book 3, finds himself signing up to be a P.P. Officer after saving the com
Apr 19, 2011 Ilme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constant fear, hiding to avoid exposure, and terror flowing through his mind. This is what Matthias emotions are on a daily basis, for in the world he lives in, he doesn't belong. The sixth book in a series of seven, i chose to read this (sci-fi/ mystery genre) book because it interested me to see how a society such as the one this book takes place in functions. The book has multiple settings, but the main one is the population police headquarters. The novel begins with protagonists Matthias, Pe ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Shadow Children (7 books)
  • Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1)
  • Among the Impostors (Shadow Children, #2)
  • Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children, #3)
  • Among the Barons (Shadow Children, #4)
  • Among the Brave (Shadow Children, #5)
  • Among the Free (Shadow Children, #7)

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“Governments will rise, and governments will fall, and man will do evil to man, and all we can do is turn our hearts to good.” 57 likes
“He looked at the piles of food again, and it was like he was seeing it with new eyes. "This is wrong", he thought, "Letting food rot while people die of hunger. It's evil."....
He breathed in the too-sweet smell of rotting food, "I can stop this evil.”
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