Among the Free (Shadow Children #7)
Luke Garner is a third-born in a restrictive society that allows only two children per family. Risking his life, he came out of hiding to fight against the Population Police laws. Now, in the final volume of Margaret Peterson Haddix's suspenseful Shadow Children series, Luke inadvertently sets off a rebellion that results in the overthrow of the government. T...more
Things I didn't particularly like about the series:
1. There is a lot of violence.
2. The intensity level is high and there are not many breaks in that anxiety/intensity.
3. The introspection in regard to fears seems overdone.
Things I liked:
1. The affirmation of life.
2. The discussion particularly in this last book about what freedom is and is not.
3. The validation that even the little things we do to promote good are imp...more
by Margret Peterson Haddix
The story of this book is about a kid who is illegal, only because he was born third. His name is Luke Gardener, a fourteen year old kid who is slowly, but surely, fighting for his freedom and the freedom of all third children in his country. These third children, or “Shadow Children” have to hide from a government organization called the Population Police, which the main character, Luke has infiltrated with other shadow children. At the first of the story...more
What I liked about this book was the ending. The author didn't do one of those publicly hated endings where its a cliff-hanger with no sequel, or a fade-to-black kind of thing. The author went out right and said the third children were free at the end, and were able to run up and down streets without having to think they are being watched after the Population Police Government had been overthrown.
What I disliked about the boo...more
How is Among the Free like the Holocaust ? Can it become our future?
Stopped dead in your tracks as you hear the loud banging of the door followed by a horrible sound of scary men who call themselves population police. Once you hear that chills run down your spin as you go into hiding. At the same time you family is trying to erase any evidence that you were there. You crouch down in a small space in the dusty attic. So many thoughts are racing through you mind as you hope you don't ge...more
Anyways, I read the entire series this time before I read this one (last time I would've been waiting as everyone else did for its release!) I enjoyed the whole series because of its well paced action and endearing characters. They all...more
Among the Free left me with a sense of fulfillment and awe that I can only get from the final book that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I rode this high for days on end and when I look back on Luke's journey from book one till now, I see a different character that had steadily grown so seamlessly that you read his character the way you did in the beginning without losing the sense of who he was. Th...more
Wasn't impressed with the end of the series. It seemed really abrupt and unbelievable to me, which was disappointing, because I did actually start to care about the characters and what was going to happen. This wrap-up had too many holes for me... too many unbelievable moments. And you know, I suspended my belief for a lot of the series, and did so willingly.
I just don't think Haddix is a great writer. I think this was a great premise for a story - I think at times it was a great story - bu...more
Okay, so some people said it was "perplexing" or "a let-down"...I honestly don't know how on EARTH they got those ideas.
This book was the perfect end to an incredible series. EVERYTHING was tied up, even Jen. I loved this ending, everything truly came full-circle, Luke, Jen, Population Police, Third Children, random things you haven't thought about for multiple books, the entire plot-line of the whole (amazing) series led up to this moment, and I loved it. Every secon...more
Although this last installment is a bit slower than the rest it’s still a very strong read and definitely ends with a big bag. Captivating as the story comes full circle, returning...more
I really liked the series, I would recommend them all and I'm getting my own copy as soon as I can, except 4 ONE I already have(;
All the 7 books were set in one year. What I really liked is that , you can read them separately and still ENJOY.
في مجتمع قوانينه تنص على أن لايزيد عدد الأبناء في الأسرة الواحدة عن الإثنان
ولد لوك 12 عاما ، وغيره من الأطفال (رقم ثلاثة) وعاشوا متخفين في الظل
خوفا من أن يتم القبض عليهم
في يوم ما يحدث شيء ما يعطيهم ومضة أمل للتحرر
ما هو؟ وكيف ستتابع الأح...more
and he hides his whole life. Until he sees a person one day in a yard of one of the new mansions by his house after everyone was gone. Its another third child!!!
What I didn't like about this series: the author began with the story of Luke, and, although she set definite connections with him throughout, the viewpoint shifted to other characters as they were highlighted in different books; my brain complained loud and long about serendipitous coincidences, unlikely situations, and unbelievable circumstances; t...more