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Among the Free (Shadow Children #7)

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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. Th
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 25th 2006)
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I got tired of writing reviews for the entire series, so I'm just going to wrap it all up in one concise review. The series was well-done and exciting. There were plenty of times that I had to suspend my disbelief, but it WAS written for teens after all. I think what kept me reading was not just the action, but the horrid realization that a government who controls population, controls farming, food, and many other aspects of life while allowing the rich and powerful to abstain from the laws is n ...more
So, to finish off the dystopian challenge month, I tore through the Shaddow Children series by Haddix. I really liked the concept for the series, and I enjoyed seeing it progress from different POV in each of the books. I must admit I was growing a bit tired of the cat-and-mouse game by the 5th book, so I decided to skip over book 6 and just get to the ending! I’ve been waiting for these poor kids and their families and friends to finally be free, and for the repulsive form of government the cou ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens and older
I have reserved my opinions on this series until I completed this final book.

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
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Social Voice
By Antonese

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
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
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After six books and ten shadow children, I really was hoping that the author would bring them all together. The ending was so anti-climatic and unfulfilling it left me thinking "really...that's it". I enjoyed the series and would recommend it, especially to Jr High age kids, but just felt the last book lacked a bit.
Olivia Abbott
This series is so awesome!!! Here's some stuff about it. There is a law that you can only have two children. A boy named Luke is a third child
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!!!
Kassi Tews
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Sep 10, 2007 david rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
this book is a giant rollarcoster ride from beging to end.this is the last book in the shawdow childern serises. this book u just wait for lukes escape but one Q. will we get caught.
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It's a wrap! This final book in the Shadow Children series is told from Luke's perspective, which seems appropriate since we started this whole journey with him in the first book. Luke has infiltrated the Population Police and resists a direct order to shoot an old woman, inadvertently setting off a chain of events that leads to the demise of the Population Police. This seems like an amazing event, or is it? Our old friend Oscar Wydell (Smits' bodyguard from Among the Barons) places himself in c ...more
When I first read this book, I have to confess to being disappointed in it. Although Haddix returns to Luke Garner as the protagonist, I felt that Luke had reverted too far back to the shy, scared boy he was at the start of the series. Without giving away any spoilers, I was also disappointed in the ending which felt incomplete. However, the more I have read this book, the more I have come to appreciate the finesse with which Haddix concludes this series. To truly appreciate the ending, the read ...more
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Eli B
Among the Free, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the last book in the Shadow Children series, is an exciting science fiction novel that is a nail-biter. This action and adventure story is about Luke Garner, a teenage boy, who is the third born child in his family. He lives in a society controlled by the Population Police. The government is a system where the Population Police control the laws, such as how much food goes out to the people, and how many kids can be in each family. According to their p ...more
In the conclusion on the Shadow Children series, the reader again meets up with Luke--somewhat fitting since the series began with him in the first place. Luke has been working at the Population Police's headquarters, trying to do his best to sabotage from the insides with his friends. When he refuses to hurt someone doing Population Police duties, he unknowingly sets up the takeover the evil government. Everyone is free, or so Luke thinks. Are third children really free or will everyone find so ...more
Chris Garcia
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I actually didn't like this book as well as the others in the series or as well as I was expecting to like it. For one thing, Luke was almost totally on his own. I guess the author's intent was to give a feeling of loneliness, but I was actually hoping to see more of the other characters from the previous books. Also, the whole book seemed a little rushed, and the overthrow of the Population Police was pretty unbelievable and didn't even make a whole lot of sense.

One thing I did like is that Lu
This was an AWESOME series
I read the entire series in a very short time. I looked forward to each new one to learn more about these children and their experiences. I did not enjoy this one as much. I felt the author kind of ran out of steam at the last and really didn't know how to end the series. I would rather she had spent less time creating new problems and spent more time taking us through the process of becoming free -- of setting up the new government, etc. I did still enjoy it, though. Just not as much as the oth ...more
Keisha Martin
Haddix's Among the Free brought me an extravagant, yet corrupted world into existance with the repeating theme of emphathy and an impending fear of the fall of human society.

A theme from this book is social justice. Social justice includes social, political, educational, legal, economic, and other human rights of people. The government in this story is Totalitarian. In this story, only two children were allowed per family due to the fact that the government falsely states that there is a food
After reading the rest of the books, specially after how good the fifth and sixth books were, I was expecting a lot from the finale, an amazing and epic depiction of how the system was finally brought down by these groups of amazing third children tired of living in the shadows. What did I end up getting? NONE OF THAT. I mean, seriously?! Wasn't Luke supposed to have grown a bit of bravery after book two? Apparently not. And where were all the other kids who supposedly were on Luke's team trying ...more
Dawson Brown
Title:among the free
Author:margaret peterson

Among the free takes place in a place called population police a lot of boys whent there there was one boy that was named luke what he did is his gob is to clean the horses and feed them well nod get them new hay every day until one day this boy came and pik people and he pointed to Luke and said you.
Luke is a very curious boy he wonders off to a village where this old man and old women greet him to everyone butt they where not looking
Tera Casey
What a great ending to this series. I really enjoyed these stories and the characters that brought them to life.
Leanna Henderson
These are my thoughts on the series as a whole. Overall I give the series 3 stars.

Seven books was way too much. I really liked the first one, Among the Hidden, but I started losing interest about 3 books in. Nevertheless, I powered through. I would have preferred to stay with Luke and his story in more detail. Also, the writing seemed to get worse and more simplistic the longer the series went on. And it was yet another case of the author not having any idea of how to end the series.
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I won't lie and tell you that this was my favorite of the series. In all honesty, it might have been my least favorite and is a close tie with book number one. After all of the continuous action and non-stop thrill, this book was a disappointment. Though I adore Luke and all he realized he could be after the loss of Jen, he reverted. Perhaps I expected more from him. After all he had done to motivate other third children to fight the laws, he lost all of his steam. One could make a comparison to ...more
This book was awesome for ended the sires. It is sad that it was the last book, but at least we know that they would all be free.
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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 Enemy (Shadow Children, #6)
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1) Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10) Found (The Missing, #1) Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles, #1) Among the Impostors (Shadow Children, #2)

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