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Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children #3)

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"Everything that had happened to Nina was real. She had real handcuffs on her wrists, real scars on her back, real fear flooding her mind.

"'They're going to kill me,' Nina whispered, and it was almost a relief to finally, finally give up hope."

In a society that allows no more than two children per family under penalty of death, third children are forced into hiding, or

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm short on time again today, so, this will be quick: This was another exciting entry in this series.
Hailee Gorges
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Among the Betrayed" is the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this book. This book is about a young girl named Nina. The population police found her useful and used her to betray other third children. In her holding cell she meets three other children, Alia, Percy, and Matthias. While in the cell she tries to find information about them, but they do not tell her anything. One day while The Hating Man was questioning her a guard was found poisoned. Nina finds the poisoned guard's keys an ...more
La Talpa
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017februar, dystopie
Erst dachte ich, dass es sich hierbei nur um einen Zwischenteil der Grundgeschichte handelt und war etwas entäuscht, aber die Fäden finden sich zusammen und so bin ich doch sehr froh ein wenig mehr von Nina Idi, einem der Schattenkinder, zu erfahren. Ich glaube, dass sie im weiteren Verlauf noch eine größere Rolle spielen könnte. Ich bin gespannt ob ich recht habe ;))

Also auch dieser Teil konnte mich überzeugen. Da es eben eher eine Dystopie für jüngere Leser ist, ist die Sprache und der Aufbau
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among the Betrayed
The main character is Nina, and she is the third born child in her family. Nina is illegal, because she is the third born of her family, and third born children are illegal, because it is hard times where she lives. Nina used to live with her aunt’s, but she got caught. For third born children to try and not get caught, people make fake ID’s for them to try and help them.
The book is about a girl, (Nina), who gets caught being an illegal, and she is then thrown in prison. The
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book is good because Nina is another shadow child and is actually with luke from the first book and luke doesn't know that she is a like him but she doesn't know if she should luke but IDK if she knows likes real name isn't lee grant luke is trying to say to say he can help her. this book is good because I like the series of the among the shadow children and all of these books mostly have action and its interesting
Lars Guthrie
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Third in 'The Shadow Children Sequence,' and perhaps the most fascinating so far, with its edgy examination of trust and perception.

'Among the Betrayed' shifts focus and the protagonist of the first two books in Haddix's seven-volume series becomes a minor player. A peripheral character in 'Among the Impostors,' Nina, takes center stage. Readers of the first two books, and it definitely is a plus to have read these first, will themselves not be sure whether to trust Nina.

Nina, held and questio
Raegan   Ralls
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I loved this book! At the beginning I felt it was a little boring and could of had more detail, but I loved the twist ending so much it definitely deserves 4 stars! This book had lots of action and included a lot of twist and turns I did not see coming. It just goes to show you, trust no other man alive!!!!
At first I thought it would be a bad book because it was in Ninas point of view but I was completely wrong! If anything it made the book better.
Plus this is my favorite cover for this series-
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book Among the Betrayed was very good. It was interesting and kept you wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book because it was intense, entertaining, easy to comprehend, and the end had a twist on it that made the book good.

The plot of the book is that there are these “third children” in this country that only allows you to have two kids because there is not enough food, this book is about this girl name Nina. Nina goes to this special school where there are a lot of third childr
Luke Sands
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Chloe Dehler
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I decided to read “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Peterson Haddix because I read her first two books in the shadow child sequence and I loved them. “Among the Betrayed was an attention-grabbing book. I kept wanting to read more.

The main character is this book is Nina. Nina is a shadow child with a fake identity. She used to live with her aunt until she moved to the school for girls. Nina has a friend named Jason who also is a shadow child with a fake identity who went to the school for boys. T
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Debbie Reiber
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a science fiction children’s book. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate readers. The book talks about the government controlling the population by only allowing two children per family. If families had any more than two children, they would be executed; so, many families hid the children known as shadow children or exnays.
I like how this book was written. The book theme was based on survival. I like how the younger characters k
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this young adult series and it made me look for more books by the author.
Hunter Soerens
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Among the Betrayed
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When I started this book, I thought it was the next book in the series. It actually wasn’t. It was a book that I missed in the series. This book was pretty good. There were sometimes when I lost track of things, but otherwise it was pretty good. I liked this book, because it was actioned packed.

Trina woke up from a quick nap in her jail cell. She was dragged out of her school and was brought to the prison. She didn’t know why or how she ended up there. When
Now it’s Nina’s turn for her story...after Jason betrayed her, she was handcuffed and arrested. Imprisoned with three small children, Percy, Matthias, and Alia who are only ten, nine, and six, she is faced with a dilemma. The “hating man” who is holding her captive wants to make a deal: if she can get the three children to open up and confess that they are illegal third children, he will let her live. Otherwise, she will be executed.

But, can she do it? Can she betray others as she was betrayed
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from_library, youth
Haddix switches gears here, telling a story that occurred at the end of Among the Impostors and overlaps it. The main character switches to Nina, leader of the thirds at the girls' school, about whom we know next to nothing. Most of the story occurs in a Population Police Prison.

Haddix does a great job of revealing how a situation like a political prison would work, especially when you add intrigue within the prison itself, and the Population Police. There aren't very many characters most of the
Justin Foun
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, just as I enjoyed the first two books in this series. It is a good sequel to the first two books. However, I did enjoy the first two a little bit more because I feel as if the plot was more developed and interesting in "Shadow Children" #1 and #2, especially in #1. All in all, among the betrayed is definitely worth reading and is an overall good book.
Willow Lausier
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book. This book was about a girl who had been captured by the population police because the law in her country was that a family was only allowed to have 2 kids. Nina, the main character of this book was accused of being a third child and was turned into the police. This book was pretty good, I would read it again. I recommend this book, especially if you want a quick read book.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a really good book here and I liked all of the action and scary stuff that has happened to her. I really like this series and no there super cool.
Nate Johnson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is really different form the first and second books it wasn't in Luke's point of view it was in Nina but you must read the first and second book to find out more
Malayne s8 Simons

Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Is really good it is a series. This book is about a girl named Nina she is a 3rd child and your not aloud to have more than 2 kids and she has to hid and never come out of her house because if she gets coat then she will die. Nina needs might get caught because everyone found out. So she has been hiding for a really long time and she is just done with it so she gets out of the house and goes somewhere. I really liked this book because there was a l
Peter Nicholson
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Among The Betrayed" is the companion to "Among The Hidden".I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters, the setting and the plot. Nina’s worst nightmare comes true and she is captured by the Population Police and taken from relatives who took care of her to be thrown into a cell. The Hating Man, as Nina calls him, interrogates Nina and tells her that Jason turned her in. Jason is Nina’s first love, this news is very upsetting to her and it makes her furious. The hating man makes ...more
Isaac Buhrow
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Trevor Flease
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. It kept me focused and not wanting to stop reading. There were many different things that could've gone wrong for Nina and certain times throughout the book. For Nina, she ran into many obstacles. The first big one, was being a third child, which meant she either had to stay hidden or live under a different name. Nina tried to get with other children that were the third ones in their families and they turned on her. I think if she would have gotten a
Blake Conwell
Personal Response: This book is different than the other two. It's all about Nina from the girl's school and about her getting arrested. It's still good and its important book among them. Still simple to read and understand.

Plot: Nina from the girl's school got arrested for being a shadow child. She went to prison but it was odd that she and 3 other people were in the whole section of their cells. She meant with the head master at the prison. He gave her all type of banned good food and he told
Ryley Hofferber
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal response: Among the Betrayed was a great read and I enjoyed the book greatly. This book was a page turner and I never wanted to set it down. Among the Betrayed really sucked me into it. At first, I was confused with how the story began but after finishing the book it all totally made sense. I will continue to read this series because it is the best series I have ever read. I hope to be just as enthusiastic about the next book, and I will be sad when I finally finish the last book of thi ...more
Brianna Kortesmaki
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:

I liked this book a lot. It is an easy read. I thought the book had a mysterious or dangerous feel to it. Just how the children had to hide and have fake identities.


Elodie Luria had left a dreary but emotionally comfortable life with her three aunts and grandmother. For the sake of giving her a chance to live out of hiding, they managed to scrounge together enough savings to purchase a fake ID and identity for her "Nina Idi" and sent her to live at Harlow School for
Adam Batten
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I liked the book, Among The Betrayed, because it always left me thinking what would happen next. I rated the book four stars, because the end left me hanging. I did not know what would happen later in Nina's life. Nina is the main character who is an illegal third child. The book is based off a government that only allows two children because of a famine in food. Where did the third children live?

The book was about third children who were born, and then the law was passe
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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 Barons (Shadow Children, #4)
  • Among the Brave (Shadow Children, #5)
  • Among the Enemy (Shadow Children, #6)
  • Among the Free (Shadow Children, #7)