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Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Jun 07, 2009

it was amazing

This is probably my favorite book in the series. The protagonist is now Trey Jackson which annoys many of my students because they just want to know what is going on with Luke. However, Haddix continues to develop all of her characters and this portion of the story is Trey's as he and Luke's brother, Mark, set out to rescue Luke. Lacking self-confidence, Trey never felt he was brave or worthy until fate steps in and makes him do things he never thought possible. This novel features more action than any of the others and the fear is palatable. The prison camp scenes are reminiscent of concentration camps or similar war prisons. Haddix's use of odd place names also harken to a Russian or Eastern European setting. Even though the novel takes place in the United States of the future based on subtle clues throughout the series, these place names lends an otherworldly fear to this overall tone. Haddix is to be commended for being unrelenting in her approach. She does not sugar coat the danger or the effects of the actions.
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Jody You should read The Hunger Games. The author does the same with that book that Haddix does with The Among series. Its set in a future that mirrors so much of our present day. I also like the female protagonist, a survivor at any cost. The characters are multidimensional, even the antogonists. She has a sequel coming out soon (September?) and a third in the works.

Lorihudeck It is on my list of books to read this summer. I think Sue is getting one for the library, if she hasn't already.

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