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Among The Hidden

Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Young Adult Novel Among the Hidden

The Young Adult Novel, Among the Hidden written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, was published in 1998. This novel is the first among the seven novels of the series Shadow Children. The story covers a fictional future in which it takes many measures to control the global overpopulation.

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Author:  Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Young Adult Novel

Pages: 160

Good reads rating:  3.98 of 5

My Ratings: 7.9 of 10

Published: March 1, 1998

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Young Adult Novel Among the Hidden

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The novel Among the Hidden is a dystopian novel set in a future where the world goes through lack of food because of overpopulation. To control population growth, they do not allow families to have over two children. The story starts with the main character, Luke Garner, who is the third child of his parents and hence his parents violates the population law. Luke is 12 years old and lives on a farm with his family. Like all third and fourth children, Luke has to remain hidden, otherwise, he and his family will be murdered.

Story continues as the government developed houses near the Garner’s house. Luke usually stays home alone in the morning when his parents work and siblings are at school. One day while he is alone, roaming in his house, he accidentally looks at a child looking from the window of the house which already had two kids. He secretly goes into the house, because he is curious, and meets Jen, who also is a shadow child, just like Luke. Jen shows Luke a chatroom where she chats with shadow children like her. They both become friends immediately.

Jen showed Luke the books about this government law and she explained to him a plan where she would take a rally to the Government house and demand equal rights for Shadow Children. Luke is uncertain whether he should join the rally and decides not to join the event. When he tells Jen about this, Jen became annoyed and tells him to leave, and that is the end of this friendship. Luke gets angry with Jen and wished that she might get shot by the Population Police in the rally. Later, he realised, he should not have thought about it. 

Final Say on Young Adult Novel Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden is one novel, which is a must-read. I give this novel a rating of 7.9 out of 10 because it covers an exceptionally interesting story. The book offers a great storyline and characterisation throughout. I would highly recommend this novel because the author has done justice to the story. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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