Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Review: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published: Simon & Schuster, 1998
Paperback, 153 pages
Borrowed from Library
Genre: Dystopia/Middle Grade Fiction
Challenge: Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Dystopia Challenge

Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

I had to re-read this book because it was one of the first I read in the dystopian genre. This is truly dystopian to me because there is a clear event that causes this terrible way of living. Even though it is for ages 9-12, the language isn't dumbed down and the story itself is extremely intriguing.

I found Luke's character to be endearing and a little frustrating all at once. I felt Haddix really caputered the voice of a young boy who hasn't interacted with anyone but his family for his entire life. Of course there are moments that I'd wish he'd stop worrying about the Population Police. But, if he became fearless all of a sudden, the story would lose its authenticity.

At a short 153 pages, this book pulls you in and leaves you curious about Luke's future and the world he lives in. All in all, I give Among the Hidden 4 out of 4 stars! Highly recommended for those curious about dystopia, fans of middle grade fiction and those interested in male point of view protagonists.


  1. I LOVED these books. I probably read them first when I was actually about the intended age and they were some of my favourites. I hadn't heard of dystopia then and had no idea that it was a real genre; I just knew I really liked stories with a totalitarian government. Sometime soon I'll probably re-read them and see if I still think they're good, seven years later.

  2. Oh yeah! I'd be interested to see if you'd still like it too! I think this one was so well written!

  3. Wow, I've never heard of this book! But you really did make it sound awesome(:
    Is this a series?

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  4. I've been curious about this series. I somehow missed the boat with them when they were first published. I see you're reading the sequel now, so I'll be keeping an eye out for your review!

  5. Sounds really good. I have to go check this one out now!

  6. Lisa : Yes this is a series, I suggest you read it in order though because it's hard to get into otherwise!

    Small : Hey girlfriend! From reading your other reviews, I think you might be into this one. Especially since it's from a male's POV and it's Middle Grade which I know you like. I'm almost done with the 2nd book and have positive things to say about it!

    Nina : I think you'd like it!! It's dystopian, I don't remember if you were into that or not though...


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