A Review of Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So, this is really honestly completely random. The reason I have this review at all is because my Mom told me that if I read Among the Hidden, she wanted me to do a review on it. So here I am. If you haven’t read it, and are at least 13 years old, I would recommend it. Great piece of writing.

Among the Hidden is a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix staged in a dystopian society where every family is allowed to have only two children. It tells the story of young Luke, an illegal third child. Living in constant fear of the Population Police, whose job it is to hunt down and remove any third children, Luke leads a life of isolation. This life ends when he finds another third child, one with a goal, a plan to remove the law decreeing third children illegal. 

This book has a very gripping story. The author writes in a way that makes it very easy for the reader to sympathize with Luke. It touches a deeper sentiment, that of loneliness in a world full of people. The fear of the Population Police is illustrated very well, and the characterization is excellent. However, this book is a heart-render. Be prepared to have your feelings buoyed up and then shattered completely. If you hate stuff which makes you cry, then avoid this, because honestly, I came close to just that reading this.

Among the Hidden takes a very real view on what it would be like to live in a society where third children are illegal. Thought had obviously been put into analyzing the situation and creating a story around it. My only complaint is that the story itself is so short (Only a 153 pages 😦 ). I feel that not enough time is spent dealing with the aftermath, though that is probably good in its own way, because it leads up to the sequels. Am I going to read the books that follow? If I can get my hands on them. I wouldn’t buy it, just because I have younger siblings, and I would not recommend this book for anything less than a teenage audience.

Overall, Among the Hidden is an excellent read. The suspense in it will keep you walking on a tightrope, and the pacing will keep you moving through it at a pace which is neither too fast nor too slow. If you asked me what kind of rating I would give this book, I would say four stars out of five. It has a good story, and the climax is well executed, but as I mentioned above, the end felt kind of rushed. That is probably just a matter of personal taste. I tend to enjoy books that are a little more drawn out and delve deeper into the story. That’s it, thanks for reading.

Also, I might do more of these, can’t say, though I guess the fact I just made a category entitled “Book Reviews” kinda forces me to doesn’t it?

Tours yruly


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