Among the Free (Shadow Children #7)

 
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Among the Free (Shadow Children #7)
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10+
Release Date
April 25, 2006
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0689857985
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ENOUGH GAMES.

Luke Garner is a third-born in a restrictive society that allows only two children per family. Risking his life, he came out of hiding to fight against the Population Police laws. Now, in the final volume of Margaret Peterson Haddix's suspenseful Shadow Children series, Luke inadvertently sets off a rebellion that results in the overthrow of the government. The people are finally free. But who is in charge now? And will this new freedom be everything they had hoped?

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Liberation from tyranny&and order
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Imagine a life of fear, tyranny, and betrayalthings you have known all your life. You know some out there are fighting against this oppressing government, but terrors grip is as strong as ever. Your life gets worse and worse, as food seemingly disappears completely, and everyone around you (except the government and their forces, of course) are suffering. Then, one day, you hear that the government, which has controlled life for years, has been overthrown! The governments lies and corruption have been destroyed and you are no longer under their unjust rule! The people are free! Is it true? Can you believe this previously impossible news? What is true freedom?

Embark once again with the Population Police resisters for one final Shadow Children adventure. Look through the eyes of Luke once again and witness the events that finally topple the Population Polices regime. The Population Polices control and power seem to weaken, as the ranks of the resisters swelled in size. Luke, who has been working undercover at the Population Polices headquarters, is selected to go on a special new mission. None of those recruited for the job know what is going on, and they are transported to a village, where they order the people to come out and turn in their old ID cards for new ones. But not everything goes as the Population Police hoped, and there is one firm resister; and old woman that refuses the Population Polices terms, even in the face of a gun. An official orders Luke to shoot the woman, but Luke refuses and flees. This small incident sparks the chain that will rid the world of the Population Police once and for all.

Escaping and being continually on the run, word reaches Luke that the Population Police has been overthrown! In their possession was a mind-blowing amount of food that the police feasted on, while the majority of the population starved and suffered. This is only one among the many deceptions the police made, but the people are happy with the free food they are getting, as well as the opportunity to be on the new Freedom News, which allows live speakers to speak about their experience (and often, hatred) towards the Population Police. Yes, the people are finally free from the polices tyrannybut are children like Luke, third children, free as well? Luke is hesitant to reveal himself as a third child, but returns to the headquarters. There, he is reacquainted with a horse he once cared for, while working undercover, but apart from her, Luke cannot seem to find any of his old friends. As he searches for them, he accidentally stumbles upon another vile plotlooks like the lies arent over yet!

There is no government or control over all the people; an open invitation to chaos and trouble. Everyones content for the moment, theres free food for all, and for once in years and years, regular peoples bellies are fullwhat more could they want? But new conspiracies are on the horizon, and trouble lurks ahead. With new propaganda on the verge of being released, the people will be no better off than they were beforecan Luke stop them? Is he really alone, or can he find support? When will he truly be among the free?

Those who have followed this series will marvel and understand how far Luke has come, and how much he as matured. All of his friends have come a long way, reaching their dream after much toil. With an overthrown abusive government, the possibilities are limitless, and this time, there are hopes that there will be freedom for all. As they say, this is not the end, but rather, the beginning to a whole new (and hopefully brighter) future. Sure, the ol good guy, Luke, seems to squirm out of sticky spots and rise to the occasion every time, but its still interesting to read how he does it! Slightly predictable (but hey, who doesnt like a happy ending), but enjoyable, this satisfying end to the Shadow Children series will be a hit to all the fans of this series! This book definitely deserves a 4.5 stars out of 5!
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A True Page turner
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Reader reviewed by Brianna

She has done it again by writing a most wonderful and suspenceful books in the whole world.This is the best book I have ever read.I can not see how I just devoured this book It only took about two or three hour straight to read it all and i still read it again and again. The book was written in a wonderful and amazing way. All I have to say is you need to read this bookn and I promise that this will absolutely be the very best book that you have ever read.
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A Wonderful Story of Action
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Reader reviewed by T Porcino

The man gave Luke a cruel, thin-lipped smile. In horror, Luke watched the man lift his arm-higher, higher, and higher, until it was aimed straight out from his body, the first finger extended. 'You,' the man said. He was pointing at Luke. This is an example from the book Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book is a science fiction and takes place in a future society. Among the Free is told in third person form. The storyline follows Luke throughout the whole book. This book is the conclusion of the Shadow Children Series.
Here is the general idea of the book. Luke is working in the stables. He really likes this one horse with a very caring and comforting gaze and kind and understanding eyes that he named after his friend Jennifer Talbot. Luke calls the horse Jenny. He is sure that the real Jen would never let Luke just stay in the stables and really just be a stable boy, not someone that wants to overthrow the Population Police. Every morning an officer of the Population Police come and inspect all the stable boys. He is in line, shoulder to shoulder with all the other stable boys, waiting for their morning inspection. When the officer finally arrives, he announces that he will promote three of the stable boys. The officer first chooses the tallest boy and the most muscular boy and then finally him. They get shoved into a car and are off on their first mission. While on their mission, there is an old lady that refuses to listen to the Population Police. Luke is then ordered to prosecute the women in front of the rest of the village. He is afraid to shoot the women, so he drops the gun and runs away.
Luke also has internal and external conflicts like any other person. He has to ignore the ghost of his friend that keeps telling him to hurry up and do something to make a difference. Her ghost is only in his mind when he is very hungry or tired. Luke wants to overthrow the Population Police so that he doesn't have to be in hiding anymore, or pretend to be someone that has died and their parents have donated their child's ID to an illegal third child, like Luke and his friends. Luke is always homesick about his parents and to brothers. He wants to see them really badly. Luke also wants to see his friends from school and all the people he knows and make sure that they are OK. Luke has more internal conflicts then external.
I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. If people that have read and enjoyed other Margaret Peterson Haddix' s books will enjoy this book. Science fiction loving and non-loving will still enjoy this book. When I read this book, I couldn't stop reading. The writing style is unique and interesting. The characters are realistic and lovable. It is easy to concentrate while reading this book. With all the action and drama, you can barely hear your mom calling you for dinner. The plot of this story was very believable. The situations the characters had made it very realistic and believable. The situations were very believable. The government making it illegal to have more then two children to save the food. Among the Free was a very good read.
My opinion on this book is a very positive one. I enjoyed everything that was included in the book from the characters to the style of writing Margaret Peterson Haddix uses. In my opinion there was no poor writing or boring parts. The story, writing style, the characters, everything is perfect. If I had to edit this book, I would tell whoever told me to that I didn't have anything to change. The ending is a perfect conclusion for a book.
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