By Margaret Peterson Haddix
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?
Well, this book has been out a while and it’s one of those I kept meaning to read. I found that it is very much in the Dystopian style that is now prevalent everywhere (and frankly I’m starting to tire of) but this is geared toward younger kids, with the short span of the book. But don’t let that fool you, this book is written in top-form, it’s not only good for younger kids, I was engrossed and I’m in college. It’s a great premise. Nobody is allowed to have more than 2 kids, and yet there is an underground group of children who are all the 3rd child, or shadow children who have to decide if they stay in the shadows or come out into the light. It’s great in a terrible way. The writing reminded me a lot of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. It had the same sort of feel to it, just a little dimmed down because it is meant for a little lower reading level.