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HIDE OR FIGHT?Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matth HIDE OR FIGHT?Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matthias is under constant scrutiny, and he has no idea whom he can trust. What can one boy do against a wicked bureaucracy?


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HIDE OR FIGHT?Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matth HIDE OR FIGHT?Matthias, an illegal third child, is caught in the cross fire between rebels and the Population Police. When he unwittingly saves a Population Police officer, Matthias is brought to Population Police headquarters to train as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, another third-born who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. But Matthias is under constant scrutiny, and he has no idea whom he can trust. What can one boy do against a wicked bureaucracy?

30 review for Among the Enemy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nolann_E1

    "Among the Enemy," written by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a book that has a lot of cliffhangers, suspense, it is constantly unraveling mysteries, and really draws you in, making you feel like your actually in the scene. I recommend this book to readers who love realistic fiction. In this book, you can really feel the characters emotion, like if he's sad, angry, confused, etc.... It's just so detailed. I really like how the author makes each book about someone else, not about the same person in "Among the Enemy," written by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a book that has a lot of cliffhangers, suspense, it is constantly unraveling mysteries, and really draws you in, making you feel like your actually in the scene. I recommend this book to readers who love realistic fiction. In this book, you can really feel the characters emotion, like if he's sad, angry, confused, etc.... It's just so detailed. I really like how the author makes each book about someone else, not about the same person in every book. He creates different points of view, a different perspective on the same event which keeps the series interesting. It really feels like this author put her heart and soul into this book. In this book, Matthias is the main character. Although there are other important characters as well, it really focuses on Matthias. Sometimes I imagine what if I was Matthias or a third child, how would I react differently or how would I react, what would I do. Honestly, I don't know. I think that others should read and enjoy this book. This book reminds me of the real world and how we are already struggling with problems like ISIS and starting wars when another option would be possible.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorihudeck

    Haddix switches protagonists once again, with this (the sixth book in the series) being told by Mathias, one of the characters introduced in Among the Impostors. In this portion of the tale, Mathias struggles with the fundamental question of trying to do what is right when "what is right" is not very clear at all. Throughout this series, Haddix poses extremely complex moral dilemmas for her readers through scenarios that they can understand. Her protagonists are flawed, and that makes them all t Haddix switches protagonists once again, with this (the sixth book in the series) being told by Mathias, one of the characters introduced in Among the Impostors. In this portion of the tale, Mathias struggles with the fundamental question of trying to do what is right when "what is right" is not very clear at all. Throughout this series, Haddix poses extremely complex moral dilemmas for her readers through scenarios that they can understand. Her protagonists are flawed, and that makes them all the more believable. Her antagonists are more than mere comic book bad guys. They grieve and show compassion of sort. These complex issues and fast pacing keep the readers involved. Some of my students do complain of the switching of protagonists (they want Luke back), but I feel the shifts enable her to tell different parts of her story. Every year, I am asked, "Have they made a movie of this?" While I agree the story would make a good movie, I doubt if a film would be able to do the books justice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    01cathrynd

    Among the Enemy by: Margaret Peterson Haddix This book was amazing! This whole series was amazing! I read all 7 books in about 15 days. Wow, right? Well, that doesn't happen very often for me. This series I had read once before but I didn't really pay much attention before. This series is really good. It is full of suspense and is full of action. It also has some comedy and some romance throughout the series. These books are around 200 pages each so, they aren't very big. I was going to do my rev Among the Enemy by: Margaret Peterson Haddix This book was amazing! This whole series was amazing! I read all 7 books in about 15 days. Wow, right? Well, that doesn't happen very often for me. This series I had read once before but I didn't really pay much attention before. This series is really good. It is full of suspense and is full of action. It also has some comedy and some romance throughout the series. These books are around 200 pages each so, they aren't very big. I was going to do my review on the whole series, but I wasn't exactly sure how to do that so I picked my favorite book and that book is number six out of the seven. Matthias, Percy, and Alia are like the three musketeers. They are "family" and stick together. They go to Niedler School. One day, they were all sound asleep when the Population Police came and decided that they were going to retreat the whole school to become future Population Police themselves. They, loaded them all in a truck. Percy, Matthias and Alia are all scared and are plotting to escape. Matthias found a nail on the floor of the truck and used that to cut their belts that were holding them down. He then found a hole on the floor and threw the nail and it popped the tire. The truck crashed in the trees and a tree landed on the truck. Percy and Matthias were okay, but the tree had hit Alia on the head. So, Percy and Matthias got away with Alia and they were journeying through the woods to find a place for them to rest. They find this little shack and were about to come out of the woods when all of a sudden they heard gun fire and people shouting at each other. They saw that the Population Police were there shooting the people who were in the shack. So, they ran back into the woods, but as they were running back, Percy got shot in the leg and soon passed out. Matthias waited for the Population Police to leave and then he went into the shack where he found a secret door under the floor. It was a secret room with some food and lanterns and cots. He bandaged up their wounds then, he headed out to Mr. Hendricks house. Mr. Hendricks house was maybe a good 5 or 6 miles away. He got there and brought Mrs. Talbot back with him in a beat up car. When they got there, a Population Police was there and there was somebody in the woods shooting at him. So, he got the Population Police in the car and he saved him. The Police's name was Tidwell (Tiddy). Tiddy recruited Matthias and soon, Tiddy died from poison. Tidwell was one of the commanders favorites so since Matthias had saved his life, the commander really liked him and treated him like a son. Mike (one of Tidwell's friends) started hanging around him and he found his friend Nina. Matthias had secret meetings with Nina and they came up with a plan to escape with their friends. So, they do the plan and end up back at Mr. Hendricks house where Percy and Alia are recovering great with Mrs. Talbot. Now, there is one more book, so it kind of just leaves you hanging and I also left out a lot of detail so if you liked reading this then I definitely recommend this series to you. Hope you take me up on that and enjoy! :D

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Now it Matthias's turn for his story. Always together with Percy and Alia, the trio were a family. Yet, when they were ripped from Niedler School by the Population Police, things go awry and eventually they three are separated. Alia is hurt in a vehicle accident and Percy is shot. Matthias is beside himself with worry, but finally makes the decision to leave them and go for help. Inadvertently, after finding Dr. Talbot and bringing her to the injured, he subsequently 'saves' a Population Police Now it Matthias's turn for his story. Always together with Percy and Alia, the trio were a family. Yet, when they were ripped from Niedler School by the Population Police, things go awry and eventually they three are separated. Alia is hurt in a vehicle accident and Percy is shot. Matthias is beside himself with worry, but finally makes the decision to leave them and go for help. Inadvertently, after finding Dr. Talbot and bringing her to the injured, he subsequently 'saves' a Population Police officer and finds his way into their headquarters. There, unbelievably he finds Nina. There, he finds, a plot is brewing. Will he become a part of it? At what cost, especially to Percy and Alia? Among the Enemy is, once again, full of suspense and danger, leading up to the finale, Among the Free

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    These take about two evenings to read, and get about a handful of eyerolls from me. Mostly because things "just happen" to fall into place: a door is open, no one is looking, a vent is somehow large enough for a tweenage boy to tunnel through [by the way, Mythbusters tried the whole climbing through a vent and it was VERY loud and not sturdy so I call BS], people trust the kids or are on their side... Though the bit that bothers me the most is somehow all the kids in these books JUST HAPPEN to s These take about two evenings to read, and get about a handful of eyerolls from me. Mostly because things "just happen" to fall into place: a door is open, no one is looking, a vent is somehow large enough for a tweenage boy to tunnel through [by the way, Mythbusters tried the whole climbing through a vent and it was VERY loud and not sturdy so I call BS], people trust the kids or are on their side... Though the bit that bothers me the most is somehow all the kids in these books JUST HAPPEN to start wandering toward the Hendricks school and make it? How big is this land they live in??? Kids who've never been to the school can find it by walking down random roads and it only takes a few hours. Maybe Haddix just wanted kids to think God solves all your problems. Not sure. Anyway, it's the closest thing I'll get to post-apocalyptic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These are getting better and better! As things get more intense they also get less realistic, but they are still good. I'll admit that after a few chapters I had to go back to the end and make sure certain key characters were still alive before I continued reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesus Medrano

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Among the enemy tells the story of a young boy named Matthias who ends up being in middle of the conflict between the tryantacal police force called the Population Police, and the rebellion that opposes them. Matthias does so by saving one of the Population Police officers in middle of a assault by the rebels and ended up in the Population Police's headquarters, as he was looking for his friends Percy and Alia, who were critically injured and Matthias left them behind a cabin he found to look fo Among the enemy tells the story of a young boy named Matthias who ends up being in middle of the conflict between the tryantacal police force called the Population Police, and the rebellion that opposes them. Matthias does so by saving one of the Population Police officers in middle of a assault by the rebels and ended up in the Population Police's headquarters, as he was looking for his friends Percy and Alia, who were critically injured and Matthias left them behind a cabin he found to look for help before. The novel has a setting that is driven by a fascist society where the poor are left food that they can barely survive with, while the high ranking being the Population Police, gets all the resources they want, especially food. The theme of this is despair, considering there was a part in the novel where Matthias felt he was no better than the Population Police as Matthias left alot of kids to die because of him wanting to break free from the truck that he had a hand in it crashing and Matthias focused on just worrying about Percy and Alia. And because of that, he thought there was no reason to resist the Population Police. What says about despair is that it's a distraction as at one point Matthias was thinking about how he was the reason Mrs. Talbot would never return to her husband, but dismissed that thought as a distraction because Matthias was putting that self doubt onto himself from keeping him from doing something good for only himself, but for society, and that was to put an end to the Population Police.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the sixth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and it follows a character we had met before, named Matthias, as he becomes a true leader of his "adopted" brother and sister. When both of them are put in mortal danger, he has to make a series of decisions, that leads him to working undercover as part of the Population Police... sound familiar? I feel like this book was just a rehashing of the same book prior. We have a meek kid, in a crappy si Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix was the sixth installment of the Shadow Children Series, and it follows a character we had met before, named Matthias, as he becomes a true leader of his "adopted" brother and sister. When both of them are put in mortal danger, he has to make a series of decisions, that leads him to working undercover as part of the Population Police... sound familiar? I feel like this book was just a rehashing of the same book prior. We have a meek kid, in a crappy situation, who is then put undercover, and then becomes a hero somehow. It was the exact same... I was just left feeling really underwhelmed, and like this book would have been better from a character we already had established being the subject, like Lee.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    I liked this installment. I liked how the author incorporated old and new characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blake Conwell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: You have to read all of the books . It's easy to read. The story line is getting really good and a lot of action in the book. Plot: Matthias finds himself caught in the cross fire between the Population Police and the friendlys. And ends up saving the life of a Population Police officer. The officer takes Matthias to the top of Population Police headquarters to train him to become one of their best. There, among his feared enemies, Matthias encounters Nina, another illegal , w Personal Response: You have to read all of the books . It's easy to read. The story line is getting really good and a lot of action in the book. Plot: Matthias finds himself caught in the cross fire between the Population Police and the friendlys. And ends up saving the life of a Population Police officer. The officer takes Matthias to the top of Population Police headquarters to train him to become one of their best. There, among his feared enemies, Matthias encounters Nina, another illegal , who enlists his help in a plot to undermine the Population Police. While in the Headquarter's, there is a team to help get all of the illegals away from the headquarters. Characterization: Matthias: Two traits of Matthias are he is the oldest child and the leader of the Trio. Two character traits that Matthias has are brave and a paragon. Percy: Two traits that Percy has are intelligent and daring. He is the second oldest. Alia: Two traits that Alia has are observant and challenging. Mike: He is important to the story because he helps the children from the police. Luke Garner: Two traits that Luke has are fearful and innocuous. Recommendation: Good story line to the book, easy to read and understand. I Has the most action than all of the books so far. I give 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andy McCoy

    Matthias is a twelve year old boy who is a third child. The population police said that a family can only have two kids. Matthias and his friends were at school when the population police came in and put all of the kids in trailers because they are all third children and tied them up. Eventually Matthias breaks the ropes and he tries to get his friends out. The truck that was pulling the traller instantly hits a tree. It falls on the truck. Alia, one of Matthias friends, is knocked out. Percy, h Matthias is a twelve year old boy who is a third child. The population police said that a family can only have two kids. Matthias and his friends were at school when the population police came in and put all of the kids in trailers because they are all third children and tied them up. Eventually Matthias breaks the ropes and he tries to get his friends out. The truck that was pulling the traller instantly hits a tree. It falls on the truck. Alia, one of Matthias friends, is knocked out. Percy, his other friend, helps Matthias get Alia out. They are in the forest near the population police headquarters.. On their journey to a safe place the Population Police shoots Percy but then Matthias has to make a decision to try to save one of his friends or get himself to safety. This was a really good book. I hope everybody decided to read this series. This book was one of the best books in the series, because it is action packed and the new characters are so cool because they are different. Luke in the first book always knew what to do, and I knew that he would be safe but Matthias is so different and you don't know if he'll be okay. The only better book is the first one because I like the main character, because I can relate to him.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I don't know how Haddix does it, but she twists so many individuals into so many different books while moving the story along. It's hard to see how much time has elapsed since the very first book, Among the Hidden, began. How pivotal each character is to the success of the plot. This book provides such a stunning glance at what takes place behind "enemy" lines, the population police headquarters. It brings up the ethics of each individual, regardless of which side you are on. The strength of one I don't know how Haddix does it, but she twists so many individuals into so many different books while moving the story along. It's hard to see how much time has elapsed since the very first book, Among the Hidden, began. How pivotal each character is to the success of the plot. This book provides such a stunning glance at what takes place behind "enemy" lines, the population police headquarters. It brings up the ethics of each individual, regardless of which side you are on. The strength of one's character is tested with such bravado that you can't separate yourself once you have begun reading. This story brings to light Matthias, who we have seen in an earlier book, and puts him in the protagonist's seat. I'm continually impressed by the challenges that characters face and the strength they must have. As much as my inferring and predicting skills are working, there are always pieces that Haddix throws at you, curve balls, to keep you off the track and keeping the secrecy alive!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nataliereviews

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, i would give this four and a half stars but there wasn't an option for that but it is what it is.The book was written well, and had an amazing plot. The book was very good, suspensful, a mix of fear, agony, and hope, bravery,..... all was good except for one thing. The language. I'm sorry to say but to much old language got in the way of the suction i had in all of the other shadow children books. Don't get my review the wrong way though. My fave part was when Luke was asked to kill a women Well, i would give this four and a half stars but there wasn't an option for that but it is what it is.The book was written well, and had an amazing plot. The book was very good, suspensful, a mix of fear, agony, and hope, bravery,..... all was good except for one thing. The language. I'm sorry to say but to much old language got in the way of the suction i had in all of the other shadow children books. Don't get my review the wrong way though. My fave part was when Luke was asked to kill a women who refused to show her identidy card, and luke said no and gave his weapon to the people who where on his side, and ran away. I liked how this little act of bravery gave the population police shock. Thanks for reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Prieto

    The book might be a really suspenseful book that fights the for liberty and the only thing that's stopping them is evil. They've been suffering that there Commander is making treating them like dogs. He was thinking "I can't stop this evil". There might be someone or something that can have the power to defeat evil but evil grows inside of people. The book will take you in a action pack thrilling adventure that you will never forget. He's hopping that someone will take action and that boy will The book might be a really suspenseful book that fights the for liberty and the only thing that's stopping them is evil. They've been suffering that there Commander is making treating them like dogs. He was thinking "I can't stop this evil". There might be someone or something that can have the power to defeat evil but evil grows inside of people. The book will take you in a action pack thrilling adventure that you will never forget. He's hopping that someone will take action and that boy will be Matthias. Taking the a actions that he's in might led him to death or happiness.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate Tilton

    This was an amazingly deep story. The idea that just kids could be held accountable for the faults of a nation and killed simply for being alive is a hard topic. After all this time away from the series I found it difficult to picture myself reading this series at such a young age. The full review can be found at http://katetilton.com/the-shadow-chil... This was an amazingly deep story. The idea that just kids could be held accountable for the faults of a nation and killed simply for being alive is a hard topic. After all this time away from the series I found it difficult to picture myself reading this series at such a young age. The full review can be found at http://katetilton.com/the-shadow-chil...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vianni Richards

    Among the Enemy was an astonishing book about a boy named Matthias losing his friends who have been with him for as long as he could remember. I liked the way the author used the point of view of someone from the 3rd book in the series now in the 6th. It was cool how I knew what Matthias was talking about when he had his flashbacks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    Matthias gains a respected position among the Population Police for inadvertently helping one of their own escape death. How can he use his closeness with the head of the Population Police to help the resistance?

  18. 5 out of 5

    nash thomas

    My book is "Among The Enemy" by Margaret Peterson Haddix this book takes place in a dystopian world where food is scarce and, because of that, the Population Police hunt down and kill third children. the story is in Matthias's point of view

  19. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Martinez

    "Among the Enemy" was a good book with its suspense sadness and the horrors of the truth in their daily lives killing innocent by standards like the third children in the world and the rebels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Preston Weatherbie

    This book was ok. It had good suspense and was sad in some parts. It was very easy to read and understand.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This was a great book!!! Action Packed and full of mystery, danger and adventure. I couldn't put the book down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Among the Enemy is the 6th book in the Shadow children series. It is full of plot twist and exciting moments so, fair warning, there are a couple of spoilers. Since this is the 6th book in the series, there is some background information you might want to know; in this country that they live in (never specified), it is illegal to have more than two children due to a drought and the famines. However, many people continued to have children, which forces those poor third children into hiding from Among the Enemy is the 6th book in the Shadow children series. It is full of plot twist and exciting moments so, fair warning, there are a couple of spoilers. Since this is the 6th book in the series, there is some background information you might want to know; in this country that they live in (never specified), it is illegal to have more than two children due to a drought and the famines. However, many people continued to have children, which forces those poor third children into hiding from the Population Police. The Population Police take care of keeping the population down a.k.a they kill third children. So all of these innocent children are being killed or are away hiding and one of these children is Luke. Luke is the main character in the first book, but it switches roles throughout each book, so in this book, it is in Mattias's perspective. Mattias is also a third child, who grew up in the streets with his best friends Percy, who is 9, and Alia, who is 5, while Mattias is 12. There is only one hope for the third children to survive right now and it is to get a fake identity where they can live a normal life, however, that means they must be taken away from their families. Luckily for Mattias, Percy, and Alia, they get placed in the same boarding school so they still get to see each other. While they are away in this school the President is assassinated, which leaves they population police official in charge of the country. Mattias, Percy, and Alia still do not know about this when they population police show up at their school in the middle of the night recruiting them for they population police, to "bring honor to their country". The whole school is thrown into big vehicles that look more like they are more for transporting animals than humans, but somehow, Mattias Percy and Alia gets placed next to each other. It is a long drive so they are all thinking about ways to escape. Mattias somehow pulls a nail out of the vehicles wooden wall and begins to let Percy scratch the seatbelt to free himself. While he is doing that Mattias gets frustrated and yanks his body forward, which breaks the belt. He tells the others to do the same but their belts will not come undone. Of course, Mattias will not leave without his friends so he waited as they scratch themselves to freedom. They are trying to escape as fast as they can but it is starting to get light outside and they are getting closer and closer to the Population Police headquarters. Mattias gets really worried, takes the nail and jams it into the tire. The tire goes flat and the driver loses control, everything stops, Mattias looks around, they have crashed into a tree. Percy is okay put Alia is unconscious and has a large branch on her head. Mattias and Percy rush to get her out from under the tree and escape. They are walking around a forest as Mattias carries Alia. She sputters out a few couple of words here and there when later she finally wakes up, she is very confused and her head hurts, they explain everything that happened and she drifts back into sleep. Percy goes off looking for a place to sleep and find food when suddenly, they hear gun shots. They duck and luckily it is not them that the population police are looking for, instead, it is the rebels (a group that fights against the Population Police) who are hiding in a shed right in front of them. The battle goes on for a while when suddenly the gun shots stop. Matthias and Percy call out for eachother in bird call, when Matthias finds Percy he sees he has been shot in the leg. Matthias attempts to pull Alia and Percy up to the shed the rebels were hiding in. He finds food and cots in a secret room. After a few days Matthias decides to go back to Mr. Hendricks house, which he remembers is to the east, so he can get to his house by the sun position. After running east all day, he comes asking a house. It is Mr. Hendricks house. A beautiful woman opens the door, luckily she is a doctor and can help Matthias's friends. A couple of days later they head back to the shed and no one is there. Matthias knows that he left then right there, in the secret room, but they are nowhere in sight. They step outside to look for them and Matthias notices eyes glowing from a tree across the road. He begins to ask question like "Do you know where my friends are?" and and the eyes move up and down on a yes motion. He continues to ask questions and move closer when suddenly, the person in the tree seems to be telling him to stop and go away. Suddenly population police officers come up the road. Gunshots ring in Matthias's ears, two population police officer get shots but one remains. It seems there are many other people in the trees shooting. Does Matthias make it out alive? What happens to Percy and Alia? These are some of the questions you may ask yourself while reading this amazing book. I highly suggest reading this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zahoonation

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The awesomeness of this series seems to have no end! Everything is on point, everything is perfectly wrote, perfectly thought out, perfectly arranged to just let you dive deep in your imagination, living in the characters world, feeling what they feel, being happy when they are, feeling pain when they hurt, thinking the way they do, fearing the things they fear, and working with them, fighting with them for their freedom.  This book is so true, so real, featuring grief, lies, pain, trust, and hold The awesomeness of this series seems to have no end! Everything is on point, everything is perfectly wrote, perfectly thought out, perfectly arranged to just let you dive deep in your imagination, living in the characters world, feeling what they feel, being happy when they are, feeling pain when they hurt, thinking the way they do, fearing the things they fear, and working with them, fighting with them for their freedom.  This book is so true, so real, featuring grief, lies, pain, trust, and holding into hope in the hardest times, Mathias is a lovable character, with his honesty and goodheart, no one can resist pitying him through his journey in this novel, he went through so much, he seen what he never seen before, witnessed his dearest friends Percy and Alia getting hurt, with him having nothing to do to rescue them, he risked his life for them trying to get them help, and then he found himself far away from them, thinking they were dead and blaming himself for everything that happened before that and after it, Mathias's childishness and his kind heart made him think of everything as if it was his fault, he thought that if someone made a mistake or did something meant to be good but ended up with very bad consequences, he thought this person is supposed to be a bad guy, he thought of himself like this, when he tried to help his friends to escape but ended up getting Alia and so much other children hurt or even killed, he thought that made him a bad person, he thought he should be punished, but that was all proof that he had a kind heart and pure soul. Mathias went through hard times at population police headquarters, he was placed in a place nearly all the population police soldiers dream of reaching, he was so close to the commander, one of the highest leaders of the population police that not any officer or soldier gets to see, despite that, Mathias didn't ever give up to his enemy, he worked he tired himself to gather information to destroy the population police's plans, and he did succeed with the help of his friends, Nina, Lee, Trey, and the other resistance members who edited his plan and made it able to be done, they planned everything and then switched quickly to action, they did what they were aiming to do, they destroyed the dream of the population police "project Authnticity" by bombing the building that has all the IDs the POPPO collected without destroying the food that was in the same place, and to hide the fact that they really lost something in the bombing, the POPPO managed to make Mathias and his team look like heros who saved the food of the people, and make Mathias a hero for the second time, the first was saving Tiddy's life, and the second is saving the building's guard and the commander, and great enough, Mathias managed to run away with Mike (Nedley) and then they went safely to Mr.Hendricks house, where Mathias found out that Alia Percy and Mrs.Talbot were still alive.. Mathias didn't stop by that, he missed his friends so much that he wanted to stay with them and never leave them again, but when he thought about it, he knew he needed to go back to headquarters, and continue his fight alongside his friends and fellows, he promised Mr.Talbot and Mike to help them in their fight for freedom, the fight that will hopefully get shadow children their rights, let people live normally, and let him go back to Percy and Alia, so that they continue their lives together but with no fears, no hiding, just as children should live their lives..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I enjoyed the book! I am amazed by how a person determined to save their friends can really make a difference in people’s lives. Jumping into danger just to protect one’s loved ones. There are no black or white. Nothing’s 100% right nor is 100% wrong. There is always a gray area with life. We can do something with good intentions and the result may hurt somebody. It is up to us to own those mistakes. I really enjoyed the book, watching a character deciding his own fate and protecting the ones he I enjoyed the book! I am amazed by how a person determined to save their friends can really make a difference in people’s lives. Jumping into danger just to protect one’s loved ones. There are no black or white. Nothing’s 100% right nor is 100% wrong. There is always a gray area with life. We can do something with good intentions and the result may hurt somebody. It is up to us to own those mistakes. I really enjoyed the book, watching a character deciding his own fate and protecting the ones he loves. I especially liked the way the book showed that a person can be so good to one person and horrible to others. It showed us that we need to steer clear of those people. Spoilers ahead: This book opened up with Matthias, a third child, waking up to the population police gathering the children. They were taken away on a truck. Matthias tried to save his two friends and himself by sawing away their seat belts. But after a long night of sawing the seat belt, he saw the ”work camp” and panicked. He threw the nail into the tire and it caused the tire to explode and the truck crashed. A tree fell on them. Matthias managed to drag Alia away from the truck and ran away with Percy. They ran for as long as they could and decided on seeking out Mr. Hendriks for help. They stumbled into a battle between the police and the rebels. Percy was shot and Matthias found him after the police left. Matthias now has two people unconscious and he managed to drag them into the cabin. He found the hidden trapdoor and hid his friends there. He tried looking for medical supplies but when he realized he couldn't, he knew he had to leave his friends. He went out to find Mr. Hendricks and his journey took him all day and most of the night. When he stumbled upon his steps, he couldn't speak and fell into a deep sleep. He woke up to Mr. Talbot and others. Matthias screamed for them to go back and save his friends. So Mrs. Talbot and Matthias went back but only to discover his friends missing. When Matthias got out of the cabin, he stumbled upon four police officers, and, once again, he fell into a battle between the rebels and the police. Afraid he might betray Mrs. Talbot if he ran back in the cabin, he dived into the car and took the officer away from the gunfight. The officer, Tiddy, thanked him for saving his life and brought him to the commander. Matthias met Nina and Nina asked him to spy on the commander since he got so close. Tiddy died due to poison on the ID he confiscated. The commander, grieving, took Matthias under his wing and placed his room to be next to the commander's office. Matthias continued spying for the rebels and discovered their plan. He managed to warn the plan to Nina and they developed a plan to destroy the IDs. They managed to escape the headquarter and got people to get the food away from a warehouse and then they destroyed the warehouse with the IDs inside. They escaped and Matthias is reunited with Alia and Percy! Mike had to go back to the headquarter to continue his work. Matthias chose to stay behind and stay with his friends but he promised to go to the headquarters when they need him again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Small thoughts: Not as suspenseful as the previous novel, but the plot is just as good. One of the most important aspects of this novel, to me, were the themes and how it questions morality. If your best friend were hurt and other innocent children are also hurt, would you risk everything for the innocent children, or help your friend instead? Literally, I'm dying over the fact that Margaret Peterson Haddix's themes are so amazingly developed and make you think. Interesting Quotations: (view spoile Small thoughts: Not as suspenseful as the previous novel, but the plot is just as good. One of the most important aspects of this novel, to me, were the themes and how it questions morality. If your best friend were hurt and other innocent children are also hurt, would you risk everything for the innocent children, or help your friend instead? Literally, I'm dying over the fact that Margaret Peterson Haddix's themes are so amazingly developed and make you think. Interesting Quotations: (view spoiler)[ "So what? Matthias thought. I tried to do good and ended up killing people. How am I any less evil than the Population Police?" (Haddix 117). "But the Population Police did their evil deeds deliberately. The commander knew that people were dying, and he didn't care.../But those are mistakes I can fix...I can stop this evil" (Haddix 123). "Matthias was choosing to side with starving people dying on the street. / And God. And goodness. And mercy. And hope" (Haddix 137). "I didn't want anyone to die. But what if the commander's death had meant that a lot of other people got to live?...How could he have been so nice to me and so cruel in his job?" (Haddix 199). "'I don't know what your life was like before Tiddy brought you to the Population Polic headquarters,' Mike said softly. 'But after Tiddy died, after the commander decided you were his surrogate son in Tiddy's place, you had it made. You could have asked the commander for anything, and he would have given it to you. Most people in a situation like that would have eaten it up—all the gourmet food, all the luxuries the commander would provide. They would have done everything in their power to keep that cozy life. 'But you didn't,' Mike went on... 'You walked away from all of that to do what you thought was right. You even risked your life to save a man everyone else had forgotten about...'" (Haddix 202). (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    Texas State Poder

    Matthias is a illegal third child,he is illegal because there was not much food around the world and you could only have two children,the population police are looking for third children kids and take them to the population jail.Matthias has two friends,Percy and Nina and they one day the population police catch them and they start shooting each other and Percy and Nina get injured.But Matthias finds a random room inside the ground and they have food in there so he brings in his injured friends Matthias is a illegal third child,he is illegal because there was not much food around the world and you could only have two children,the population police are looking for third children kids and take them to the population jail.Matthias has two friends,Percy and Nina and they one day the population police catch them and they start shooting each other and Percy and Nina get injured.But Matthias finds a random room inside the ground and they have food in there so he brings in his injured friends and he takes care of them but one day Matthias decides he has to go out for a day and leave them by them selves so he can get medicine and cure them and may bring some food.So he leaves them and meets some people on the way there and gets someone to help him get food and survive and Matthias will help him too.But when they come back to the hidden room Percy and Nina were gone!he goes around to find them but didn't he mysteriously finds a man in the trees and there was a population police shooting the person in the trees but the person in the trees shoots back the person in the tree nearly kills the population police but Matthias saved his life and the population police asks him what was he doing in the middle of no where.(Matthias was on his way to join the population police because they are the only people who can have good food like fruit,meat,and bread so he is going to join so he can get good food)Matthias had no other responds except the truths so it just came out of his mouth and the police didn't question him because he saved his life,he also mentioned his name which was Tiddwell but they called him Tiddy,so the police takes him to the headquarters to apply and get trained he knew he had to get out and leave.but Matthias felt a respect for him.Will Matthias find his friends?Will Matthias tell Tiddy the truth or lie and run away?How will it end hiding or fight?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Pieck

    I read the first five books in this compelling series quite some time ago, and I read those books in Braille. I tried to find Braille versions of the last two books in the set, but I was unsuccessful. So I was delighted when I searched the Library of Congress catalogue of audio books available for loan to blind or physically handicapped patrons and discovered they were available for download. I wanted to plunge right in and devour them, but I was deep in another series. If I read two books simult I read the first five books in this compelling series quite some time ago, and I read those books in Braille. I tried to find Braille versions of the last two books in the set, but I was unsuccessful. So I was delighted when I searched the Library of Congress catalogue of audio books available for loan to blind or physically handicapped patrons and discovered they were available for download. I wanted to plunge right in and devour them, but I was deep in another series. If I read two books simultaneously, one is usually Braille and the other is audio. Call me a purist, but I don't want to mix multiple audio books. So I waited. The wait was worth it. "Among the Enemy" picks up the story of Matthias, a boy who has spent his life on the streets in a future society where families are only allowed to have two children. As a third child, Matthias was abandoned as a baby and raised by Samuel, an old man who took in children and did what he could for them. Matthias now finds himself on the run again after his boarding school is raided by the Population Police. Seeking escape for himself and two younger friends, he sets of a series of events that soon spirals far beyond his control. Alternately running, hiding, and trying to figure out whom he can trust, Matthias eventually finds himself at the headquarters of the hated Population Police, as a new recruit. This book is the rare story that captures in words the dizzying exhilaration and seemingly bottomless grief that are natural parts of loving and being loved. It offers a glimpse into one boy's difficult passage along the road from childhood to young adulthood. As in past entries in this series, the author compassionately reveals characters deeply wounded by their pasts who decide to take risks, trusting themselves or others even when they have few or no good examples of that trust being rewarded.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Among the enemy is the seventh book in the Among the hidden book series by Margaret Haddix is a science fiction novel. In a world where the world is coming to a food shortage and overpopulation. The government sets up a population police to control the population. Families only to have two children. With that being said, the main protagonist Matthias, is an illegal third child. While Matthias is caught between a fight with the rebels and the population police he is forced to blend in with the en Among the enemy is the seventh book in the Among the hidden book series by Margaret Haddix is a science fiction novel. In a world where the world is coming to a food shortage and overpopulation. The government sets up a population police to control the population. Families only to have two children. With that being said, the main protagonist Matthias, is an illegal third child. While Matthias is caught between a fight with the rebels and the population police he is forced to blend in with the enemy. In my opinion the overall theme of the book suggest trust and courage. I say this because towards the beginning of the book, the population police rounds up all people without identification papers. Matthias manages to escape and tries to free other prisoners as soon as possible. He also carries Alia, one on the main characters, to safe throughout the fight between the rebels and population police. Matthias could of ran off alone and saved himself, but choice save others.Among the hidden series is kind of similar to the hunger games series. But was also released before. I liked the overall idea of a shady government trying to do something evil and the people know something is terribly wrong, I liked the part where one of the commanders from the population police, libby, becomes Mathias's friend but dies. Throughout the book he comes back and the reaction is neat. Also like how all of the other books are similar or maybe they’re connected. I’ve read the first book and the only similarity I have with it is the sketchy government. Overall I think the idea of the protagonist blending in with the enemy is cool.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leo

    *MINOR SPOILERS HERE, BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE IT COMING ANYWAY* Okay, I'm tired of this series. It's gone on too long, there's barely any progress in any of the books, and every time Percy, Matthias, or Aliah says "it's all GOD's plan", I cringe because of how forced it sounds. Thank goodness there's only one more book to go because if this went any longer, I would cry. This story has many problems. First of all, every one of the six books goes nowhere. First book? It takes 200 pages for some kid *MINOR SPOILERS HERE, BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE IT COMING ANYWAY* Okay, I'm tired of this series. It's gone on too long, there's barely any progress in any of the books, and every time Percy, Matthias, or Aliah says "it's all GOD's plan", I cringe because of how forced it sounds. Thank goodness there's only one more book to go because if this went any longer, I would cry. This story has many problems. First of all, every one of the six books goes nowhere. First book? It takes 200 pages for some kid to leave his home. Second book? It takes 300 pages for that kid to find out the truth about the boarding school he's in. Third book? The series switches to a totally NEW character that we've never HEARD ABOUT before and goes on some plot line that was barely even related to the overall conflict. I'm sorry, that's 250 pages of my life I'll never get back. Fourth book? Some rich people get crushed by a chandelier. Fifth book? We finally get some progress when we discover this rebellion going on and the underground espionage spying on the evil police guys, and finally, in this book, we find out the evil police guys aren't even evil. They're just misguided, which brings me to my second complaint: This book had one major issue with the plot. Okay, this is probably getting confusing, so let me back up a bit. There's a world where third children are outlawed because of a food shortage. There's these police who call themselves the Population Police, (what an original name), and kill any third children they find. However, there are many third children in hiding, and also rebels who try to stop this "evil". (Notice how I quote "evil" because they really aren't. For the last time, they're just misguided.) Anyway, in the fifth book, we find out the government IS the Population Police, so I guess you could say the third children are kind of screwed right now. Margaret Peterson Haddix probably wants to take things up a notch, but I still don't feel any suspense. I'll get to that later. The government is the Population Police, so they're being all cruel with their methods of running the country and stuff. Also in the fifth book, (it's like everything important happens in that book), one of these third children stumble upon a list of third children with fake identities by CHANCE. Seriously, talk about lucky. Now in the sixth book, everything apparently comes to a climax, but I really don't see anything that hints that other than the rebellion is attacking the Population Police and stuff. (Spoiler alert: it's only mentioned several times so... should I really be excited about this?) One of the things I hate about this story is that we switch to yet ANOTHER character. In the first two books, it was Luke Garner. Then some stranger named Nina. Then some stranger name Trey. Now some stranger named Matthias who was only mentioned I think... three books ago? I wouldn't really mind all the character-switching, but the issue is how they all sound the same. All of them start off scared, and then they do some heroic achievement and go all "Hey, that wasn't so bad! It looks like I really can be brave!" *Groan* Wow...I really got off track there. Here's the big flaw in this book, now that I'm done ranting about all the other minor flaws in the series. The big flaw in this book, (actually, in the entire series), is how we're supposed to believe that the rebels are the protagonists and the Population Police is the antagonist. How?!!! They all do the same things! If I remember correctly, it said in the first book that the reason the Population Police was actually formed was because of food shortages! There was actually a good reason to it, and as far as I can tell, the food shortages are still going on! So rebels, stop talking about how third children deserve to live and have their rights and all that stuff, it's not like those third children parents had sex by accident. And besides, if I recall correctly, it also said in the first book that they had the technology to stop this kind of stuff from happening. So technically these rebels are actually the cause of the famines and thus the cause of the creation of the Population Police? Yes, this really makes you think twice who the good guys really are. If you compare them, the Population Police... 1.) Kill third borns and rebels 2.) Makes sure there's no food shortage While the rebels are... 1.) Kill Population Police and 2.) Create third children, even when they know it's going to starve a whole bunch of other people So...who's worse? And now in the penultimate book, Haddix brings something so absurd I nearly threw this book across the room. We discover that the Population Police has been hoarding food, but WT*?!!! I say for the last time - They're just misguided, not evil. Even the rebels admit that they're just misguided, not evil. So why the sudden "let's horde food! *evil laugh*?! It's almost like Haddix is forcing us to this the Population Police is evil. Hey, you rebels can just stop breaking the rules and causing your third children to suffer anyway. Let's have some common sense here. This series was ruined for me because I realized that both sides are evil/good. There's really nothing else to it, this is like that TV show I used to watch as a kid where the logger tries to cut down trees, (TO MAKE A LIVING), but the animals try to stop him because it's their habitat. Who really is the antagonist here? Both have their own reasons for their actions. Same thing here, but worse because I had to read six books instead of one episode. Final complaint - there's no suspense or progress at all. Every time we see some conflict, some climax, and then a happy ending. But this series is almost like a TV show, where there's still one big plot but only the small plots get resolved. No, this isn't good, because I WANT TO SEE AN ENDING. PLEASE, HADDIX. YOU COULD'VE JUST MADE THIS ONE BOOK. I'll finish the final book and then this series is DONE. Edit: WAIT... THE BLURB SAYS IN THE SEVENTH BOOK THE REBELS ALREADY DEFEATED THE POPULATION POLICE!!! IT SAYS THERE'S A HUGE TIME GAP BETWEEN THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH BOOK. WHAT?!!! I WANTED TO SEE THE ENDING!!! MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX, I AM NOT READING ANY MORE OF YOUR BOOKS!!! OUTRAGEOUS. HORRIBLE.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vy Vo

    " These are innocent children. What you're doing is a sin and an abomination." Through the story, Margaret Peterson Haddix tells a story about Matthias. He lives in a school called Niedler School with his two friends Percy and Alia. One day the population police takes Percy,Alia, and Matthias to work for the police. The three escape from them and then Matthias accidentally helps rescue a police officer and ends up in the enemy headquarters. He meets his friend Nina and helps her by spying the co " These are innocent children. What you're doing is a sin and an abomination." Through the story, Margaret Peterson Haddix tells a story about Matthias. He lives in a school called Niedler School with his two friends Percy and Alia. One day the population police takes Percy,Alia, and Matthias to work for the police. The three escape from them and then Matthias accidentally helps rescue a police officer and ends up in the enemy headquarters. He meets his friend Nina and helps her by spying the commander talking about finding the fake i.d. and the illegal third children. Haddix then takes us on a roller coaster of a ride as she twists and turns the plot, keeping us in suspense and eagerly waiting for more. I liked how Haddix wrote the plot of the story because it was very suspenseful. Each paragraph kept me on the edge on my chair yearning to flip to the next page. I would highly recommend this to people who enjoy suspense,science fiction, or middle schoolers because they could read and understand the plot of the story and to relate to it. Haddix did an excellent job with her diction and word choice because it was easy enough to read and understand.

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