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"Everything that had happened to Nina was real. She had real handcuffs on her wrists, real scars on her back, real fear flooding her mind. "'They're going to kill me,' Nina whispered, and it was almost a relief to finally, finally give up hope." In a society that allows no more than two children per family under penalty of death, third children are forced into hiding, or "Everything that had happened to Nina was real. She had real handcuffs on her wrists, real scars on her back, real fear flooding her mind. "'They're going to kill me,' Nina whispered, and it was almost a relief to finally, finally give up hope." In a society that allows no more than two children per family under penalty of death, third children are forced into hiding, or to live with false identity papers. In Among the Impostors, Nina Idi was arrested for treason for supposedly trying to trick the Population Police into arresting other students she said were illegal third children. Now she faces torture or death -- unless she agrees to betray three other imprisoned third children. Her dilemma intensifies when she meets the prisoners -- who are only ten, nine, and six. As she did so brilliantly in the Publishers Weekly best-selling Among the Hidden and in Among the Impostors, Margaret Peterson Haddix once again brings readers to a world in which nothing is as it seems -- a world in which an imprisonment leads to an adventure of mind, body, and spirit.


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"Everything that had happened to Nina was real. She had real handcuffs on her wrists, real scars on her back, real fear flooding her mind. "'They're going to kill me,' Nina whispered, and it was almost a relief to finally, finally give up hope." In a society that allows no more than two children per family under penalty of death, third children are forced into hiding, or "Everything that had happened to Nina was real. She had real handcuffs on her wrists, real scars on her back, real fear flooding her mind. "'They're going to kill me,' Nina whispered, and it was almost a relief to finally, finally give up hope." In a society that allows no more than two children per family under penalty of death, third children are forced into hiding, or to live with false identity papers. In Among the Impostors, Nina Idi was arrested for treason for supposedly trying to trick the Population Police into arresting other students she said were illegal third children. Now she faces torture or death -- unless she agrees to betray three other imprisoned third children. Her dilemma intensifies when she meets the prisoners -- who are only ten, nine, and six. As she did so brilliantly in the Publishers Weekly best-selling Among the Hidden and in Among the Impostors, Margaret Peterson Haddix once again brings readers to a world in which nothing is as it seems -- a world in which an imprisonment leads to an adventure of mind, body, and spirit.

30 review for Among the Betrayed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3.5* She's kinda dumb... and she's gonna be relevant for the rest of the series. I have a prediction for Nina. There was the whole Jason reveal at the end with Luke and the adults. I'm guessing she going to be a thorn in Luke's side later on. She gonna screw them over because she's stupid. There are enough hints in this where I could see her becoming a betrayer. I mean she went back and forth on doing the right thing so many times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hailee Gorges

    "Among the Betrayed" is the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this book. This book is about a young girl named Nina. The population police found her useful and used her to betray other third children. In her holding cell she meets three other children, Alia, Percy, and Matthias. While in the cell she tries to find information about them, but they do not tell her anything. One day while The Hating Man was questioning her a guard was found poisoned. Nina finds the poisoned guard's keys an "Among the Betrayed" is the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this book. This book is about a young girl named Nina. The population police found her useful and used her to betray other third children. In her holding cell she meets three other children, Alia, Percy, and Matthias. While in the cell she tries to find information about them, but they do not tell her anything. One day while The Hating Man was questioning her a guard was found poisoned. Nina finds the poisoned guard's keys and escapes with Alia, Percy, and Matthias. They make their way to Harlow's School for boys and began to look for Lee Grant. To find food the four children took food from a garden behind the school. One day Lee finds Nina stealing food and takes her to Mr. Harlow. Nina soon finds out that this whole thing was a set up to see if she was trustworthy or not. Now she, Lee, Mr. Talbot, and the other three children are working to overthrow the population police. The main characters are Nina, Percy, Matthias, and Alia. Nina is a young girl who makes the population police believe she is helping them. Nina grows up a lot as the book goes on. Percy is a nine year old boy who is very smart. He looks up to Matthias and also helps take care of Alia. Matthias is the oldest of the three children. He will do anything to protect them. Alia is six and is very smart for her age. She trusts Nina the most out of the three children. The setting of the story starts off in a holding cell in the population police prison. The holding cell is very cold, damp, and dirty. The setting then moves to the forest where the four children hide out after escaping from the prison. The time period of the book is not mentioned, but I would guess it takes place in the future sometime. The theme of this story is survival. The four children have to do all they can to survive. They have to try and find food and shelter in the woods to stay alive. They do all they can to not get caught by the population police again. I would recommend this book to anyone who is already reading this series, or anyone who is in middle school and beyond. This book has great imagery and a great plot that keeps you interested.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    I'm short on time again today, so, this will be quick: This was another exciting entry in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you. This book told the story from a different person's point of view, but still a shadow child. I liked the switch up, and the ending was amazing. These are short and easy to read books with a scary kind of plot. I'm excited to see how it progresses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    Among the Betrayed The main character is Nina, and she is the third born child in her family. Nina is illegal, because she is the third born of her family, and third born children are illegal, because it is hard times where she lives. Nina used to live with her aunt’s, but she got caught. For third born children to try and not get caught, people make fake ID’s for them to try and help them. The book is about a girl, (Nina), who gets caught being an illegal, and she is then thrown in prison. The Among the Betrayed The main character is Nina, and she is the third born child in her family. Nina is illegal, because she is the third born of her family, and third born children are illegal, because it is hard times where she lives. Nina used to live with her aunt’s, but she got caught. For third born children to try and not get caught, people make fake ID’s for them to try and help them. The book is about a girl, (Nina), who gets caught being an illegal, and she is then thrown in prison. The guards start to ask her questions about her old life, and what she used to do, and where she got the fake ID from. Guards come into Nina’s cell with a recorder, and they play it back to her, and it is Jason, her friend, blaming Nina for everything. Then the guards take her to a different room and make a deal with her. If Nina helps them, then they might not kill her. Then, Nina gets put into a cell with three other children. The Population Police put her in there to try and see if she can get them to confess to who gave them the fake IDs. They don’t, and the guards tell her she has one more day and if she fails, the Population Police will kill her. So they escape, and come to find out, it was all a trick. It was all fake, the guards, and the three children. It was all a test for Nina. In the beginning, the story takes place in a prison, where the Population Police hold the third born children. The cell that holds Nina and the three other children, (Percy, Alia, and Matthias), is like a dungeon. It is all wet, and cold, and nasty, and they only get food once in a great while. When the children do get food, it is moldy and hard. Then Nina gets the keys, and all four of them escape, and go into the woods. They all start to head to Nina’s old school to find her friend. She finds her friend at her old school, but she gets caught by some boys, for stealing from their garden, and they take her to the owner. And then, that’s when they tell her it was all a test. I would rate this book at four stars. This is a great book for someone who likes action, and mystery novels. The theme of this book would be that you can’t trust everybody, or be careful who/ what you believe. Also, things may not be as they seem.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trishna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Awesome book. I loved it. Its about this girl who has to decide whether or not to betray these three young kids. She makes the choice to help them and is on a long journey, with these really smart kids, to find a safe home to stay, in the shadows hidden from the rest of the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaimani

    this book is good because Nina is another shadow child and is actually with luke from the first book and luke doesn't know that she is a like him but she doesn't know if she should luke but IDK if she knows likes real name isn't lee grant luke is trying to say to say he can help her. this book is good because I like the series of the among the shadow children and all of these books mostly have action and its interesting

  8. 4 out of 5

    Khloe

    IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lars Guthrie

    Third in 'The Shadow Children Sequence,' and perhaps the most fascinating so far, with its edgy examination of trust and perception. 'Among the Betrayed' shifts focus and the protagonist of the first two books in Haddix's seven-volume series becomes a minor player. A peripheral character in 'Among the Impostors,' Nina, takes center stage. Readers of the first two books, and it definitely is a plus to have read these first, will themselves not be sure whether to trust Nina. Nina, held and questio Third in 'The Shadow Children Sequence,' and perhaps the most fascinating so far, with its edgy examination of trust and perception. 'Among the Betrayed' shifts focus and the protagonist of the first two books in Haddix's seven-volume series becomes a minor player. A peripheral character in 'Among the Impostors,' Nina, takes center stage. Readers of the first two books, and it definitely is a plus to have read these first, will themselves not be sure whether to trust Nina. Nina, held and questioned by the Population Police in a not-too-faraway America ruled by an authoritarian government, isn't sure whether she trusts herself. The allies she makes, and even her imprisoners (in a nice plot twist), turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be at first. Haddix is unflinching as she looks at a bleak future that is all too possible. The bleakness is leavened by the resiliency and hope of her young (and well-drawn) characters. Lots to think about and discuss for young readers in short books that are easy to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raegan Ralls

    I loved this book! At the beginning I felt it was a little boring and could of had more detail, but I loved the twist ending so much it definitely deserves 4 stars! This book had lots of action and included a lot of twist and turns I did not see coming. It just goes to show you, trust no other man alive!!!! At first I thought it would be a bad book because it was in Ninas point of view but I was completely wrong! If anything it made the book better. Plus this is my favorite cover for this series- I loved this book! At the beginning I felt it was a little boring and could of had more detail, but I loved the twist ending so much it definitely deserves 4 stars! This book had lots of action and included a lot of twist and turns I did not see coming. It just goes to show you, trust no other man alive!!!! At first I thought it would be a bad book because it was in Ninas point of view but I was completely wrong! If anything it made the book better. Plus this is my favorite cover for this series-very cool! A great addition to the Shadow Children series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I thought that this book was pretty good. The plot had a lot of action to it and it was very detailed throughout the book. I was able to follow what was going on with the characters pretty easily. I also thought that the variety of the characters was also very good. The ability to know what the main character was going through, both internally and externally, allowed for me to get more involved in the reading of the book. Plot Nina is very confused on what has happened to her. S Personal Response I thought that this book was pretty good. The plot had a lot of action to it and it was very detailed throughout the book. I was able to follow what was going on with the characters pretty easily. I also thought that the variety of the characters was also very good. The ability to know what the main character was going through, both internally and externally, allowed for me to get more involved in the reading of the book. Plot Nina is very confused on what has happened to her. She has been arrested by the Population Police and is now sitting in a jail cell. Nina is immediately worried that they somehow found out her true identity and she will now be punished for it. Nina is an illegal third child and has been living a false life at a school for girls. She has been hidden in the school by her family under a false identity for most of her life. Nina is interrogated by the warden and learns that she is not in jail for being a third child but, she is in jail for treason. Nina was betrayed by a boy she thought she loved. Nina agrees to make a deal with the Population Police in order to have her life spared. She must infiltrate a group of third children also being held in the prison and get them to confess their real identities. Nina feels guilty to attempt to betray her own kind but she agrees anyway. She slowly tries to gain the trust of the other children when fate decides to throw her a bone. She is able to procure a set of keys and decides to help the other children in an escape. The other children agree to trust her and they soon use their skills to escape the prison. Nina is on the run with the others for quite some time before the find a place to settle down. Nina and the kids steal food from the garden of a neighboring boys school until Nina is caught. Nina escapes but is tracked by the people who caught her. Nina tries to save the other kids when it is revealed that it was a trick the whole time. The Population Police who arrested her are secret supporters of the opposition movement for third children. The whole thing was a test to see if Nina would join her and she passed. Characterization Nina questions her own character quite frequently throughout the book. The thought of betraying other third children like her slowly starts to eat away at her mentally. The battle between her betraying of the others and her will to stay alive is very apparent in the book. Her whole life has been based on a lie and the reader can tell that she just wants to be her true self at times throughout the book. Impact of Setting The book takes place in a very oppressive country. The law against third children creates a feeling of suspense throughout the reading of the book. When Nina is in the prison the reader is very easily able to feel the terror and depression that Nina feels. The prison also adds an aspect of survival to the book. When Nina and the others are on the run the same feeling of survival is also felt throughout the book. Thematic Connection I think that the theme throughout the book is the battle between right and wrong. Nina wants to betray the others to survive even though she knows it is the wrong thing to do. She is constantly faced with the dilemma of how she can survive without hurting the ones around her. Sometimes the wrong thing seems to be her savior, but she knows that if she goes with that decision it will stay with her for the rest of her life. Rating/Recommendation I think that this book was just shy of five stars. The one thing that might have gotten it that extra star would be the introduction of more information on the other kids. There is some information on the others but it didn't feel like I could really understand who they were. The book is great for readers who like adventure themed books. I also think that the book is great for both genders because it has a female main character, but it also has a lot of action. I would say that this book is great for people in late middle school and up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaleb

    I thought the book Among the Betrayed was very good. It was interesting and kept you wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book because it was intense, entertaining, easy to comprehend, and the end had a twist on it that made the book good. The plot of the book is that there are these “third children” in this country that only allows you to have two kids because there is not enough food, this book is about this girl name Nina. Nina goes to this special school where there are a lot of third child I thought the book Among the Betrayed was very good. It was interesting and kept you wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book because it was intense, entertaining, easy to comprehend, and the end had a twist on it that made the book good. The plot of the book is that there are these “third children” in this country that only allows you to have two kids because there is not enough food, this book is about this girl name Nina. Nina goes to this special school where there are a lot of third children. She goes to the girls only school but ends up meeting some people from the boys only school. Nina ends up falling for a guy named Jason. Jason has a plan to work with the people who take care of third children, they are called the population police. Jason was going to turn in some third children and get an award hoping that him and Nina would be protected because the police would think they are third children if they turned some others in. That plan didn't work. They both went to prison and this man pretended to be a population police person but was really a good guy who faked all of it to see if Nina could prove whether or not she was on their side. He made Nina try to betray these other third children to see if she was trustworthy or not. He made this huge plans full of test to see whether she was good or not. In the end she passed the test and he told her it was all an act and now Nina has joined them to rebel against the true population police. The main character in the book was Nina. In the beginning of the book she was pretty pathetic. She did not know a lot and she was childish in a way that she couldn't take care of herself. Throughout the book with the help of others she becomes stronger and more independent. She turns out to be almost like an adult and she is ready to take on more responsibility. Some of the people that helped her were Percy, Mathias, and Alia. They were very smart group of kids and they were very good actors. They were almost like secret agents at such a young age. Through out the book they work with Nina and try to get her to prove herself and they finally get her too. Percy, Mathias, and Alia were very impactful on the book. This book takes place at first in between two schools. One school for boys and the other a school for girls. In between these two schools is a forest were a bunch of the kids from different schools would secretly meet up. Thats where Nina met Jason. After Jason, Nina, and some other kids get “caught” the book takes place at the population police prison. There were a bunch of really cold and dirty cells that people were put in and they barely got any food or water. The places that the officers would relax at though were very luxurious and nice. Finally the book finishes back in the woods which is where Nina proves herself and everything is explained to her. I would recommend this book to most people for sure. I really enjoyed it and the twist at the end makes it even better. I would say the book should mainly be read by middle school to high school level. I think the book would be enjoyed by any gender and from ages 14-18 would be the best. I wouldn't recommend this book to people older because it would not be very challenging for them at all.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Dehler

    I decided to read “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Peterson Haddix because I read her first two books in the shadow child sequence and I loved them. “Among the Betrayed was an attention-grabbing book. I kept wanting to read more. The main character is this book is Nina. Nina is a shadow child with a fake identity. She used to live with her aunt until she moved to the school for girls. Nina has a friend named Jason who also is a shadow child with a fake identity who went to the school for boys. T I decided to read “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Peterson Haddix because I read her first two books in the shadow child sequence and I loved them. “Among the Betrayed was an attention-grabbing book. I kept wanting to read more. The main character is this book is Nina. Nina is a shadow child with a fake identity. She used to live with her aunt until she moved to the school for girls. Nina has a friend named Jason who also is a shadow child with a fake identity who went to the school for boys. They met in the woods between their schools. Jason and Nina were caught trying to send in illegal third children for a reward. Three other characters are the three children Nina is supposed to betray. The children’s names are Percy, Matthias, and Alia. Percy is nine, Matthias is ten, and Alia is six. The background behind the first two books in the sequence is that families are only allowed to have two children because of the shortage of food. Many families disobeyed this law and had more than two children. At the start of “Among the Betrayed” the book takes place at the Population Police Prison when Nina wakes up in a prison cell. The book takes place in the future but the specific time period was never stated in the book. Nina thinks it is all a dream. Then she gets called to a conference room that is very luxurious. The man talking to her tells her that her friend Jason had betrayed her and told them that everything was her idea. She then finds out that they killed Jason. Nina gets moved to a cell with Alia, Matthias, and Percy. The population police tell Nina that she has a certain amount of time to figure out the real names of the three children. One day the four of them escape when a prison guard gets poisoned. They go to Nina’s school. Someone at the school turns them in. Nina then finds out that the whole thing was fake and a test to see if Nina was trustworthy. One major theme in this book is trust. Percy, Matthias, and Alia have to be able to trust Nina to tell them their secrets. Another theme would be survival. Nina and the kids have to learn to survive off of little to no food and when they do get food it is moldy or stale. They also have to learn to survive after escaping from the prison when they are out on their own. I would recommend this book to any junior high or high school boy or girl that loves to read action books. This book definitely was filled with action and suspense. I really enjoyed reading this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luke Sands

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I thought this book was good. I liked it mostly because it had a really good story line. I thought it was good, because it usually had some action. Another reason I liked this book was because every character changed so much throughout the book. Plot Among The Betrayed was about a girl, named Elodie, who was a third child. She lived with her aunts at the start. Then she had to leave, and she moved to Harlow School for Girls with the name of Nina Idi. Harlow was a school for third Personal Response I thought this book was good. I liked it mostly because it had a really good story line. I thought it was good, because it usually had some action. Another reason I liked this book was because every character changed so much throughout the book. Plot Among The Betrayed was about a girl, named Elodie, who was a third child. She lived with her aunts at the start. Then she had to leave, and she moved to Harlow School for Girls with the name of Nina Idi. Harlow was a school for third children. While she was there, she met a boy named Jason. Nina really liked Jason, but then he betrayed everyone and turned everyone in. Then Nina got arrested, and she tried to work with the population police. They asked her to try to get three kids to tell her they were all illegal. She never could get herself to betray them. She broke them all out of prison. Then they got to the Hendrick’s School for Boys. Nina got caught stealing food, and she met Mr. Talbot. The kids and Mr. Talbot revealed that it was all just a test to see if she was trustworthy. Characterization The main character, Nina, changed quite a bit throughout the book. Nina went from only worrying about escaping to actually caring about the people helping her. She started thinking about how they will survive. The other kids changed quite a bit also. They started out by just sticking to themselves. Once Nina offered an escape route, they all opened up and started to treat each other like family. Impacts of the setting This book took place during the modern era. It is based mostly in or around a prison. The setting impacted this book by making Nina try to escape from the population police. The setting required Nina to make life or death decisions, like asking if the other kids wanted to leave the prison with her boarding school. Thematic Connection The main theme of this book was a desire to escape. The whole book was about Nina wanting to escape. It started out with her wanting to escape the population police and be free without any worries. Then, it changed to her wanting to physically escape the prison. Recommendation I recommend this book to all high school students because the main character is around the same age, and they would relate the most. Both boys and girls may like this book because the main character is a girl, and it’s part of a series that has boys as main characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Reiber

    Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a science fiction children’s book. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate readers. The book talks about the government controlling the population by only allowing two children per family. If families had any more than two children, they would be executed; so, many families hid the children known as shadow children or exnays. I like how this book was written. The book theme was based on survival. I like how the younger characters k Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a science fiction children’s book. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate readers. The book talks about the government controlling the population by only allowing two children per family. If families had any more than two children, they would be executed; so, many families hid the children known as shadow children or exnays. I like how this book was written. The book theme was based on survival. I like how the younger characters knew to use the sun for direction and time. It was hard to believe that the government would execute innocent children just for being born, but it showed desperate times called for desperate measures. It looked at how people can easily turn their back on others just to protect themselves. It addressed struggles with morals. As the character, Mr. Talbot said, “Nina, we live in complicated times” (p. 152). Right and wrong isn’t always a clear decision and sometimes what is right for one person, isn’t right for another person. I think this is a good book for young readers. The book was full of suspense and detail that could hold a child’s interests. I know I didn’t want to put the book down because I wanted to know what happened next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this young adult series and it made me look for more books by the author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hunter Soerens

    Among the Betrayed Personal Response When I started this book, I thought it was the next book in the series. It actually wasn’t. It was a book that I missed in the series. This book was pretty good. There were sometimes when I lost track of things, but otherwise it was pretty good. I liked this book, because it was actioned packed. Plot Trina woke up from a quick nap in her jail cell. She was dragged out of her school and was brought to the prison. She didn’t know why or how she ended up there. When Among the Betrayed Personal Response When I started this book, I thought it was the next book in the series. It actually wasn’t. It was a book that I missed in the series. This book was pretty good. There were sometimes when I lost track of things, but otherwise it was pretty good. I liked this book, because it was actioned packed. Plot Trina woke up from a quick nap in her jail cell. She was dragged out of her school and was brought to the prison. She didn’t know why or how she ended up there. When a man came in, she was told she and another boy were betraying third children. They were also giving pointers to the population police. She knew she didn’t do it but the mean man, as they called him, didn’t know that she was a third child herself. The hating man gave her a chance to redeem herself. She had to get information from three kids in the prison. She decided to accept the challenge. After two days of living in the jail cell with the other kids, Trina tried to make them talk. They barely talked, and when the hating man got mad at her, she devised a plan to escape. She and the other three kids escaped the prison and ended up in the woods near Hendricks School for boys. One night Trina was stealing food from the garden at the school. She was caught and dragged to Mr. Hendrick’s office, and she escaped in a matter of minutes. She then went back to the kids and told them everything about what had happened. Characterization Trina was a young girl who was a third child in a world where people are only supposed to have two children. She was going to the Harlow school for girls but was taken away and thrown in jail. She later was tested by the Hating Man, who was actually trying to help her. The Hating Man was the head of the prison that Trina was put in, but he was actually a double agent. He would help the third children, since he actually had one himself. The Three kids where there to help out The Hating Man on his test to Trina. They were also there to guide her on her ways. Setting It started out in the prison where Trina and her friends escaped, so they could go to get good food. It then took a long journey through the woods until they got just outside of Hendricks School for boys where Trina got caught by Lee when she stole food. She was taken into Mr. Hendrick’s house where she lived until she moved to a different school. This all helps explain what happened and how rough they had it while on their travels. I also think it takes place in the future, because the characters use more high tech gadgets. Recommendation I recommend this book to any gender. As for age wise I would say 12 and up, there's content that I don’t think children younger than 12 would understand. It’s a really good book has a lot of exciting and scary parts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Now it’s Nina’s turn for her story...after Jason betrayed her, she was handcuffed and arrested. Imprisoned with three small children, Percy, Matthias, and Alia who are only ten, nine, and six, she is faced with a dilemma. The “hating man” who is holding her captive wants to make a deal: if she can get the three children to open up and confess that they are illegal third children, he will let her live. Otherwise, she will be executed. But, can she do it? Can she betray others as she was betrayed Now it’s Nina’s turn for her story...after Jason betrayed her, she was handcuffed and arrested. Imprisoned with three small children, Percy, Matthias, and Alia who are only ten, nine, and six, she is faced with a dilemma. The “hating man” who is holding her captive wants to make a deal: if she can get the three children to open up and confess that they are illegal third children, he will let her live. Otherwise, she will be executed. But, can she do it? Can she betray others as she was betrayed to save her skin? When presented with a means of escape, she is forced to make a decision that will affect all their lives: does she escape on her own, knowing the other three children will die, or does she take them with her and hope for the best? As crucial decisions are made, danger ramps up. Nina meets old acquaintances and meets new people who may or may not factor in her decision. What it all comes down to is this: Do you do what’s right, even if it means hardship or death for yourself, or do you do what is convenient and get to safety? Among the Betrayed gives us more clues in the Shadow Children series, but many questions remain...where does it all go from here?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Haddix switches gears here, telling a story that occurred at the end of Among the Impostors and overlaps it. The main character switches to Nina, leader of the thirds at the girls' school, about whom we know next to nothing. Most of the story occurs in a Population Police Prison. Haddix does a great job of revealing how a situation like a political prison would work, especially when you add intrigue within the prison itself, and the Population Police. There aren't very many characters most of the Haddix switches gears here, telling a story that occurred at the end of Among the Impostors and overlaps it. The main character switches to Nina, leader of the thirds at the girls' school, about whom we know next to nothing. Most of the story occurs in a Population Police Prison. Haddix does a great job of revealing how a situation like a political prison would work, especially when you add intrigue within the prison itself, and the Population Police. There aren't very many characters most of the time, but the author does a good job of making them interact in interesting ways and filling them out into complete people. That's critical in a story where one of the main messages is "people matter" ;)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cara Coppolino

    "Among the Betrayed" is a continuation of "Among the Hidden". The Story is about a shadow child named Nina. She goes to a boarding school, where she discovers other shadow children in hiding too. Nina also meets a boy there named Jason. They fall in love. Everything changed one day when the population police arrested Nina at breakfast. They took her to a prison cell, and interrogated her. Nina found out that they arrested her for "'You and this Jason tried to trick the population police into pa "Among the Betrayed" is a continuation of "Among the Hidden". The Story is about a shadow child named Nina. She goes to a boarding school, where she discovers other shadow children in hiding too. Nina also meets a boy there named Jason. They fall in love. Everything changed one day when the population police arrested Nina at breakfast. They took her to a prison cell, and interrogated her. Nina found out that they arrested her for "'You and this Jason tried to trick the population police into paying you for turning in a bunch of so-called exanys..."" Nina had nothing to do with this, and then it got worse when she found out Jason betrayed her, and turned her in. After that, Nina got offered a bribe. The police said if she got 3 prisoners to admit they were shadow children, she would be set free. Nina had no choice but to agree. I don't want to spoil anything, but the rest of the book is not what you would expect. My favorite part of this book was when Nina talked about her aunties and Grandma. I would recomend this book to people who like solving mysteries, or people who have a big imagination.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Esveydi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think that Among The Betrayed is a good book because it was my type of genre that I like reading. I thought this was good because in the beginning there was this girl named Nina. She was in jail because there was a rule that the society made that you can have two children and when you had more than two children then they would go to jail. This is what happens to her because she was the third child to her family and they could've put her in jail for that but instead she made herself a fake I.D I think that Among The Betrayed is a good book because it was my type of genre that I like reading. I thought this was good because in the beginning there was this girl named Nina. She was in jail because there was a rule that the society made that you can have two children and when you had more than two children then they would go to jail. This is what happens to her because she was the third child to her family and they could've put her in jail for that but instead she made herself a fake I.D which will make her seem that she is an adult. But instead, the boy that she loved betrayed her and turned her into the population police. Nina had not eaten in days or drank anything in days she had to survive that until she talked about if she is a shadow child and where her family is but she didnt want them gone.The population police had three children that also shadow children and the population police want Nina to talk to them about their family. But they won't talk because they think that the population police are listening even though Nina has said that they are not. They still don't respond to the questions she asks. Nina still has not gotten anything from the kids and it's been a few days. After all of those days, she hasn't gotten anything so the population police are setting a timer for 24 hours and if she doesn't have anything then they will end up killing her and the three kids. They decide to escape jail with three kids and when they do Nina goes back to her family and finds out that Jake is not really dead and the population police made up the tape of jake talking about Nina. Afterward, she has changed a lot since she found out that Jason isn't really dead and the population police just wanted her and wanted to kill she changed her name to Jen talbots.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the third installment of the Shadow Children Series, and rather than following our pre-established main character, Luke Garner, we find ourselves following Nina, another Shadow Child, who was turned into the Population Police, but not for being a Shadow Child - for treason that she did not commit. She is then given an ultimatum by the head officer: either get three other suspected Shadow Children to confess their identities, or be executed. This Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the third installment of the Shadow Children Series, and rather than following our pre-established main character, Luke Garner, we find ourselves following Nina, another Shadow Child, who was turned into the Population Police, but not for being a Shadow Child - for treason that she did not commit. She is then given an ultimatum by the head officer: either get three other suspected Shadow Children to confess their identities, or be executed. This puts Nina in a place where she really needs to think through her morals, and what she can do to survive. This book was a nice addition to the series, to show that this world is both bigger, and smaller, than we originally thought.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Willow Lausier

    I liked this book. This book was about a girl who had been captured by the population police because the law in her country was that a family was only allowed to have 2 kids. Nina, the main character of this book was accused of being a third child and was turned into the police. This book was pretty good, I would read it again. I recommend this book, especially if you want a quick read book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Justin Foun

    I really enjoyed this book, just as I enjoyed the first two books in this series. It is a good sequel to the first two books. However, I did enjoy the first two a little bit more because I feel as if the plot was more developed and interesting in "Shadow Children" #1 and #2, especially in #1. All in all, among the betrayed is definitely worth reading and is an overall good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    This book contained a little suspense, which was very enjoyable. I still feel as though there could be more substance to the story, but I have to keep in mind that these are books for youbg adults. I like how there are new characters introduced while the reader is kept up to date with the old. I'm happy Lee got his garden.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin Prevallet

    I am loving this series! I’ve read the first book with my students for many years and the love it! I highly recommend it as a book club selection for boys and girls or a class novel. I get them hooked with the first one, and many choose to finish reading the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    sumayyah

    rating - 3.5 ____________________________________ I actually enjoyed this one a lot more. It was darker and more mysterious. The character was a bit annoying and naive but It was part of the story so it fit well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hailey Hudson

    I remember this being my favorite book in the series when I was younger.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna Jones

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really like it, I enjoyed having Nina being the mc more then luke. I was scarier for her most of the book. But I didn’t really like the ending very much with everything just being a test.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jamieson

    Connor and I are reading this YA series together and really enjoying it!

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