I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 21/09/17
My 24th book this year.)
The law states there is a maximum of two children per household. The population police help to enforce the rules with severe consequences if any family is caught with more than two.
Shadow children are those extra children, the third child of the family. Luke is one of them. He has never had a birthday party, never been out in society, never had a friend and has never been known to exist to anyone except his parents and two brothers.
Life was hard before, but it only gets harder as a new housing development is built where the woods surrounding his house used to be. Now he can’t leave the house at all and can’t look through the window, can’t sit at the dinner table with the family and is essentially imprisoned in the attic in his house.
Luke begins to think about freedom. He suspects one of the the new neighbours are also hiding a shadow child. Now he needs to work out how to contact the shadow child, so he can interact with someone just like him.
I really enjoyed this first book of the Shadow Children series. The idea of the whole world’s population controlled, supposedly because of food shortage. But there are always those who oppose the government with their own ideas and theories. It makes sense because some families may not have children, therefore maybe some others can have more. Then there is the issue of potentially turning the entire population into vegetarians to reduce food being used on livestock for meat.
Farmers are controlled as to what they produce and in what quantities, yet they must give most of it up leaving themselves with barely enough. Government keeps taking and taking more than their fair share. Some families are not happy about it. Especially those with shadow children.
I love how being brave can be forced upon people, depending on their circumstances in life. How sometimes you have to do something terrifying in order to survive better. But life is all about survival. How to better the way you live. Shadow children remind us to appreciate what we have, as the freedom we have is such an amazing thing when compared with confinement.
Many people have otherwise critisized the faults in the book regarding food sources etc, but to read the book without deliberately looking for faults, this storyline is great. But will society ever come to this as a worldwide phenomenom?
Written by Ling Lee (22/09/17)