Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Book Review #152)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 23/01/18

My 8th book this year)

In a society where families can only have two children due to food resources being limited, Luke, is a third child. Also known as a hidden child or illegal child.

He was almost caught out in book 1. In this 2nd book of the Shadow Children series, Luke has been given a new identity, a chance to live like a normal child and a chance to be free from the hidden life he had led before. He has been renamed, Lee Grant.

For the 1st time in his life he is finally allowed to go to school, to meet other children, to talk to other people, but life is so overwhelming when everything was previously forbidden. Lee knows he has to find a way to survive his new life in order to accomplish his goal: to help other hidden children be free once again.


I really enjoyed this book. I got through so quickly, I turned the final page before I realised it was such a short novel. I love how the author tried to show us Lee’s fear of being caught out, yet his courage at wanting to try to save others, his bravery in taking chances, yet his cowardly attitude towards being bullied by a room mate. He is so internally conflicted.

The only downside was this book should have been filled out more. I really enjoyed discovering this school with Lee, discovering the secrets and to get a glimpse into someone else’s life who could very well be a part of our future society.

I am still excited to continue with this series and would very much like to recommend this book to other readers, especially young adults who enjoy dystopia.

Written by Ling Lee (23/01/18).

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