With the current craze for dystopias, we often forget that the genre has existed for decades already. I remember one dystopic series that blew my younger mind, and that was Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix and its sequels.
In a world where population control has limited families to two children only, twelve-year-old Luke's very existence is unthinkable, forbidden, because he already has two older brothers. Unable to attend school or have friends, Luke can at least go outside because his parents' farm is hidden and remote. Then a new housing development goes up, and that small freedom is denied. Stuck in his attic bedroom all day, Luke can hardly believe his eyes when he sees somebody else in one of the new houses, somebody he's never seen before.
Another third child?
Meeting Jen opens his eyes to a world of "shadow children," who are fighting for their right to exist. But the government is fighting back, just as hard. This addictive series is filled with adventure, danger, and sacrifice.
We're incredibly lucky that Margaret Peterson Haddix will be at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 9-10 on the University of Arizona campus. Besides the Shadow Children series, she's written many others, including one of the popular 39 Clues series. Her latest, Caught, is part of a time-travel adventure series. Don't miss her in March!