I remember being a small, little nine-year-old in fourth grade, struggling to find a good book to read. I searched through my classroom library trying to find something worth reading. And this was the book I chose. Little did I know that I would be hooked on the series and would begin to find more interest in dystopian stories.
The book was actually quite simple to read. I don't know if it would be different for a student who didn't have an advanced reading level. I called it a snack book because it only took me a night to complete. Now, a seventh grader, I still go back to read it, despite its low reading level .
This is a very good beginner dystopian book. Some of the scenes did frighten me a little, as they were very creepy. Luke lives in a futuristic America, where third children are prohibited. A third child himself (shadow child), Luke is forced to hide in the shadows. If someone found it he was alive, he could be slaughtered. One day, Luke discovers a bold Jen, a girl that was home during the day, even after her family had left.
There is violence in this book. The worst scene was probably the rally (don't mean to spoil), but the third children were gunned down. People had to wash away their blood.
Jen is a great role model. She is bold, not afraid to stick up for what she believes in, even if she has to die for it. Jen is confident and only wants to be free.
It amazes me how I still enjoy this book, years afterwards. This is a must-read for all fourth graders!