Population control has been enforced and Luke is a third child. This makes him an outlaw, a secret, a shadow child. As time passes and a housing edition moves in right down the road from their farm, Luke has to spend more and more time inside until finally he can't go out at all. He is a prisoner in his own home because his parents decided to have him. Then one day, he sees movement in a house in the new addition. Everyone there is already at work or school. He discovers another shadow child hidden in one of the houses. And his life changes forever.
A particularly gripping story which embraces a fear held by many teenage kids. What to do if you can do nothing! Luke's isolation is more than any modern day teen could bear, but he does it because it means survival. This story is fast moving and is relatively short but there is a lot to be said for the content. It engages the reader from start to finish and leaves them wanting more. And they can have more, if they move on to the second book in the series. Great book for grades 4 and up.
- Mrs. Daugherty