Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children, Book 3) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Within the 3rd installment of Haddix's sequence a couple of futuristic society within which households are forbidden to have greater than young children, Nina, a secondary personality in Among the Impostors, is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned by way of the inhabitants Police. Her interrogator supplies her an ultimatum: both she will be able to get 3 different baby prisoners, unlawful third-borns like Nina, to bare who harbored them and the place they acquired their pretend identity playing cards, or she is going to be completed. Nina sees an opportunity to flee the legal and, taking the prisoners along with her, quick discovers their highway smarts. but if their foodstuff offer runs out, Nina seeks the boy she knew as Lee.

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The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely. He moved over to the window: a smallish, frail figure, the meagreness of his body merely emphasized by the blue overalls which were the uniform of the party. His hair was very fair, his face naturally sanguine, his skin roughened by coarse soap and blunt razor blades and the cold of the winter that had just ended. Outside, even through the shut window-pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere.

He could not now remember whether it was before or after having the dream that he had seen O'Brien for the first time, nor could he remember when he had first identified the voice as O'Brien's. But at any rate the identification existed. It was O'Brien who had spoken to him out of the dark. Winston had never been able to feel sure-even after this morning's flash of the eyes it was still impossible to be sure-whether O'Brien was a friend or an enemy. Nor did it even seem to matter greatly. There was a link of understanding between them, more important than affection or partisanship.

The diary would be reduced to ashes and himself to vapour. Only the Thought Police would read what he had written, before they wiped it out of existence and out of memory. How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive? The telescreen struck fourteen. He must leave in ten minutes. He had to be back at work by fourteen-thirty. Curiously, the chiming of the hour seemed to have put new heart into him.

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