Among the Enemy (Shadow Children)

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

conceal OR struggle?

Matthias, an unlawful 3rd baby, is stuck within the go hearth among rebels and the inhabitants Police. whilst he unwittingly saves a inhabitants Police officer, Matthias is delivered to inhabitants Police headquarters to coach as an officer himself. There he meets Nina, one other third-born who enlists his assist in a plot to undermine the inhabitants Police. yet Matthias is less than consistent scrutiny, and he has no concept whom he can belief. What can one boy do opposed to a depraved paperwork?

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If our plan works, should you and that i either live on the night . . . good, we wouldn’t are looking to get an individual else in hassle. ” Mike thinks we’re going to be stuck, Matthias discovered. stuck and tortured, most likely, till we inform on all of our acquaintances. after which, once more, I’ll have harm a person attempting to do whatever reliable. or perhaps not . . . whatever new happened to him. “I don’t be aware of your final name,” Matthias acknowledged, startled on the idea. “I don’t be aware of what identify Nina used to be utilizing at inhabitants Police headquarters. I don’t recognize the identify on anyone’s I. D. card. ” “Good,” Mike acknowledged grimly, staring directly forward. “Let’s maintain it that approach. ” They arrived on the warehouse. an analogous selection of trash-covered lumps have been scattered alongside the wall, yet this time Matthias famous them as human instantaneously. “Let’s wish they haven’t replaced the password,” Mike muttered. “Why don’t you provide it, when you consider that you’ve been the following prior to. ” With Mike at his part, Matthias stepped as much as the intercom. His hand trembled as he pressed the button. “Glorious future,” he squeaked. The door opened slowly, as though the defend wasn’t relatively certain approximately Matthias. Mike barreled his approach in the course of the cracked door, his fists flailing. In seconds, he’d knocked the protect out flat at the flooring. Mike stabbed a hypodermic needle into the guard’s arm. “That’ll be certain he remains unconscious,” Mike stated. “Now, let’s simply wish there quite used to be just one safeguard. . . . ” Mike slipped a key ring from the guard’s belt, and the 2 of them raced in the course of the construction, checking at the back of each door. there have been 4 degrees to the development, so it took many years. however the construction had an easy structure: each door at the left part of the construction resulted in the nutrition storeroom; each door at the correct facet ended in a room containing hundreds of thousands and millions of white cards—the I. D. ’s. yet Mike and Matthias chanced on no folks at any place else within the construction. “Good factor the commander was once so paranoid approximately secrecy,” Mike muttered as they lower back to the 1st flooring. “Only one defend for this complete building—it’s loopy. ” They moved the subconscious guard’s physique into an alcove off the entryway. “This means, he won’t get trampled,” Mike acknowledged. “Things are going to be beautiful chaotic. ” He glanced at his watch. “It’s a disgrace I didn’t set the days a bit prior. the 1st team of individuals won’t begin arriving to hold away the foodstuff for one more hour. ” “No,” Matthias stated. “I guess we will be able to have a few in the following in 5 mins. ” “How? ” Mike requested. yet Matthias was once already bounding out the doorways, able to get up the folk sound asleep in the street. bankruptcy THIRTY-EIGHT the following numerous hours handed in a whole blur. The ravenous humans from the streets got here in first, stumbling and rubbing their eyes and squinting as though they couldn’t think the sight sooner than them. “Take as a lot meals as you could carry,” Matthias instructed them, time and again. “Then run as far-off from right here as you could! ” They have been all long gone earlier than the 1st team of individuals confirmed up protecting the faux inhabitants Police flyers. those humans have been used to status in line; they have been used to being passed measly parts of grain or small lumps of mealy bread.

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