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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068983909X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689839092
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Among the Betrayed Nina Idi has been arrested for falsely accusing some classmates of being illegal third children--a capital crime in their society. Now she is being asked to betray others--or risk being executed. Full description

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good! 23 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nina Idi, who played a part in Among the Imposters, is the main character in this book. It begins after she has been arrested by the population police and put in prison. She is offered the chance to work for the population police by finding out information from three illegal third children who have been arrested. She is to gain their confidence, and when they tell her what their real names are, any other third-children they know of, etc, she is to give that infromation to the population police. If she dosen't do it, she will be put to death. She dosen't want to betray them, but she dosen't want to die either. Finally, she manages to escape, and takes the three other children with her. She plans for them to go to the woods between the school she used to go to before she was arrested, and the boy's school, where they can grow food and hide. They get there safely, but then Nina realizes that she has no idea how to plant a garden. Then they find a garden someone has planted in the woods, and begin stealing food from it. However, one night, Nina goes to get food, and gets caught....I won't tell any more, 'cause I don't want to spoil the end. It's a pretty good book. Not as good as Among the Hidden, but I still liked it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Among The Betrayed by Margret Perterson Haddix 14 Mar 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nina is among the many shadow children in her school. She has done nothing wrong in her life, except for being illegal. One day, she woke up in a prison cell, handcuffed to the ground. She finds out that her beloved, Jason, has now betrayed her. Later on she meets a new character who she has called "The Hating Man". He tells her that she has to help him with something or she will soon be killed. Her task is to go into another cell with three other shadow children. She has to find out info about them and see if the truly are shadow children. Later on, she starts talking to them and they become kind of close. But, they won't tell her anything because they think they are being watched by hidden cameras. Which they weren't. "The Hating Man" was secretly feeding her humungous thanks giving meals, bribing her to try harder. She does'nt have that kind of cold heart, how evil. If he were to find out they were shadow children, he would kill them in an instant. One day while she was talking to him, a gaurd burst through the door. He was holding his neck, the gaurd had been poisoned. "The Hating Man" wasnt paying attention to her. Oddly enough, the keys were sitting right there on the table. She used this opportunity to escape, she grabbed the keys and ran. She opened up the cell and got the three kids. They all escaped together. No one even came looking for them. She told them about the school that she thought was safe, so they could temporarly live there. The younger kids actually knew how to get there. Once they got there, they finally settled in. She discovered a planted garden behind the school. They stole fruits and vegtables during the night. One night, Nina went to pick some more and some one pounced on her. It was Lee. She was dragged off to Mr. Hendricks house not too far away. After talking to him, she saw something. It was "The Hating Man". He was actually Jen Talbot's dad under disguise. The whole jail thing and escape was planned for the safety of them. She had been set up just to see if she could be trusted. Later on she found out everything and was glad she was safe. Well, for now. She later actually agreed to help them. Had Nina just agreed to help fight the population police? Yes, she had. The settings were in the jail building, outside of the Hendricks School, and inside Mr. Hendrick's home. This book was fantastic, and I would definitly recomend this book to anybody that I know!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Amoung The Betrayed Review 10 Feb 2006
By Vtown Tigers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book Among the Betrayed was a really good book about a thirteen year old girl named Nina, she is a third child. In the place she lives at third children are not allowed, and if they are born the population police will come and take them. One day while she was at school the population police did come and take her. They brought her to a dark, cold cell. Nina soon finds out they don't know that she really is a third child, but they arrested her because the population police say Nina and her boyfriend tricked them into arresting children that really were not third children just so her and her boyfriend could get a reward. The Population Police then make her a deal. She could save herself from getting executed and help them into tricking three children into admitting that they are third children or she could die. Will Nina choose her life or the kids?

I REALLY liked this book a lot. I would not stop reading it because I always wanted to find out the decisions she makes. A reason I liked this book was because there was always action. All the time the characters were doing something to keep you reading. Also this book was a lot about life or death situations. I like those kinds of books. There was nothing wrong with this book.

The people who would like this book are the people that like books about life or death situations. That is what the whole book was practically based on. Also the people that have read the other books to this series would like this one. This one is a lot like those. If you have read other books from Margarett Peterson Haddix, you should like this one. I know I did!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Elodie's dilemma 17 Aug 2002
By Dawn Kessinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nina, who thinks of herself as a "ninny" (she hates her new name) for falling in love with Jason, who it is proven has betrayed her in hopes of saving his own skin, faces a new dilemma when she realizes her nightmare is reality and she wakes up on a hard, damp prison floor with her hands handcuffed: should she take the "deal" which is offered to her by a Population Police interrogator who she has named "The Hating One," and betray three young exnays (illegal third children), or should she die? Why not betray these children, she sometimes wonders - after all, no one made any moves to come to HER defense, and these kids don't seem to want anything to do with her. Nina struggles with losing her identity as Elodie, as well - as Elodie, she was someone precious and protected. As Nina, she's just an abandoned ninny. Nina decides to at least pretend to go along with the hating one's "deal," though she really doesn't want to. When a chance to escape presents itself, Nina debates whether to take the three children with her. She fears they will only slow her down, but if she doesn't take them, they will surely die because the hating one has only given her 24 hours to betray them. The children's escape leads to a startling discovery about who exactly is betraying (as well as who is protecting) whom, and why.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bring Back Luke! 14 Sep 2002
By Joni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is just fine, but definitely not as good as its predecessors ("Among the Hidden" and "Among the Imposters"). The story turns slightly from the original story which we were introduced to in the first two books by shifting the focus onto a new main character, Nina (Elodie) instead of Lee (Luke). This would have been fine except that I didn't find her character nearly as interesting as Luke. Not only that, but Nina is constantly bemoaning a failed romance, which is annoying and overblown (you just want to slap her and tell her to get a life). Over the course of reading the first two books I've become rather attached to Luke and missed learning more about him. While he is mentioned near the end of the novel, his presence is really minor...and sorely missed. The plot of this book is also a bit more transparent then the first two books, it did not surprise me or keep me on my toes, I could see the end before it happened. However, the plot still leaves open the room for more sequels so there is hope for another book in the future that is better then this one. "Among the Betrayed" is a fine effort and I recommended it if you have enjoyed "Among the Hidden" and "Among the Imposters", but don't expect it to be as good.
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