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Among the Enemy (Shadow Children, Book 6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Hide or fight?

Matthias, an unlawful 3rd baby, is stuck within the go fireplace 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 inspiration whom he can belief. What can one boy do opposed to a depraved paperwork?

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He reeked of gin. It seemed to breathe out of his skin in place of sweat, and one could have fancied that the tears welling from his eyes were pure gin. But though slightly drunk he was also suffering under some grief that was genuine and unbearable. In his childish way Winston grasped that some terrible thing, something that was beyond forgiveness and could never be remedied, had just happened. It also seemed to him that he knew what it was. Someone whom the old man loved, a little granddaughter, perhaps had been killed.

If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death? The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth.

He did not do so, however, because he knew that it was useless. Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed-would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper-the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.

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