Overall I would give this book a rating of a four out of five. I would give it a four because the story is set in the future, and it is interesting to how Haddix has the rules in place to limit the citizens. Also, the book talks about a lot of controversial issues of how the government controls people, and if the number of children that a pair of parents should have should be limited. In addition, it is very captivating to how Haddix introduces the idea of another "shadow children" in Luke's neighborhood. As the story goes on the reader becomes more and more interesting, and the reader is drawn in more. Furthermore, Haddix follows the unexpecting theme of that things may not always turn out as they seem, or what you want to be. I removed one star from the overall rating because Haddix only briefly touches the subject of that Luke is an illegal child, and does not explore the issues and the government's many regulations as much as I hoped that she would. I also was not satisfied, because throughout the whole story Luke is portrayed as being scared and wimpy throughout the whole book instead of being brave and valiant like Jen.