I am somewhat ashamed to say that this is the first Margaret Peterson Haddix book I've read. It was a fast moving, fast read. Now, I have actually seen The Village
(and I think M. Night should probably be sending some of the $$$ he made off that movie Ms. Haddix's way), and so I saw the twist coming from page 1...but since the twist was revealed on page, oh, 20? or so, that didn't ruin the book. And it had entirely different characters and a different plot, filled with nefarious schemes and evil-doers, which I think makes it a lot easier for a younger audience to relate to than would be possible in M. Night's version. Also, shockingly, Ms. Haddix managed to do it without any annoying self-insertion cameos, so that was good.
Oh, anyway. I really enoyed this book and would happily suggest it to any younger person in search of a thriller/suspense novel.