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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

July 05
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Underland Chronicles

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
The First Book in The Underland Chronicles
Publisher: Listening Library (January 1, 2005), Audio CD (paperback 320 pages,) ISBN-10: 9780307282699, ISBN-13: 978-0307282699

A young boy, Gregor and his baby sister get drawn into a creepy world under the earth, where there are huge rats, cockroaches, bats and humans who all talk and communicate with each other. Once there, Gregor finds
clues that his missing father of two years has also fallen down into the Underland. Put into the mix a prophecy and you have an exciting adventure.

This is the first of five books in The Underland Chronicles. It is a fantasy book aimed at 9 to 12 year olds, but can also be classified as Young Adult. The story primarily takes place on earth in the Underland, far below New York City. The story is told in the third person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist, Gregor. Suzanne Collins has also written The Hunger Games plus a couple of other books written for youths.

This is a good, interesting story which grabs your attention from the first page and keeps you engaged right up to the end.  I liked the characters and I was really cheering for Gregor throughout.  The denizens of the Underland talk in a unique manner, which I found charming.  I thought the mystery of the prophecy really added to the overall excitement of the story. Although Gregor the Overlander is part of a series, it is still a standalone book with a good conclusion.

Although it is aimed towards children 9 – 12 years old, I thought that some of the action scenes were a bit scary and there is a fair deal of violence, but none of it was too graphic. If you enjoy a good, young adult fantasy involving a quest with plenty of action then you should read Gregor the Overlander.
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2 responses to “Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

  1. Lesa

    July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Glad you liked it. I enjoyed this entire series and always recommend it to others. I may even read it again sometime or at least to my little boy. I liked the way the people talked too and the toddler sister was so cute and funny.

     
    • Linda

      July 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I have been considering reading the next book in the series, but since my boys are all too grown up for Mom to read to them, I do not have that as an excuse. Although, I always enjoy a good story regardless of what age group it is aimed at, so based on your comment, I am going to put book two on my wish list.

      Thanks Linda

       

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