Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins

This entry is part [part not set] of 5 in the series The Underland Chronicles

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Third Book in the Underland Chronicles
Publisher: Listening Library, Listening Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes (368 pages), ASIN: B000DN5UQI

The plague is killing people in the Underland in a very gruesome and horrific manner. When Gregor and Boots where called to the Underland, Gregor’s mother insisted on accompanying them, but she became ill with the plague while visiting. It is up to 12 year old Gregor, as the warrior, to find the cure and save his mother and friends from death.

This is the third 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 book examines discrimination and it shows the evil that can come about when people are influenced by the terrible belief that others are inferior. Gregor is given hints that the cure for the plague may not be quite what it seems and as the story unfolds we are able to see that this is true. The characters are endearing, especially Gregor and Boots. The story is well told and grabs our attention from the first page and keeps us engaged right up to the last page.

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is a standalone story, but it also left a few loose ends.  I will be reading the next book in the series to see how these all tie together.  I recommend this series, but it is quite graphic and at times sad, so I do not recommend it for young children.

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5 thoughts on “Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Great review. It seems the young sci-fi/fantasy genre has really been taking off lately. Do you read a lot these types of books, or is this a departure from your usual reading?

    Can’t wait to read more. I’ll be following from hereon out! If you get a chance to check out my book review blog (, please do so. If not, no worries. I’m just happy to have found another good reviewer. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I do enjoy reading YA fantasy amoung other genres. My favourite series is the Wheel of Time, I am anxiously awaiting the final installment in this series, although I would not consider it YA, but rather epic fantasy. I also enjoy and have reviewed suspense, crime drama, historical fiction, science fiction and chicklit to name a few. I am even going to start a non-fiction section review section soon.

      I noticed on your site that you are currently reading Sherlock Holmes. I have read and enjoyed all of these stories and I am looking forward to reading your review once you are done. I am now following you.

      Take care, Linda

      1. Thanks! The Sherlock Holmes volume I’m reading includes A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Not necessarily the whole A.C. Doyle canon, but still quite a bit to take in all at one time! I’m reading it in bits and pieces right now, but when I finish I’m sure you’ll see a review of it around here somewhere!

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