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Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 | [Suzanne Collins]

Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.
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Publisher's Summary

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

©2003 Suzanne Collins; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Collins introduces her young heroes Gregor and his little sister Boots into a wonderland....A fantastically engaging place." (Publishers Weekly)
"Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story." (Booklist)

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Margery Facklam should have co/authored."

    This is for 4th graders through 8th graders. I believe that age group will really like the book, but it is not that good for adults. I believe it could have been, The writing is good, but there are large holes. I will say I liked the whole take a bath so they rats don't smell you. That is true for different cultures. My wife went to college with some Nigerians. They said that all Americans have a smell, because we eat so much meat. About half way through the story gets more interesting when they are joined by Rip Red, I liked his character. There were also some surprises I did not see coming.

    I did feel she should have gotten someone like Facklam to help her write the story. This mostly takes place underground and the only animals she mentions, are people, rats, roaches, fish and spiders. Of all the animals and insects that live underground , this was all she could fit into the story.

    A little girl gets sucked down a grate in a laundry room in New York City and so did a full grown man. The explanation for that did not take place until the end of the story and then it was not very good. I would like to know why a group traveling through dangerous territory did not post guards when they slept, where did the roast beef come from, where did he get cab fare and how come the kid who should be in her terrible two's is so good? I know this is meant for a young audience, but does that mean it has to be sloppy. Don't our kids deserve better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joie California 08-17-12
    Joie California 08-17-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Not What I Expected"

    I didn't realize that this series was directed to juvenile audience and was therefore disappointed. I do like many juvenile books but this one did not keep my attention.

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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 02-12-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "throw up"

    This book is not for older readers. This is perhaps most appropriate for 10 year olds or younger if anyone. While the idea of this underground world is intriguing concept the story is very boring and the characters annoying and one dimensional. A small 2 year old baby is brought with the adventurers on a quest to find their father throwing tantrums and needing her diaper changed. There is nothing clever or exciting about this tale. You have been warned!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Bountiful, UT, United States 08-03-10
    Roger Bountiful, UT, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Really good series"

    I guess I just like kid books. At least I never have to worry about the language. It is easy listening for the gym and makes the time go so fast.

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    Russell 05-15-11
    Russell 05-15-11
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    "Extremely junevile"

    Perhaps its the narrator, but our family felt as if we were sitting in a kindergarten classroom listening to this book. My daughters were excited in that they loved the Hunger Games, but this book really did not live up to those expectations. Possibly enjoyable for a VERY young child, but not so much for older children based on our experience.

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    Sarah austin, TX, United States 04-18-14
    Sarah austin, TX, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It's A Kid's Book, And I Liked It!"
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    Happily surprised by this one. What does that say about me? Not sure because according to Amazon, the age level for this series is 8-12. That actually makes me pretty happy because that means there’s some decent fiction out there for young readers. No better way to get them hooked on reading than by giving them decent books! My son liked it, and since it was in my Audible library from him, I thought I’d give it a listen.

    Of course, some parts of my adult brain noted when the writing was a bit simple, but quite honestly, it was an imaginative journey down the vent shaft in the laundry room to the underworld. Gregor gets the surprise of his life, and protects his baby sister quite gallantly. Good boy… and well, sometimes you just have to save the world, underworld or not! This would be a good one for the whole family to listen to together! Road trip!

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    Liz GA USA 04-01-14
    Liz GA USA 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A treat for the imagination"
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    This was definitely a breath of fresh air after the Book Thief. I think I needed to delve into my imagination as therapy after that, and this book definitely delivered. I found out about it on Goodreads and was shocked--I had loved the Hunger Games, but I had no idea that Collins had written anything else.

    This was an excellent pick for an audiobook as I could go about my household chores and errands in a whole different world. The Underland is engaging, the characters are believable, and the two-year-old is not as cumbersome as I thought she would be (although the voice the man reading the book gave her is a bit creepy!!). As a reviewer on Audible said, I never thought I, as a person with a lifelong hatred of them after growing up in Georgia, would empathize with giant cockroaches!

    If you're looking for a diversion into the land of imagination that's entertaining and engaging but not too heavy or demanding, this makes really good escapist reading (and I use escapist as a compliment here!). I've already purchased book two in the series. I want more!

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    Kris LEHIGH ACRES, FL, United States 11-28-13
    Kris LEHIGH ACRES, FL, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story! Not crazy about narration."

    As much as I can't stand roaches, I didn't think I would be able to get past it and enjoy the book, but I did! They are quite lovable in this book :) A great story, with awesome characters, and wonderful twists and turns. Flows very well and is very easy to follow. The only thing I'm not crazy about is Paul Boehmer as a narrator. He is ok, I guess, but his voice for two year old Boots REALLY irks me unfortunately. He makes her sound like a creepy breathy old woman. Not even close to a two year old. And her "ge-go" is supposed to be the way she says 'Gregor' but he makes it sound like more of a strange sentence add on and doesn't pronounce it like a two year old would. But he does pretty good with the roaches, I guess. And as far as the other characters go, he pretty much just uses his own voice, not much difference in character. But I got used to it and still was able to enjoy the story :)

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    Ann 08-04-13
    Ann 08-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Suzanne Collins Is Great"
    Where does Gregor the Overlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

    It is not like any other books i have read


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    it was good for the book, he was great for the people (and things) in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes I listened to this book in a day or two and the others in the series shortly after


    Any additional comments?

    though it was the same author it was very different from the hunger games (great book too)

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    Mousie 08-01-13
    Mousie 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "IF you want to escape 1 world to another"
    What made the experience of listening to Gregor the Overlander the most enjoyable?

    I never lost interest or got bored.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregor, for being so young and yet is matured so fast in every situation he is in. when it got difficult he was calm and logical.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the most greatest book i ever listen next to Harry Potter and the discovery of witches. i was interested and couldn't put it down. I just dreamed i was there. The ending i was sad, Will he ever go back to the one girl he loves from another world. Will he be a warrior in the overland as himself. It seems the overland is an ugly place to live. I would want to stand in the underland.... you must read....5 stars

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