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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 2015

    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

    Jo

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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 02-12-12
    breckoz 02-12-12 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    Roger Bountiful, UT, United States 08-03-10
    Roger Bountiful, UT, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2013
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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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    Bridget 06-24-15
    Bridget 06-24-15 Member Since 2012

    I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.

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    "We can't wait for the next one!"

    My 8 year old and 5 year old daughters were riveted by the story of Gregor and his quest.

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    Noelle 06-20-15
    Noelle 06-20-15
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    "Gregor the Overlander"

    I absolutely loved this story. I can't wait to get the next in the series. Lots of action, emotion, and just enough mystery to keep one's attention.

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    chesterton mac 04-25-15

    superhero team

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    "Best books ever!"

    Amazing books, great narration, and thrilling and sad moments. I think how Suzan Collins writes is wonderful so I recommend these books for ages 9-900!

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    Carrrie Carter 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    This is a great series for the younger crowd. We read it the first time in second grade with my oldest daughter, and are listening to it again now with my fifth grader. Everyone likes this series very much!

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    PDB 04-03-15
    PDB 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great read!"

    a great book for the whole family! starting the next one in the series now.

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