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.
"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)
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
As an adult I really enjoyed this adventure. It moved quickly and I didn't want to stop listening.
The characters are very charming. Images of Gregor, the "hard done by" but brave young boy, and Boots in her backpack with her diaper needing changing were really endearing.
Paul Boehmer was excellent as narrator. I loved his portrayal of the patriarch Vikus, the cunning laconic Ripred and the unforgettable cockroaches. I wanted to run around quoting "Be She the Princess, Be She".
A cautionary note though, it is possible that a child may have a bad experience listening to a story of giant bats, spiders and cockroaches. Giant evil spiders may not be everyones remedy to good dreams.
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.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
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!
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.
Greggor the Overlander is a surprisingly adorable fiction from Suzanne Collins aimed at most likely elementary aged children- now having said that I am an adult without kids and I still enjoyed it. Because each book in the series is relatively short and it has been some time since I read them all I am going to review the entire series here.
These books are a very cute fantasy about a young boy (Greggor- 11) and his even younger little sister (Boots- age 2) who fall into an underground world (i.e. the underland) inhabited not only by people but by giant talking insects, bats and rodents. The series follows the interaction of Greggor and Boots amongst the people and animal characters of the Underland.
Each book has a "quest" and while there are still mature topics like death, betrayal, war, backstabbing, etc it is still very age appropriate for Elementary kids. I have recommended that my brother read it to my 6 year old Nephew -- I think he will particularly enjoy it because he is currently very into bats.
The narration is wonderful. One of my favorite parts is the way that Paul Boehmer narrates the two year old Boots. One of her tag lines is "Hi you" and I have found myself working that into my own vocabulary at times. I also really love his portrayal of Temp the cockroach, Ripred the rat, and Mrs. Cormaci- Greggor's neighbor in the overland. It's really excellent character work.
There are 5 books in the series-- the first 2 are pretty formulaic-- Greggor and Boots go to the Underland-- there is a quest--- they return home to the Overland. But as the series progresses there is less "the story begins here and ends here" there is a lot more traveling back and forth, new characters are introduced, and things get much more complex. After the second book I would say the series is definitely best to be read as a continuation. Start book 3 with the plan to keep going through to the end.
I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.
My 8 year old and 5 year old daughters were riveted by the story of Gregor and his quest.
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