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)
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!
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 :)
one of the best
It is not like any other books i have read
it was good for the book, he was great for the people (and things) in the book.
yes I listened to this book in a day or two and the others in the series shortly after
though it was the same author it was very different from the hunger games (great book too)
I never lost interest or got bored.
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.
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
Before she wrote the hunger games Suzanne Collins wrote a series of five books call The Underland Chronicles they are worth a listen. They are good books and very entertaining
I loved her work with the Hunger Games and was looking for something light and new to enjoy this summer. This series has really delivered for both me (The old timer) and my young son (10 yrs old). It doesn't take too much time to get to the hook and then we couldn't get enough. Great series.
I got this book because I was curious what Suzanne Collins' other books were like. This is a cute story, full of adventure from start to finish. Something a kid from age 8 to 13 would probably enjoy.
Exciting. Enchanting. Adventurous.
Really got into the story. Made it entertaining for young listeners
If we count the whole series as one, it is definitely in the top 5!
He did a brilliant job on all of them--I couldn't stop listening, and neither could the kids!
I devoured the whole series, and was sad to finally reach the end.
This is a great book for adults and for children--a great book to share and discuss!
Keep on listening!
Gregor and his mature perspective for an eleven year old.
Easy to listen to.
We found this series at the library and listened to the five book series at least three times over the past two years. Could easily listen to it again and decided we needed to own it!
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