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)
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!
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I first looked for this book because of Suzanne Collins. I thought I would listen to something similar to the Hunger games, since most reviews point toward that direction. However, it is a completely different story, with a quest which includes people from different species and beliefs even, and I would listen to it again, but this is NOT similar to The Hunger Games.
I love teen literature, and I feel most passionately about it, so I can say I liked this book very much. The story is envolving, engaging, but I didn't feel like when I read the Hunger Games. That sort of emotion you won't find with Gregor.
You will find, though, sense of family, belonging, care, tenderness, struggle and lots of adventures lived by Gregor, an 11-year- old boy who misses his father, who has disappeared for more that two years, and also, by mistake "falls" into the underland with his two-year-old sister, gets to know amazing creatures and have unimaginable experiences.
Boots, The little embassador, who loved with no distiction and such sweetness, that is it impossible not to love her.
Surprizingly, he struck me most when performing Boots. If you can perform like a child so well, you can do anything.
An amazing adventure through the underland.
Read this book with an open heart and mind.
This is a compelling story and Gregor is a very likable main character. I read the books one after another and then got the audio book in hopes that my kids would listen on long car rides. They both like it, which is pretty amazing at 4 and 8. Because Gregor's little sister Boots is two, her periodic remarks are easy for kids to relate to, and add humor.
This whole story is very memorable. The setting makes it interesting and the issues are timeless.
The narration was good. I often find it difficult initially to get used to the narration, because it's not what I am expecting, but it is actually perfect in that it does not get in the way of the story, it just delivers it. He does just enough changing of his voice for each character that it helps with the tracking.
This is a book the whole family can enjoy. My husband is enjoying it as much as I did. I highly recommend it for family trips.
Creative, engaging, and great storyline!
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel because of the journeys through different places, encounters with new and unusual things, and risking your life for someone else's cause
Have you ever wondered what lived under your city? Gregor finds out through a journey to the underland.
It was difficult to start because it sounded like it would be only appeal to junior high kids. But it turned out to be one of those teen books that adults can enjoy too. After the author introduces the characters and starts the main part of the story, it becomes very entertaining. Also, the books get better as you go on in the series because there is more drama. There is humor in this book; it isn't nearly as dark as the Hunger Games.
Great books. Lots of fun, well written, original, unpredictable. We got it for the long drive to drop off my older son at scout camp. We all enjoyed it-- both my sons (ages 6 and 12) really got into the story, and so did mom and dad. We paused the playback from time to time to make guesses about what was going to happen and how it would end, but no one successfully predicted the ending. All in all, a big success and I'm glad there are 4 more in the series. Solves the problem of what books to get for the family vacation this summer.
I just finished all five of the Gregor the Overlander books, and I highly recommend them. (In case you're wondering, I'm a woman in my late-30s, so you know what viewpoint this review is written from.) I came to them having finished the Hunger Games series and loving the complex, compelling characters, so I wanted to see what else Suzanne Collins had written. (In attempt at brevity from this point forward, I'm going to refer to the Gregor the Overlander series as GTO, and the Hunger Games series at THG.) The two series are quite different because the main character in GTO is only 11 while Katniss is 16 in THG, and the Overland & Underland worlds in GTO are also quite different from Panem in THG, of course. However, Collins has a talent for writing characters that we root for (even when we they're being stubborn and misguided, as we all tend to be at some point), and she creates entire worlds that these characters inhabit (or visit) so well that we can picture it vividly in our minds. You're there with them, experiencing all of it.
The style of writing is slightly different, too, since the Gregor books are suggested for those as young as 4th grade, and the Hunger Games begin at 7th grade as a suggested reading level. So, the adult reading experience of GTO can be comparable to reading the Harry Potter books as far as writing style (for the intended reading audience) and maturity of the main characters. I absolutely loved the characters and universe of Harry Potter, so I didn't have a lot of difficulty going along with the GTO books, too. (I may have had to adjust a little to the simplified reading level with the HP books the first time that I read the early ones, but that was so long ago for me that it's hard to remember.) However, you should think twice before buying the GTO books (or using your precious Audible credits) if you can't adapt to reading from an 11-year-old's point-of-view.
Other reviews summarize the plot quite well, so I won't go into that here. I think that, like most first-time authors, Collins gets better and smoother as she goes along, but these books are definitely worth it, in the long run. In summary, this series excels at depicting characters whom you root for (and some whom you won't, right along with Gregor) and in a world that is refreshing because it is extremely different, yet somewhat recognizable to our own.
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