Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times best-selling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.
Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It calls for the warrior's death, that warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and Gregor's mom and little sister Boots are still in Regalia. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor's hands and time is running out. There is a code that must be cracked, a new princess to contend with Gregor's burgeoning dark side, and a war designed to end all wars.
In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.
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With multiple listenings of the audio, I have not felt the need to read the print version.
Ripred impressed me with his insights, honesty and devotion. He was Gregor's mentor, a reality check for the Regalian royalty, the hope of the rats even when they did not know it, and the one person who could handle prophecy as it ought to be.
Paul Boehmer gave enough vocal distinction to make most characters seem differentiated and real. I especially liked Boots, Mrs. Cormaci and Ripred. His style and diction made the story easy to listen to, which I did several times.
I was moved to breathe a sigh of relief when Luxa refused to come above ground and the rock was replaced. Luxa, tender and loving at moments, also revealed herself to be a young Solovet. And if the royal-commoner divide does not doom a relationship with Gregor, her warrior predisposition and ability to stand by and watch him die in quicksand certainly are not good omens. Gregor needs Mrs. Cormaci's healing touch much more than he needs Luxa's hand. Fantasy meets reality.
Not many sword and sorcery fantasy books paint a picture of battle as realistic as Collins has here. Gregor spends more time in the hospital than in battle, and ends the book needing much healing. The children in the story, though, seem a wee bit older than their stated ages, and I think the story has a lot to offer readers/listeners a wee bit beyond Gregor's thirteen.
I was prepared to be disappointed in this book because the Hunger Games series was just so darn good. How could Suzanne Collins possibly have had a whole series published before the phenomenon, that I'd never heard of, that was good?? Well, this was excellent and had me hooked in under a minute.
When the crawlers spoke for the first time with their unique syntax and cadence! "Princess you be, princess!"
I am addicted! I've read the whole series. Love, love, love!
I'm not sure which of the Gregor series books I like the best. They were all very entertaining. I have enjoyed this series better than any other audible books so far.
I loved Lucsa's character because she was so powerful and brave.
He was very animated in his voice changes, which helped make the characters more real.
Well, no, although I looked forward to my car trips because I new I'd be entertained!
All age groups will love these books, but some young teens might need a little guidance.
I liked that Gregor was dealing with the reality of being torn between two places. I also love that the main characters are loyal to each other.
When you find out that someone is or is not dead. I don't want to give up a good part of the story.
The different voices that he uses are very entertaining.
Definitely! The entire family has listened to the book. 11 years old to 60 years old.
As a parent I search for books that we all can listen to. It is rewarding to find a series that we can share. The conversations that go on about the book have been fascinating. The fact that we have something in common to talk about is great. My husband is always behind us in the book and he often listens in the car after we are done with the book. He is not a big reader but is always asking, what's next?
I loved Gregor from the opening of the first book to the closing of the last book. Every scrap and tussle proved that Gregor is a very real boy in a weird world under the city of New York. I wanted the series to go on and on. Keep writing, Suzanne, you are a gifted storyteller.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
It is a great book, probably in the top 10, but not the top 5.
Suzanne Collins has a pattern. She makes her beloved characters suffer a lot, and she always kills someone dear to him / her in the end, which might suck for people who like happy endings. And also, her characters suffer extreme poverty and hunger, but they are loyal and true to what they believe.
Yes, to all of Gregor's stories. Paul Boehmer is a great narrator, although he made some slips with some of the minor characters by changing some of their voices.
Yes, because I wanted to know the end of the saga.
Although I've read some comments saying these books might seem like the Harry Potter ones, they DO NOT! There is the similarity of extreme suffering, but Suzanne Collins shows political concepts and ideals in her books which are not seen in the Harry Potter ones.
I think they are worth reading, and if you read Gregor you will have lots of adventures, and you'll even llok at bugs differently, but do not read them if you are expecting something similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Gregor brings a different story. Pleasant and adventures. I recommend it.
Yes, this is a great series especially for 10-12 year olds,it does contain quite a bit of violence however this is tempered by a strong moral code and laid over with humour.
We all loved Boots, the 'pincess' and her funny sayings.
He seemlessly reads all the different voices, at times you wonderif there are more than one reader.he takes it at a nice gentle pace and is very clear
Yes, I will probably listen to this series again. It is well written with a compelling storyline.
I would compare this series to Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky and Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.
Great voice actor.
Unfortunately, Suzanne Collins did not end the story. It seems to me that she was prepared to write another book but never did. She left too many loose ends with all the significant and some of the secondary characters. The book would have ended much better if she went 10-20 years in the future as J.K. Rowling did with Harry Potter and Collins did with the Hunger Games series. As it stands now,Collins needs to write the actual last book for this series.
This book was a nice conclusion to the Underland series. I enjoyed the entire series and look forward to sharing it with my children. Good clean adventure!
My only complaint about the book is the conclusion. It seems to be a let down that Gregor just goes home...
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