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Gregor And The Curse Of The Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles, Book 3) Paperback – July 1, 2006
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While the first book had a focus on us getting to know Gregor and the Underland, the second on Gregor's growth emotionally and mentally, this one is all about disillusionment, the realities of politics and human greed, and Gregor truly leaving most of his childhood behind.
The Underlanders, for all that they look different are, inside, no different from the rest of humanity. That's the lesson I came out with, anyway, and it's a good one. In this latest quest, any remaining illusions Gregor (or the readers) might've had about Underland are irreversibly shattered. The human Underlanders are mostly decent people, the same as the rest of humanity as we know it, but there are enough bad apples in power there to make them all look bad, the same as here in the Overland. There's prejudice, blind, unthinking hatred, rifts between families, murder, malicious deception, pure greed, and it all gives the story such a good feel of reality. In a world filled with giant creatures, that touch of reality grounds the story and makes it easier for the reader to relate to, makes the suspension of disbelief much easier to maintain.
A plague is mowing its way through the warmbloods of Underland and yet another prophecy says that Gregor and Boots must be there to stop it. Only this time, their mother isn't letting them go alone.
Her inclusion, and the way she's yanked suddenly from the story by contracting the plague, I found particularly interesting.Read more ›
Oddly enough, though, "Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods" is truly a darker story than the previous two, at times being eerily exciting. There's action, and Gregor's newfound Rager-instincts are taking their toll at the most unpredictable moments possible.
And who would expect in the middle of this inspiring adventure. . .a little family reunion?
Things are never what they seem.
As foretold by a prophecy (another familiar element from the other books), Gregor joins a group made up of rats, crawlers, humans, and bats who have put aside (somewhat) their hatred for each other to seek the cure to this plague that strikes them all. The quest will take them deep into a dangerous forest, the only place where the plant that supposedly holds the cure grows.
The strengths of book three are the same as the earlier books. The story moves along smoothly at a quick pace with almost no lagging moments. The main characters continue to grow in complexity, maturing with age and experience as well as revealing previously concealed aspects of personality and experience. The new characters obviously don't have the same depth, but are also fully drawn as Collins manages to avoid the flatness of character that mars so many other young adult fantasy books, even those that are three times the length and so should have time for more complex characters.
The setting remains somewhat too vague for my liking; as in books one and two I wish Collins had sacrificed a little speed of story for a more vivid sense of place.Read more ›
This third book in the Gregor the Overlander series was just as good as the previous two. I read it out loud to my 9 and 7 year old boys and, once again, they were begging me to buy the next book as soon as we finished this one. These books are deceptively simple. On the surface they seem like just a nice fantasy story about giant creatures and humans who live under the earth, but when you start thinking about them, they are really about so much more. The boys are understanding some of the deeper meanings and have had good conversations about them. There are some disturbing bits in this one, such as how a rat dies and also the loss of two characters in battle. Most disturbing is the ultimate meaning of the Prophecy. I highly recommend reading Gregor And The Curse Of The Warmbloods.
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I completely enjoyed all of the books in this series, interesting and unusual story and characters with a serious undertone. Good for young readers and adults as well.Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Gegna
Book #3 is a dark story indeed. Taking on issues of discrimination, political powers, betrayal, trust, lies and deceit. Makes one eager to see where the next book will venture.Published 1 month ago by P June Mott
This book is the best it has tons of adventure and the back staping but then there's the dangerous jungle with the creepy plants (*_*):-OPublished 1 month ago by Mack sellers
I loved this series as a whole. I keep wondering why Gregor keeps involving boots in so many of these adventures though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Hatch
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is comprised of what most refer to the second book syndrome in that the story served more as a stable foot for the developing plotline. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B&C Arroyo