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Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Also, as she did in the HG series, I found Collins planting an underlying message in the Underland Chronicles-- this time, she questions whether war is always a "right vs wrong" situation-- and I thought this to be a positive contemplation for kids and adults alike. If you can look beyond the fact that the main character is 12 (much like you could look beyond Katniss' age in the HG books) then this is worth the couple of bucks to read!
You will not be disappointed :)
Being a young adult novel, the story moves along swiftly, without a lot of detailed description of either setting or society, but if the world is only sketched out, it is done so fully enough so that the reader never feels at a loss and is done so interestingly enough that the reader often wants to learn much more than is revealed.
The same holds true for many of the characters--Gregor, the young human princess and her cousin from the underworld, the grandfatherly diplomat who befriends and guides Gregor, even the bats who "bond" with their human riders.Read more ›
Gregor the Overlander is about a boy named Gregor, his little sister, Boots and his missing Dad. Gregor and Boots fall though a hole in the washing machine and they are taken to the Underland (a land miles under the ground). The people there think he is a great warrior that is supposed to save their land from six foot tall rats that want to destroy them. An ancient prophecy told them that an overlander (someone who lives above ground) would come and help them. Gregor does not think he is the warrior but goes on the quest hoping to find his father.
I liked this book because it is exciting. There is a lot of suspense and action. You never can tell what will happen next. Gregor the Overlander is also a very imaginative story. It is full of animals that are many times their regular size like 5 foot long ants, 3 feet tall spiders and human-sized roaches!
Gregor the Overlander is a really inspiring book too. Gregor looks after his little sister like a hawk. He was willing to die for her. When I read this book I felt like I should take better care of my brothers. Gregor was also really nice and helpful to creatures that other people looked down on. It reminded me to treat others the way I want to be treated, not like other people treat them.
I think kids who like animals and are creative will love this book. Also, if you like adventure, suspense and action this is the book for you!
I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest in the series!
Gregor, our teenage hero is an ordinary boy fallen on hard times in New York City. His father vanished years ago and his mother works trying to make ends meet while he tries to take care of his siblings. All this changes when Gregor follows his baby sister, Boots, when she falls through a vent in their laundry room into an underground world with giant bugs and creatures. There are humans there too, and all of them seem to think that Gregor is the Overlander of one of their most powerful prophecies-the warrior who will unite them and bring them victory over the armies of the rats. Gregor is more interested in finding a way home, until he discovers that fulfilling the prophecy might also mean finding his father. But the prophecy is muddled and unclear-can Gregor survive the quest and make it home with his sister and father-or will it claim his life?
The story presented here is fairly well tread ground, a reluctant hero from another realm, a quest that requires a gathering of several different creatures, a prophecy that is suitably ambiguous and a dangerous enemy to be overcome. What makes it work is that the author brings the characters to life in delightful ways; the roaches, rats, bats and spiders all have their own styles and customs.Read more ›
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What a fun read?! I can't wait to dig into the rest of the series. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to read them with me.Published 8 days ago by Jeremy Richman
I read the whole series about 10 years ago and loved them, then I gave them to my grandson, a fourth grader, after replacing the lost first book, AND... he loves them. Read morePublished 16 days ago by L. Barrington
I didn't know what to expect with this story, and I really had to work at it to enjoy it at first. I tried to go through it a few months ago and didn't get very far, somewhere... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
I love this book, and have ever since I read it as a little girl. Extremely lovable characters, and a great plot that keeps you hanging on until the final word.Published 1 month ago by Ruth
Not the hunger games, but just as good. Overcomers in the form of spiders, roaches, humans, bats and one brave rat.Published 1 month ago by PAs
Overall it was a pretty good book, but the beginning was very slow and it took a while to get into it.Published 1 month ago by Nathaniel Helwig
posting for my 12 yr old son who received this book from his teachers for Christmas. He loves it! He said to say that he had just finished rereading Harry Potter which always sets... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I just finished this book as part of a book club that I am in with my 9 year old son. Needless to say, I have not been overly hopeful about other books that we have read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Davis
This book is awesome!!! I think that everyone should read this book. It is a very cute, funny, and a little sad. But definitely very good.Published 2 months ago by Benjamin C. Pollock