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Gr 5-9-Fans of the series will be clamoring for this action-packed installment, which begins with an explosion and seldom slows down from there. Will, Chester, and Elliott continue to fight the Styx, a malevolent subterranean race that plots the destruction of the "Topsoilers." The Styx have instituted "the Phase," in which they will use humans as incubators for eggs-destroying the humans involved and unleashing powerful killers on the rest of the population. Uncertainty plagues Will's crew as loyalties may be shifting. Newcomers will need to start at the beginning of the series, but fans will enjoy this latest helping of excitement, action, and gore.-Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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They got CLOSER!

"Fans are going to have a hard time putting it down. There is a lot of action; lively dialogue; diabolical villains and feisty teens; clever cat-like companion hunters; things that blow up; torture and mind-manipulation; family and friends in danger; and trust and betrayal. A great science-fiction adventure series for boys, and girls will enjoy it as well." -- VOYA*

"Gordon and Williams move plotlines around like two generals directing a simulated battle. The authors have created quite a world." -- Booklist

They fell for FREEFALL!

“Gordon and Williams are one of the world's hottest writing teams.”
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“The perfect adventure in which to completely bury oneself.”
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“Propelled by chases, attacks, explosions, cunning deceptions, and acts of heroism and stupid bravado.”
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They dug DEEPER!

“An amazing world . . . with astonishing twists and surprises hiding around every darkened corner.”
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“What a story. Seriously awesome. True thrills and adventure.”
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They dug TUNNELS!

*“Compelling.”–Booklist, starred review

“Exciting.”–Kirkus

“Thrilling.”–The Columbus Dispatch
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545429617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545429610
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he spent his childhood in London and after surviving a rather severe boarding school somewhere in the Midlands, returned to London to attend university where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do, he played in a few bands before somehow stumbling into a job in corporate finance with an investment bank in the City of London. He genuinely thought this was all that the future held for him until he was made redundant in 2001.

Roderick surprised himself by attempting to write a book with help from an old friend from university and, in 2005, he self-published it as The Highfield Mole, which caught the attention of Barry Cunningham, founder of Chicken House, a publisher of children's books. Following a period of editing, Barry republished it as Tunnels in July 2007. After intense media interest around its launch, Tunnels became a New York Times Bestseller, and was published in forty different countries, achieving sales of more than a million copies worldwide. Shortly after publication the film rights were purchased by US-based Relativity Media. Tunnels was followed by further books in the series, Deeper (2009), Freefall (2010), Closer (2011), and Spiral (2012).

One last book, Terminal, will be released in 2013 to conclude the Tunnels saga.

Roderick currently lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and two sons, but is known to sneak back to London for reasons of sanity.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this fifth installment of the Tunnels series, most of the main characters are back on the earth's surface. Will, Chester, Elliott and Drake are stationed at a secure remote location, waiting for the next plan of attack. While Will and Chester train physically and mentally under the strict eye of Drake's father, Elliott is embracing her feminine side for the first time in her life. But the blessed quiet and recuperating time won't last long. The Styx army is about to enter a new phase...

The evil Rebecca twins are busy organizing the next step in their plans to take over the world. They are entering the Phase, a special time for their people that only comes around every once in a great while. The first step is to secure a safe and remote location. The second is to use the Dark Light treatments on hundreds of unsuspecting humans to control their minds. The Phase is a messy process, best done without witnesses or resistance. The Styx are building their army to finally stomp out the human race.

But a handful of Styx soldiers don't believe in what their leaders are doing. Eddie, Elliot's father, and his rebels have broken free of the Styx army and are willing to help Drake, Will and the rest defeat these blood-thirsty monsters. They inform our heroes about the upcoming Phase and together organize a plan. Unfortunately, there is a traitor in their midst, someone who will bring demise and danger to the group, leaving them buried alive and slowly running out of oxygen. They struggle and pool all of their meager resources to escape their death tomb. But even then, it's far from finished.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Hoffman on September 28, 2011
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Book #5 did not disappoint. There was a lot more action and losses and your learn a very creepy item about the Styx race. Can't wait till Book #6 comes out to find out what happens in the end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Farmgirl on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So I have been following the Tunnels series for about three years now and I'm a huge fan. I don't know where Spiral came from. The authors have really strayed from the family friendly writing that was evident in the other 4 books. There is cursing, inappropriate content, girls trying to seduce guys, Will and Chester talk about getting drunk, ect. Even though the Styx are insects it is still quite disgusting in several parts. Although the plot was epic and the storyline awesome, I was disappointed. Several of my family members and a lot of my friends are all into the series and we were all kinda shocked at the book. My little sisters haven't read it because of the content. If you set aside the negative issues, it is an awesome book. It was gritty and quite gruesome at some parts but all in all was pretty good. It was a little more on the short side though. Only like, 430 pages. I'm sorry but this book just wasn't as up to par with the others. Please make it up in the last book Roderick Gordon! :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on February 21, 2012
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This is a great addition to the Tunnels Series. I would recommend this good read to anyone who has read the prior Tunnels Series books and enjoyed them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By YDM on May 10, 2012
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This series is turning into one drawn out infomercial. Every time it should end the writers come back with "but wait, there's more". Are they under some sort of contractual obligation to produce 6, or heavens forbid, even more books out of this one story, so that they have to keep dropping old plot points and introducing new ones?

The real shame is that the writers write well and could have woven many more stories out of all the plot details they put into just this one. If you've gotten this far then it's too late to save yourself, you'll buy the next (and next and next?) to see how the story ends, just like a smoker who can't quit even as he dies of cancer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 1, 2013
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My brother encouraged me to read the first book in the Tunnels series and, of course, once you read the first you have to read the second. As the series has progressed, however, it has gotten progressively more disturbing. For me this is not something to rave about, but rather to recoil from. There were more instances than I can count in this book where the running dialogue in my head wasn't "Oh my this is so intriguing!" but rather, "WHAT am I reading and why don't I just give it up already!?"

The book's saving grace is that I'm a fast reader and, as such, finished in just a couple of days so the torture was not ongoing. I will finish the series as I am stubborn and that's what I do, finish what I start regardless of whether I still want to or not. I would not recommend this series to anyone though unless I knew they were into nightmarish bug women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By juliep on April 21, 2014
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cool book - different from the others but I enjoyed the new twists. now I need to get my hands on the final book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn R. Carl on April 15, 2014
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Great series. Am enjoying reading and anticipating the next move. Hard to put the book down and can't imagine what's coming
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