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188 of 192 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
First, let me say that I am nearly 25, and graduated college with a degree in English. Read the Hunger Games trilogy, and like many others, was left wanting more after the final book. Realized this was Collins' only other book series, so ignored the fact that it was more "for kids" than the HG series, and bought the first book for my kindle. I have honestly read all 5 in less than 2 weeks, finding myself once again drawn into a world of Collins' making, containing her noteworthy descriptions and numerous-yet-individual characters.

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 :)
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
My name is Luke, and I am in the 5th grade. I read a book named, Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins. It is an action-packed adventure story. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. I don't usually love to sit and read, but this book made me want to read for hours and hours!

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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2005
Joel

11/17/05

Recently, I read Gregor the Overlander, a marvelous book by Suzanne Collins. It is a reasonably long book, 308 pages (on the copy I read), and each page of it is equally exciting. I highly recommend reading this book.

In this book, a young New York City boy, Gregor, lives an average life. He has been forced take some of the tasks of the family, because he is the oldest child and his father has mysteriously disappeared. One day, doing laundry, Gregor discovers a vent in his apartment. As he crawls behind a washing machine to nab his baby sister, nicknamed Boots, he is sucked through this mysterious vent. He falls and falls, and eventually lands in a dark area. As he looks about, he is surrounded by nothing other than...giant cockroaches! Brought to a city by these beasts, he soon learns he is in what is called the Underland. From giant cockroaches, to a pair of snobbish royalty, you will meet the citizens of and explore the lands of the Underland, and unfold their secrets.

Only wanting to get home, he gets caught in a war of the races. What else lives in the Underland, and are they friends or foes? Who will win this? Will he ever get home? Mostly, though, what part will he play in this struggle? As you read on you will learn of his adventures, and the meaning of the mysterious Prophecy of Gray.

It is almost impossible to decide a favorite part out of this book, for all were wonderful. It is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, really. Even though, I have to admit I was the most excited when Gregor met up with Ripred, the giant, lethal rat. Just the descriptions of him are enough so raise your hairs. What are his motives? The main question is, can he be trusted, especially after his displays of strength?" ...A pair of rats sprang from around the bend. In an impossible move, Ripred tore out one's throat with his teeth and blinded the other with his back feet..."

When I was given this book, I was currently in the middle of my favorite book, The Fellowship of the Ring. I reluctantly put it down for Gregor the Overlander, but I soon found that I had made the right decision. This book was marvelous! It actually reminds me of the book The City of Ember, for they both take place mainly underground, with a main character trying to solve a puzzle, with many adventures throughout, to save the city from a sure doom.

This book is amazingly descriptive, so much so that you feel like you actually take the place of one of the characters. As you explore the secrets of the Underland and the human city of Regalia, the book becomes more luring and suspenseful. Around each turn of his journey, new problems arise and old ones grow more intense. Wondering how the book will turn out, the pages fly by, as well as the time. This book is truly breathtaking and I definitely would read this again. You as well should read it...experience its wonders...solve the Prophecy of Gray.

Go Cockroaches!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2007
My teacher gave me this book and said that he thought it was good, now that i have read it i am hooked to the series. I think that it is a really good book if you like really fiction books i think this is great
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62 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Hey all you young readers,

you're in for a treat

The adventures of Gregor

are really quite neat

Sucked into the sewers,

and then far beneath

Away from the sun

where big rats have large teeth

To fulfill the carvings

The Prophecy of Gray

Gregor and his sister

have key roles to play

An overland warrior

in search of his dad

There isn't much doubt

that the future looks bad

The roaches are friends;

he can ride on a bat

But the spiders attack

at the drop of a hat

The rats are the worst,

always ready to fight

But one old wise rodent

can help with their plight

A dozen begin,

but not all live to tell

This enchanting tale

with a sewer-y smell

I'm telling you now,

and I'll tell you again

Buy this one now,

then The Prophecy of Bane.

Amanda Richards, August 24, 2005
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 22, 2007
I was having some serious Harry Potter withdrawals when I happened to look upon this book. I don't know what exactly made me pick it up, but after reading the back cover I thought I would give it a try. I absolutely loved it. I grew up fascinated by the movie "journey to the center of the earth" and Alice in wonderland. This book is a wonderful melding of the two. Gregor, who is 11, lives with his mom and two sisters, his father has been missing for years. One day, after his sister goes to camp and his mother off to work, he is left in charge of his two year old sister Boots. He isn't remiss about the responsibility, he actually really adores her. They head on down to the laundry room, where boots somehow falls into a hole, of course he follows her and they go down, down, down, down, into the underlands, into the unknown. They are met by gigantic roaches (crawlers), which happens to be my biggest fear! The roaches are about to trade them to the rats (gnawers), when they catch a whiff of Boots diaper and think she MUST be a princess to smell that yummy. So they take them to the Underlanders, who are humans that ride sentient giant Bats (flyers) and are told they cannot go back to the topside. Gregor, of course, thinks otherwise and after trying to escape and failing, is told of a prophecy, and he is thought to be the warrior they have been waiting for. He also figures out that his father, is being held prisoner by the rats and thus begins an amazing Quest. I was so pleasantly intrigued, and held captivated by this story. Even though it's a short one, 311 pages, it is packed with adventure, humor, and heart wrenching peril. I NEVER thought I would learn to love roaches, but after reading this I might think twice about squashing them. There are 5 books in this series, and that makes me a happy girl, and even though this is written for 4-5 graders, it has enough substance to make this 34 year old want more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2003
Amazing. Rats and other wonderfully creepy creatures fill the story's dark underworld , but what makes this book so wonderful is how human it is. Gregor and Boots are such brilliantly written characters that when they take you into a strange new world you really feel that you are there. Wow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2006
So says a huge banner on my wall, a smaller one on my door, and a magnet on my locker. Yes, I am a fanatic. Probably the only one. Oh well.

This is a fantastic series, so it annoys me to no end to recommend it to someone and have them give me a blank look. Then I try to explain it ("It's about this kid who falls under New York City to an Underland below where there are giant rats and bats and things. Oh yeah, and they can talk.") It's at this point that they begin to inch away with promises of, "Oh yeah, I'll look at that sometime...sure..."

There really is no description that does the book -- or the series -- justice. I could tell you the Underland is a fantastic place you'll lose yourself in and maybe have dreams about, I could tell you that Ripred makes my top-ten list of all-time favorite characters (and I have read over five hundred books in my lifetime so far, so that's saying something.) I could tell you again and again what an amazing and refreshing movie this would make. But you wouldn't get it until you read it. (I've already made converts of three of my friends, they were skeptics too.)

Seriously, these are good. Really good. There are some books I read like junk food -- I'll buy them when I don't have any really great books to read. There are some I like but read mainly because they come out regularly and give me something to read. And there are those I buy as soon as they hit the stands and stay up all night devouring because I just can't get enough of them, I have to know what happens next. This is one of those.

Five bright and gleaming stars.

On a completely different topic, does ANYONE know how to contact Suzanne Collins? I've checked her website...not even a publisher's address where they'll forward it to her.

Rating: Very Good
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2004
This is the best fantasy novel I've read in a long, long time. I found out about this book by chance and want to tell everyone I know about it because they might not see it at the bookstore. Everybody who likes fantasies MUST read this book. You absolutely have to. If you like suspense, prophecies, awesome fantasy, mysteries, battles, survival, reunions, friendships, heroism, and characters you will never forget, you will love, love, love this book. PLEASE Ms. Collins hurry up with the sequel!! I just have to know what happens to Gregor and his family and all the Underlanders. I HAVE to find out about The Prophecy of Bane. I think Gregor is such a great hero. The plot for this novel is so perfect. Every detail fits just right. Ms. Collins has thought of everything. The Underland is a very believable world. All of the characters are fascinating and very real. Aside from Gregor and Boots, my favorite characters are Tick and Temp, Solovet, and Ripred. Oh, most of all, I love Ares. I laughed and cried and shivered and lost my breath reading this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2004
If you don't love this book, then you are a nitwit! Gregor is a young boy who has had to assume many responsibilities since his father mysteriously vanished 2 years ago. When his baby sister falls down a chute in the laundry room, he goes after her. What he finds is a whole new world with gigantic roaches, evil rats, enormous spiders and an odd race of humans. Gregor's arrival is seen as a possible warrior who can save the Underland according to an prophecy written in stone hundreds of years ago. All he knows is his mom is going to be worried sick if he doesn't get home soon with his sister (as utterly charming a human as ever existed!) I loved this book. You will love this story. I can't wait for the next book in her series. Highly recommended to kids and moms, and everyone in between!
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