Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (The Underland Chronicles) Library Binding – August 11, 2008
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- Language : English
- Library Binding : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439520542
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439520543
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 5 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The other characters are well drawn, too. Human or not, you get a decent sense of who or what they are. Their actions are not arbitrary.
The plotting is well done, too. There's enough action, danger, and suspense to satisfy. This is no fluffy fantasy. People are sick, they get hurt, and they die. At the same time, it shouldn't be too much for a tween to handle. They can follow the protagonist as he learns to deal with adults and adult problems such as loss and betrayal.
Gregor and baby Boots return to the Underland, not by choice. The rats are after Boots, so the Underlander humans choose to protect her in their own territory. Gregor, of course, has another quest, another battle (or three), and much more to learn about himself and others.
It is *really* hard for me to get past giant roaches as friendlies, but I feel like that is part of Collins's overall goal, to get us to face our own prejudices.
It is a welltold tale enjoyed for its own sake, with some excellent deeper magic, themes to discuss or just ponder.
The second book in the Gregor the Overlander series, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, is just as good as the first. Many unexpected events happen throughout which keeps the book exciting. There is one disturbing and slightly graphic thing that happens to a bat that upset my 9 year old son. Even so, before I had even finished the last chapter, he and my 7 year old were begging me to get the next one to read to them. I recommend this book to both adults and kids with the caveat that there are some disturbing bits in this book that may not be suitable for more sensitive people.
Below is the link to the review of Book 1
Gregor the Overlander: The Underland Chronicles #1: https://youtu.be/4UFWrEK_9_o
The action pieces are also something I did not expect, as I thought they would be downplayed for a younger age. Instead, they are well written and demonstrate the brutalities of battle (even if the ones fighting are not human) and although not the most gruesome scenes I've read (I read horror genre too). I was surprised that the level of brutality was recommended for ages as young as nine, but as an older reader I found it refreshing to not have fights and battles sugar coated.
The characters are engaging and the whole Underland world is complete and intriguing with the many 'peoples' that live there and the differences all the groups have. I cannot recommend how a reader of say age nine would like this series, but I can say that as a 22yr old, if you don't mind reading something a 'the lower level,' I defiantly recommend it for many ages over 9.