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Gregor the Underland Chronicles (5 Volume Set) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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*"Gregor's luminous, supremely absorbing quest takes place in a strange underground land. . . . Creature depictions are soulful and the plot is riveting. Wonderful." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Collins does a grand job of world-building, with a fine economy of words. Unlike Gregor who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find [the Underland] to be a fantastically engaging place." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"[An] exceptional debut novel, a well-written, fast-moving, action-packed fantasy. [S]ure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans." -Booklist, starred review
From the Author
Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, author Suzanne Collins was struck by how rural the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in the city. In New York City, you're much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you're not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Collins's musings led to the creation of The Underland Chronicles. "I liked the fact that this world was teeming under New York City and nobody was aware of it. That you could be going along preoccupied with your own problems and then whoosh! You take a wrong turn in your laundry room and suddenly a giant cockroach is right in your face. No magic, no space or time travel, there's just a ticket to another world behind your clothes dryer," Collins says.
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I bought and read the first book as "testing it out" experience, since I loved hunger games. Then, I immediately needed to read the whole series. The collection offered the best kindle price for all the books (even though I now have 2 copies of book 1, the collection was cheaper then buying the remaining 4 books). I basically read a book a day (that's like 5-6hrs a book relaxed reading).
I got the impression from the easy writing and the young characters that this was a children's book. The main character Gregor is eleven and killing rats and other underland creatures in the war between rats and humans. (You'll learn very early in book one that the rats and humans hate each other, so I'm not spoiling anything here.... ) I'm sure the kid is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome by the end of the story. Not to mention this book deals with grey choices, not the easy moral black/white choices where you think -this person is bad- this person is good. It will leave you thinking. and I don't think I would have enjoyed or understood the book as well if I was younger, much younger... Maybe I just like my books happy, and I'm not sure the end of the book left me with a happy ending I wanted.
The writing is easy. The plots are straight forward and interesting (no great twist and turns, and you know the riddle of the prophecies will make sense at the end). The characters are slowly developed and grow. I really enjoy the characters! Each new book has a new journey, new prophecy and add new side characters.
I wish I could see a map of the underworld since they travel around a lot. But the kindle edition didn't have a map- I don't know if maybe the paper version does (I've noticed quite a few kindle book edition skip pictures).
The series is written for children, but even adults will enjoy the easy, but suspenseful and imaginative reading.
The set came in on time, and in great condition. My only complaint is that the box that houses the books came undone within a week. The glue just didn't hold; not a big deal at all, as I can just glue it back myself.