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Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles #4)

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In the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Gregor is drawn ever deeper into a brewing crisis. For generations, rats have run the mice–or “nibblers”–out of whatever lands they’ve claimed, keeping them constantly on the move. But now the mice are disappearing, and the young queen Luxa, who credits them with saving her life, is determined to find ou ...more
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Published May 13th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published May 1st 2006)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4), Suzanne Collins
عنوان: تاریخ اعماق زمین - کتاب 4 - گریگور و نشانگان رمزی؛ نویسنده: سوزان کالینز؛ مترجم: عاطفه احمدی؛ تهران، ویدا، چاپ اول و دوم 1392؛ در 296 ص؛ شابک: 9786002910370؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 Darren Hagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a flipping great series. Only one issue...as much as I love Boots and she is adorable (and a bit heartbreaking), I question why you keep bringing her on dangerous adventures. She's 2 years old man, give her a break. The first three it is kind of justified because she is the prophecies, but not this one. Oh well.

The story is still great and it's also so harsh. The poor mice :'( *SPOILERS AHEAD*....The bit where a load of mice die gives an image of what gas chambers must've been like during t
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Steven R. McEvoy
There are so many fans out there of the Hunger Games books, and every time I encounter one of them I tell them I really liked that trilogy but I absolutely love the Underland Chronicles. With each of the books in the quintet I appreciate the writing and stories more. The growth and development of the characters and the plot is amazing. Watching Lexa and Gregor grow is a wonderful experience. Not since reading Madeleine L'Engle books years ago have I wanted to know what was happening with the cha ...more
Milena
Nov 22, 2014 Milena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Понякога трябва да си напомням, че „Подземните хроники“ (изд. „Екслибрис“) е излязла доста преди „Игрите на глада“. Сюзан Колинс изобщо не се опитва да тушира или смекчи размаха на ужаса, с които описва трагедията и смъртта дори в уж детска книга. Докато в „Игрите на глада“ имахме свят, който е постоянно на ръба на война, и смъртта е чест гост в живота на героите, в тази поредица имаме жесток сблъсък между защитеното съществуване на „нормалните деца“ – Грегор, Лизи, Буутс – и постоянната смърт, ...more
Luann
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Kendra
May 12, 2013 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
For any Hunger Games fan, the earlier Suzanne Collins series is a worthwhile read. While it doesn't have the depth of THG, and is written for a younger age group (11-12 year olds), it carries many of the same themes as THG: the conflict between different groups, poverty vs wealth, violence and war. In fact, I would consider this series to be more violent and have more death, but the majority of it happens between animal species such as bats, rats, and spiders, and then humans. Various warfare is ...more
Beth A.
Nov 11, 2009 Beth A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Another good story, lots of conflict and adventure, and fun to read. There was more friction between the characters, and I felt a little less connected to them. It did bother me that they again take the pups (kids) into a very dangerous situation, this time through a few poor decisions rather than necessity.

Unlike the previous three, this book is unresolved at the end. The next book will be a continuation of this story rather than the beginning of a new episode. I am hoping that the last book wi
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CekMoNSter
Jun 25, 2012 CekMoNSter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holding that one star because I was sulking..hmmph..*crowd a corner*

There`s one thing that I hate the most in this world, aside from liars. That is not knowing of things..And the name for this one, 'Marks of secret' was enough to fuel me into detest and much angriness..I want to know things, learnt them by reading, and not just be speared with reason that tells me that I`ve enough to just know, but not to learn from it..

Understand? No?

Ok, imagine HP, clueless with the infos on deathly hallows an
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Sam
Oct 10, 2011 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this is the most mature and well-formed book in the series. The focus on ethnic-cleansing resonated with my Jewish heritage. Characters and story elements have finally begun to mature and pay off.

The old contrivances are still there, including childish prophecies, the 'rager' conceit, and dragging a toddler into the most dangerous situations imaginable. They continue to hold back what could be a pretty cool story.

The biggest complaint I have is that the Underlanders, despite having intere
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Mira
Aug 16, 2015 Mira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortly what I have to say about Gregor and the Marks of Secret:

Like I've enjoyed the other parts of this series, I really enjoyed this one, too. This books are fast-paced and easy to read. Suzanne Collins' writing style is gorgerously vivid and I love it. Having different kinds of characters, all the different animals, is fun and refreshing. I still think that Ripread is like another version of Haymitch, both are these crumpy mentors. That's propably why I love Ripread so much. :D I think Grego
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June
Jun 03, 2010 June rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gregor fans
I am reading the series with my 12 year old. We are really enjoying the series. However, I was vaguely dissatisfied with the ending. This time the adventure didn't end. Maybe Collins bit off more than would fit in one book and just divided this story into two books. The horror of the mice being poisoned also got to me. 5/1/10

Finished reading this with my youngest and started the 5th right away. I told him I would read to him this morning, if he got up before I went to work, since he didn't want
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Kim
Feb 26, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me more!!! I love Suzanne Collins and her writing style is awesome. This book was a fast read, and I can't wait to get my hands on the last book of the series. She just loves leaving you hanging. I really enjoy that the characters are so likable, and seem so realistic. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy this series.
Emily Freeman
Aug 07, 2014 Emily Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is by far the best in the series so far! The writing style is the same, but the story is so much deeper. Not as dependent on the inevitable prophecy as the others, although of course it's there! But the characters are maturing, and the historical allusions are powerful. Gotta go get the last installment!
DavidO
Feb 20, 2014 DavidO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
I liked this better than book 3 as the plot progressed more, but it's still not entirely living up to it's potential. It's main problem, IMHO, is that the protagonist keeps pulling his 2 year old sister along on ridiculously dangerous missions. It worked for the first 2 books, but then it started to get a bit hard to believe that events force him to bring her along over and over again.
Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
This installment is a little different as Gregor and Luxa defy the adults and strike out on their own. Needless to say, it doesn't go well. Exceptionally powerful and difficult themes for a MG book.
Claudia {SparrowHawk}
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Gregor and the Marks of Secret is a book I am finding difficult to review. It would be easy to simply say the book was pleasantly engaging and full of the fantastical chaos I crave from the middle-grade genre, but then I would be lying. Granted, the book does feature the aforementioned; at the same time, however, owing to how shrewdly this book evolved into an increasingly dark storyline I was left agape! That said, I greatly appreciated the thought-provoking themes and allegorical representa
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Деница Райкова
Nov 23, 2015 Деница Райкова added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
книгите, които „се случват”: the underland chronicles 4: gregor and the marks of secret”

Не разбрах тази книга от първото прочитане. Или – като се замисля сега – може би не пожелах да я проумея веднага, Защото това, което осъзнах при по-внимателно четене, беше толкова зловещо, че не исках да го повярвам. Да, разбира се, анотацията "казваше" какво се случва - мишките започват да изчезват необяснимо. Но отначало на мен ми убягна ужасът на ставащото. Трябваше ми време, и поне още едно прочитане, за
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Desislava Filipova
По традиция и тази част трябва да започне с пророчество, но този път то е само загатнато и вероятно е толкова страшно, че никой не иска да каже на Грегор, в какво се състои то и предстои да се разкрие в последната книга.
Междувременно Лукса получава знак, че мишките са в опасност и заедно с Грегор тръгват по следите им, следвайки мистериозни знаци със зловещо значение, за да открият, че едно неизвестно пророчество е скрито в детска песен.
Подземната страна е на ръба на война, която отстрани изглеж
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Alessandro Duran
Sep 10, 2015 Alessandro Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Gregor and the Mark of Secrets, Gregor goes back to the Underland to sees the odd and fantastic world again. He first sees Ripred, the rat, with the behemoth size Bane. Gregor is surprised that the tiny baby Bane grew eighteen feet since his last visit. Ripred tells Gregor that the Bane’s friend are saying that Bane should be the next king of the gnawers (rats), but he is just a wimp. Later in the book, Gregor, his sister Boots, Luxa, Hazard (Luxa’s cousin, Howard (cousin of Luxa, ...more
Kelle
May 28, 2009 Kelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this one. This one reminds me of Hunger Games. This is the style from Suzanne Collins I love. I had a hard time putting the book down and, when I did, I kept thinking about parts of the plot. So far definitely my favorite in the series. Gregor is finally sort of seeming grown up. I know it's young adult fiction and I'm all for reliving my awkward adolescence, but sometimes I just want to yell at characters to grow up. Now he is and it's excellent. Many near-death experiences, more people not ...more
Denae Christine
Mar 10, 2014 Denae Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, the ending. No! No cliff hanger! (Actually, I was impressed and really like it, but I don't like knowing there is only one more book).

Characters, great as always. I loved the confrontation with the scorpions, and that Gregor learned what the underland name for humans is (hint: it isn't "walkers" but something more sinister).
I found scenes a little harder to follow this time, but I don't know if that was because the scenes were actually rushed or because I kept trying to multitask while I
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Angela Oliver
Jan 15, 2015 Angela Oliver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For middle grade fiction, these books are getting awfully dark and quite tragic - but what can we expect from the woman who gave us Hunger Games? There are many things I like about Suzanne Collins writing, but one of the big things is that injuries and damage - both emotional and physical - actually have affect the person suffering them. When characters are knocked unconscious and resuscitated with head injuries, they are not ready to go running about fighting. No, they are seriously injured. Ki ...more
Joey M
Nov 08, 2007 Joey M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This is a very good book, it is the 4th book in the series and i read the first three and they are also very exciting. This book's genre is adventure or fantasy. Out of the four books in the series, i think this one was not the best. It was still very intereestign to find out what happened in the story, but it was sort of dull.

The book takes place in the Underland with main character, Gregor, and many of his friends and family. Gregor and a group of his friends, including Luxa, go on a mission t
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Michael
Jul 21, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, 2015
A children series that addresses deep issues, and it's not sugar coated for the reader. Don't let the talking cockroaches, bats, mice, rats, etc., throw you off this one. It's a very good series. Each book is based on a prophecy premise. That's one of the aspects of the series that I really enjoy. Your mileage may vary. The seer's name is Sandwich. Heh. The first three books in the series come to a close at the end, but this one leaves us hanging, and continues in the fifth and final installment ...more
Adelina 'Змей' Genova
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При достигането на момента, в който нещата стигнат до геноцид, читателят вече е напълно наясно, че това не е детска книга. И е далеч повече от простото запознаване на децата с ужасното минало на човечеството, па макар и придадено на други подземни същества.

Сюзан Колинс не престава да ме изумява и осъзнавам, че след толкова смърт в тази книга, написването на „Игрите на глада“ е била просто детска игра.
Nancy
Nov 06, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed these books! The character names and ages are clearly targeted for the pre-teen and young kid ages, but the simple and clean writing make it a fun read. I loved the characters and the values expressed. Recommend this for anyone... especially parents looking for a book they can read with their big kids.
Lorrie
Feb 05, 2015 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate enjoyed this one, but she thought it was very gory for a children's book. There were many, many deaths and she kept asking me, "are you sure this is a kids' book?" She definitely likes the action and characters though.
Isabella Mills
Feb 08, 2015 Isabella Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This book is unlike the others in this series but it is still just as fantastic. Suzanne did it again.
Rachel
Jun 28, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get more and more hooked with each book!
JJ
Sep 24, 2007 JJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy, listened-to
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Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little B
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Underland Chronicles (5 books)
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“Upon this crown my pledge I give,
To my last breath,I hold this choice,
I will your unjust deaths avenge,
All here who died without a voice.”
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