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Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, and Gregor and the Marks of Secret.
Published 2008 by Scholastic (first published 2006)
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Trent Mikesell
Jun 12, 2009 Trent Mikesell rated it it was amazing
This is my review for the whole series. There are 5 books and they are all equally wonderful. I bought this series about 3 years ago, but never read them. They just sat on my shelf. Every time I looked at the back, it just didn't draw my interest. I'm not sure why, but I just do not enjoy books that take place underground (City of Ember, Tunnels, etc.). The fact that this takes place underground initially turned me off. However, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad that I did. The stor ...more
Sammi Vantine
Oct 22, 2012 Sammi Vantine rated it it was amazing
I read this series when I entered middle school. I have to say, it is still (six years later) one of my favorite series of all time. Yes, I have read the Hunger Games Trilogy. However, I must say that it pales in comparison to this series.
I am not one to cry at books or movies, but I was brought to tears as I read the final two books of the series. The deaths of certain characters were portrayed well, and I got a real sense of the emotions the characters felt throughout the series.
Also, I have
Feb 19, 2009 Kalanemi rated it it was amazing
Oh my god.
Let me start this by saying this series and the author deserve ALL the praise, hype, and media attention that Twilight and that hack Stephanie Meyer got.
First, I'll start by talking about Gregor and the Code of Claw, the final book in the series.
NO other book (save Redwall, when I was about 8) made me feel this strongly about a character and their (assumed) death. NO other book I know of potrayed such obvious (for the YA audience), yet such effective symbolism. NO other SERIES I have
Nov 23, 2010 Alissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adventurous people, seeking to get hooked into a series
Recommended to Alissa by: Saw alot of people reading it and wonder what the big deal of it was
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Dec 23, 2008 Tonja rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Tonja by: My students
These books are a fabulous young adult fantasy read. (I should note that I typically don't read the fantasy genre.) I couldn't put them down and read all four quite quickly. (I had to wait a bit for the fifth book.) The underworld is so wonderfully described that it sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I could go so far to say I liked it even more than the Harry Potter series. SERIOUSLY!
The only bummer is that Collins isn't going to continue writing this series. Number five is re
Ана Хелс
Oct 17, 2015 Ана Хелс rated it liked it
Филмираните книги или книгите по филми са винаги малко проблемна област за оценка – все пак говорим за два различни вида изкуство, и не рядко, ами направо обичайно често, от прекрасни книги стават невероятно шитави филми, а много шарени екранизации се оказват с потресаващо досадни книжни наследници. Та в този ред на мисли, не съм чела нито Игрите на глада, нито Дивергенти или Здрач примерно, но във филмите съм открила целевото безсмислено забавление на дъвката за ума, каквато всъщност е смислова ...more
Rebecca Lang
Sep 01, 2015 Rebecca Lang rated it really liked it
Series Overview

Since his father disappeared, it's up to 11-year-old Gregor to look after his younger sisters, while his mother struggles to put food on the table. When toddler sister Boots tumbles through a hole in the laundry grate, Gregor doesn't hesitate to leap in after her. What he finds below is a dark, cavernous world populated by giant rats, bats, and bugs that live beside normal-sized humans with translucent skin and violet eyes.

Led by soon-to-be-queen Luxa, the humans of Underland rule
May 20, 2015 Blake rated it did not like it
I rated the fiction novel Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins one star.
It takes place in an apartment in New York and in a world far from reality in the summer. The main characters were Gregor, a boy in his youth, Boots (Gregors baby sister who is two years old) and people from the underland. Boots falls into a hole and Gregor goes after her. From there on they meet crazy people and see crazy things.
I rated this book one star because I thought that it was one of the worst books I have e
Megan Leduc
May 20, 2015 Megan Leduc rated it really liked it
I read the fantasy fictional book Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. This novel starts out in an apartment building in New York City present day. So far Gregor's summer has been pretty boring, watching his baby sister Boots all day. One day while Gregor is doing the laundry, his sister Boots falls through a grate in the wall. When Gregor goes after her he ends up in a new world called the Underland. There people live with giants creatures of all sorts and they have a prophecy that they be ...more
May 20, 2015 Macy rated it liked it
I rate the fantasy novel, Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, three stars. Gregor the Overlander is about a 10 year old boy and his little sister Boots (2). They fall into the Underland through a vent in the laundry room in there apartment building. Gregors father has been missing for about two years now and while in the Underland Gregor discovers that his father had fallen and been captured by rats and he can't escape...on his own. Gregor, Boots, and some of his Underland friends go on ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Becca rated it it was amazing
I loved all of them. You don't get a better series about a 12-yr-old. That actually surprised me in the second book - because I read it so long after the first - Gregor is only 12. I liked the way anagrams came into play in the fourth one, and Lizzie thinking Gregor was like Gorger.

I definitely recommend these books.
Jan 14, 2009 Allison rated it it was amazing
Could NOT put these books down.....they caused what my daughter calls a 'book binge' - where you ignore all other responsibilities and get rather irritated when interrupted until you foggily come up for air - only to ask with an eerie urgency where the next book in the series is.... now I want to read everything by this author.
Alexandria Wallace
May 20, 2015 Alexandria Wallace rated it really liked it
I rated the fantasy fiction novel "Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanne Collins four stars. This novel is about a boy named Gregor who falls into an air duct with his baby sister Boots landing them in the Underland. Gregor and his sister are found and taken to a castle in a city called Regalia. He later discovers he is mentioned in a prophecy called the "Prophecy of Gray". The prophecy tells about a quest and the result of the quest is the uncertain fate of the Underland. My overall impression of t ...more
Emma Neelia
Aug 21, 2009 Emma Neelia rated it it was amazing
I did not want to read it but Anne forced me to, and I am so glad she did!
My new favorite books!!!!!!!!!!
Fantasy, Adventure, a little mystery, and totally fun!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 20, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it
Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, is a fantasy novel and i'm rating it three stars. The book is about a boy named Gregor and his sister Boots. The get trapped in an underworld where they meet large cockroaches, bats, creatures, and rats. They all go on a journey in hopes of finding Gregor and Boot's father and to go home. Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, is a fantasy novel. I thought the book was okay. The beginning was boring, but once the Prophecy and adventure started happe ...more
May 20, 2015 Sheil rated it really liked it
I rate the fantasy novel, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins four stars. Gregor and his little sister boots fell into there laundry vent. They landed in a place called the underland where the cockroaches took them to an arena. Gregor has lost his dad and herd rumors that he is still alive. Gregor is on a quest to save his dad. I think that Gregor the Overlander was a good book, because it had a good story line to it. My favorite part of the is when Gregor jumped off the cliff. My least fav ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Erin marked it as to-read
I really can't wait to get into this series... I love Suzanne Collins!
May 08, 2014 Shaila rated it it was amazing
I am somewhat ashamed to admit how much I loved this series. They are children/young adult books. Honestly I was 34 when I purchased them on my kindle and they held my interest. So much that I read the entire series (all five books) in a week. The kindle package I purchased didn't even have page numbers so I only knew what book and chapter I was on. It didn't matter I read almost non stop. If you think that is sad just think about my poor neglected kids. Ha! Obviously I highly recommend this ser ...more
Courtney Chase
Jun 01, 2014 Courtney Chase rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-read
Picked these up bc I was impressed enough with The Hunger Games series - thought they were genuinely well written and, at least the original concept, was very unique. Thought I'd see what else the author had done. When I saw these predated the HG series and wee children's book, I figured I'd just buy the first one to check it out. (I have a fondness for children's lit.). Was surprisingly engaged in them, ended up buying the whole series. Found the 'alternate world' the author created very intere ...more
Hazel Mier
May 03, 2014 Hazel Mier rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series!!! My cousin, Ian let me borrow the series and I thought it was going to be one of those "boy books". But I was so exited reading the first one, I kept texting him and he was so annoyed! But seriously, Gregor is Ian in another life, Thalia is my sister in a different species, Howard is Carter in a few years. You really know and connect to these characters. People even say I remind them of Luxa!( but I'm not THAT bossy…) though thick runs the plot, it must be my favorite series ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Ebba rated it it was amazing
I think Gregor the overlander is amazing and I would absoultly rekomend it. It is about Gregor who pass through exiting adventures in the downworld. It is hard put away and exiting all the Way throug.

The only bad thing in the serie is the ending in the last book. I think it is sad how Gregor and boots never meet the people in the downworld again. I think the end would be bettet if it had a last Chapter that begins 1, 2 or 4 years later, maybe they meet luxa and the other people in the downworld
Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
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April 7, 2012

These may be books technically written for children, and I did indeed pick them up when I was really young, but the things you learn, the things glimpsed and hinted at, the ones blatantly laid out and slammed into your face: they aren't pretty little fairy tales with lovely beasts-unicorns-and shiny pretty rainbows and pink satin bows and glitter and sequins, princesses and prince charmings, hah no. I picked this book up, unprepared, I saw a world a little kid wasn
May 20, 2015 Milledav rated it liked it
The book Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is a fiction book. This book is set in New York City and in the Underland which is a place where bugs and rats are the size of people. Gregor is a ten year old bot who has a two year old sister named boots. Gregor is on a quest to get back home when he finds out he's in a prophecy that will give him back something that he lost. I somewhat liked this book because one it had action and two you will get attached the characters.
Moataz Muhammad
Apr 11, 2015 Moataz Muhammad rated it really liked it
The Box Set of the Underland Chronicles containing the first 4 books, excluding the final book, was quite a journey indeed. A hell of a ride as some prefer to say.
The amount of mixed emotions that flows through the pages and chapters makes you left awestruck by the amazeness of it all.
But indeed, the whole picture can't be comprehended while the final, and most crucial, set piece is missing. So, while I am currently reading the last part, I can't tell what the writer chose to leave me with. But
Heather C
Jan 14, 2016 Heather C rated it really liked it
I thought this was one of the better kids book series that I read with Cameron. We read these together when he was in 3rd grade. He was really into the first 2, and I was having trouble keeping up with him, especially for the first book. But he lost interest by the end of the 3rd book, but I finished the series. I thought this was really creative and like a scaled back, kid (vs. teen) appropriate version of the Hunger Games.
Rebecca Thomas
Oct 29, 2015 Rebecca Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-261
The Underland Chronicles is a series of 5 books about a boy named Gregor and a city of people who live under the streets of New York City. The genre of this series is fantasy. I rated this series a 5 because I feel like each of the book comes to life through the dialogue, and vivid imagery. The dominant themes of this series are leadership and discovery. I think this series is best suited for 6-8th graders.
Rachel Jolley
Mar 29, 2015 Rachel Jolley rated it liked it
Shelves: lssl-3361
This book was fun and exciting, but it was also a tad scary.

We see in this series that this boys father is missing and while he is trying to find him he magically goes into another world. In this world he is considered a hero and lives up every moment.

I think a fun activity could be allowing your students to dress up as hero's and write a story about what they are trying to save or find!
I enjoyed book 1 of this series where Gregor tumbles down a vent in his laundry room (chasing his two year old sister) to discover they are in a strange underground world. Adventure awaits them as they makes new friends and meets strange creatures including humans with pale (almost see-though skin), large roaches, bats, rats and spiders.
Mar 14, 2015 Melodie rated it really liked it
Someone recommended this as a book she was reading that she got from her son. I was captivated through the whole book. It was predictable, but I didn't care. It really was a fun read. AND wow there was a lot of death for a junior aged book. I suppose this book is not meant for the younger ages who are sensitive at heart.
May 09, 2011 Kendal rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who can read and has good taste in books.

I was drawn to this series from the very first sentence of the first book. I read it in about one day, and right after that I brought it back to the library and told the librarian, "I need the next one right now, please.." Two days later I was back for the next one.. and finished it that day. Only problem was, it was the weekend and I couldn't go back to the library for the fourth book. Worst part? It was a long weekend. :( When I finally got the next one, I was breathless. The series w
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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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Other Books in the Series

Underland Chronicles (5 books)
  • Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles, #2)
  • Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles, #3)
  • Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, #5)

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