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

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  16,854 ratings  ·  764 reviews
Follow Gregor in the fourth enthralling adventure in Suzanne Collins' New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles -- with gorgeous new cover art coming July 1st!
In Book 4 of the bestselling Underland Chronicles, Gregor is drawn ever deeper into a brewing crisis. For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they've claimed, keeping them constantly on t...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published May 1st 2006)
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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
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Apr 18, 2013 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Beth A.
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Emily Freeman
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!
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...more
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.
Joey M
Jan 11, 2008 Joey M rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Donna Siebold
Gregor returns to Underland again, this time he is trying to help Luxa save the Nibblers (mice) from the rats. The rats are being led by an adolescent Bane, the white rat Gregor refused to kill in an earlier adventure. Despite Ripred's upbringing, Bane is obsessed with destroying the Nibblers, who have always had a friendly relationship with humans, and in turn, destroying the humans themselves.

Luxa has a special relationship with the mice having been saved by them when she was trapped during an...more

So, I sped my way through this one, and probably haven't retained as much as I could have. But the gist of it is that Gregor drops back down to the Underland, this time with no immediate prophecy looming over his head, and helps Luxa find out where all the missing mice went, and the mystery of why they suddenly disappeared. Also there's some nasty stuff brewing with the rats, at the heart of which is the unpleasant Bane, whose life was spared by Gregor when the rat was just a baby. Now the Bane...more
Carrie Slager
Gregor and the Marks of Secret is a really great build-up to the final book, in my opinion. We learn about the aftermath of the plague in the third book, characters become much better defined and the ever-present threat of war finally becomes a reality. Honestly, what’s not to like about this book?

Unlike in The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins allows the romance to develop at a natural pace. The young love between Luxa and Gregor begins to bloom, with all of the awkwardness and heartache that it en...more
Næstsidste bog i serien om Gregor skuffer ikke - måske lige med undtagelse af slutningen ....

Gregors mor er stadig indlagt i Regalia, så Gregor og Boots har besøgt Underlandet mange gange siden sidst de var der. Under en fest i Regalia, kommer en flagermus med Luxa's krone, som hun gav til musene med besked om at sende tilbage hvis de nogensinde fik brug for hendes hjælp. Luxa ser det som et nødråb og sætter alt ind for at finde frem til dem i tide.

Gregor og deres andre følgesvende tager med på...more
Wow, I finished that one fast.

This is probably the weakest Underland book I've read so far. That's probably because it isn't particularly action-driven. This story is almost an interlude, and its primary goal is to set up the big finale.

And it does a good job of that. You are left excited to see how the series ends.

But that just means the ending was good. The rest of the novel wasn't nearly as engaging. Luxa and Gregor stumble accidentally on an adventure. But it feels... disjointed, somehow.

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.
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.
All Gregor wants is to go to the Underland for a quick trip and not have to go on some other mission and stay for his friend’s birthday party. But even though that he knows he shouldn’t he still goes to the Underland. All is well until in the middle of the party a messenger bat swoops down and delivers Luxa’s first crown shows at her feet. The symbol of the mice’s distress. And Luxa, Howard, Ares, and of course Boots along with the rest of the group goes on another adventure when Gregor is dragg...more
Wow.... Just wow. These books have just reached the Harry Potter level for me. It was amazing, yet so sad! I cried. I need the last book now!
Greger had a adventure with Boots,Luxu,[a little bit with Ripred]Howard,Hazard,Temp,Thalia,Ares,and Aurora
I have another 3rd grader who read this aloud to me as part of his homework during the year. Picking up the series two years later where I left off with my last 3rd grader and not much has changed in my opinion of the series. This installment is definitely more of the same as we've already gotten.

My 3rd grader really enjoyed it though, and that counts for a lot in my book. It is a great series for kids (I think boys especially) of this age. One thing I did enjoy is the relationship between the m...more
Louise Hunter-davis
I've finally given one of the Underland Chronicle instalments five stars. Gregor and the marks of secret was better than the rest of the books in that it was more intriguing, the writing was better, the characters are all progressing and for once I didn't have that feeling I usually get with Suzanne Collins books that something is missing. Best of all was the way it ended. The other three books all left you wanting more but this book left on a sheer cliff hanger. I can't wait to read the next an...more
Sep 24, 2007 JJ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: listened-to, fantasy
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This book has gotten some criticism, from fans (by which I mean some random guy who saw me holding the first book) for being a step down from previous entries. In fact, I was once advised to just skip this book and read a plot summary. But man, I have no idea what those guys are talking about. For me, this is easily the best book in the series so far. This is the first time I've truly felt a connection to this series and The Hunger Games. And while this wasn't quite as good as that book, or Mock...more
Well the stories have become more grim as the series progresses. Perhaps that's because both Gregor & Boots are growing up. They all have seen too much. But this book beats them all. The rats cannot forgive the humans for the plague. They lash out at one of the allies of the Regalians, committing genocide. The scenes in the book are horrid & another great character dies in the quest to save the allies.

During all this, Gregor starts to realize he has feelings for Luxa even though she som...more
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This has probably been my favorite book of the series so far (I guess that would be why I gave it 5 stars, rather than 4). Since Gregor's mother caught the plague in the Underland, Gregor and boots are able to travel more freely between home and the Underland to visit her. It also ends up being a great escape from the summer heat for Gregor, who needs to wear long sleeves and pants to cover his scars from past adventu...more
‘Gregor and the Marks of Secret’ is the fourth in the series and takes place only a few months after Gregor’s return home having been forced to leave his mother in the Underland as she recovers from the plague. However, he continues to return to visit his friends and train with Ripred (particularly focusing on echolocation), who is finding the Bain increasingly hard to control. Naturally, Gregor has promised he will not become involved in any more adventures. Inevitably, that is not to be.

So I've finished book 4 already, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it, and then I couldn't put it down.
Gregor is back in Underland, he only stopped by to visit his mum and see how everyone was recovering from the plague, but as usual his quick visits are never that simple, the Nibblers send a distress message to Luxa and they set off to find out what is happening to them, a chain of events kick off and things go from bad to worse.
Luxa is back and ready to take control, finally she is using her a...more
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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...more
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