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Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles #3)

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Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice, 2003
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“Gregor’s luminous, supremely absorbing quest takes place in a strange underground land of giant cockroaches, rideable bats, and violet-eyed humans.... Creature depictions are soulful and the plot is riveting….Wonderful.”
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Alexa
Might be my favorite book in the series so far. I love the characters. Gregor, Luxa, Boots, Temp, Ripred, and Ares are all great. And I can totally understand why Ripred is Suzanne Collins's favorite character.

Since this series is for a younger audience, it's a bit more lighter and funnier than The Hunger Games. But really, it's not that much different. Sad things happen. There's war and hunger and death. And there's creepy stuff too. (Like with what happened to a bat in the previous book or the...more
Steve Clark
These books are supposed to be aimed at grades 4-6. I am therefore so very glad I have an 11-year old daughter, because otherwise I wouldn't have a good excuse to read this series--except that they're wildly entertaining and read as easily as putting down the tastiest junk food. As it is, we're having a blast tearing through them as part of our summer. She likes me to read first, because I'm a little better at holding back spoilers, but she's right behind me. The only problem: I'm now into book...more
Erica
Have these Underlanders ever, since Mr. Sandwich took them below, had a non-prophecy day? It seems to me that Gregor is always hopping down the air shaft to go fufill some underground prophecy and no one bats an eye (or eyes a bat, ha ha ha), like prophecy-fulfilling is a daily thing, something everyone knows about and engages in from birth. Like breathing and eating. It makes me think that Sandwich and others scheduled every day from now until the series ends with prophecy-doing.
Getting Gregor...more
Sarah Stewart
I've been on the point of swearing off series because they just seem to drag me on and on without giving me the fulfillment of a journey from exposition through a climax to a conclusion that I expect from a book. It was such a relief to be in the hands of an author who knows what they are doing and can create satisfying story that stands on its own two feet even when it is part of a series.

I'm getting very attached to Gregor and Co. Each character is distinct and memorable--they feel real becau...more
Becky
This series was made to be used as a literary tool for helping kids understand war. I’m just convinced of that. They are amazing, I am so stressed for the characters while reading these, apprehensive of what I see looming in their futures, and that’s a pretty big reaction for books created for twelve year olds. Specifically this book deals with reparations, racism, the effects of long-endured wars and hatreds in shaping culture, the dangers of pacificism, and biological warfare.

The environment i...more
Chris
There's a bit of a formula with the Gregor books.

1. Gregor has a dull home life and the beginning has to remind you of this. His family has real-life problems with money, food, and everything else.
2. For some stupid reason, Gregor finds himself in the Underland again along with his useless 2-year-old sister.
3. Some kind of issue goes down with the humans in the Underland.
4. Gregor, the chosen one, must go on a quest in order to resolve the issue. He battles random creatures and his sister must g...more
Sonja Arlow
Firstly I know that I have never been the target audience for this series but did enjoy the first two books, using them as fluff reads, between books with more substance. However this will be the last book I will read of the series. The writing is too formulated and after the first book nothing new was ever really brought into the story.
Becky Ginther
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Jenben8426
I really am enjoying this series. In fact I think they are getting a bit better each time. I think Collins was really learning how to grip her readers with the first one, and now is picking up speed. Her ability to grip your emotions is becoming stronger. Great storyline this time. Gregor must return to the Underland this time to fulfull the prophecy of blood. A plague has gripped the Underland nations and it will be up to Gregor to help find the cure. Only this time it hits far more close to ho...more
CekMoNSter
Between the first and the second book on the series, I would rate this third book as the second best.
There were a lot of new stuff happening in Underland this time around. Some revelations that left me in disgust especially what happened to all of the infected creatures.

This time around, Gregor had to come back to Underland to attend a meeting to find a cure that will help to cure a fatal plague that had been threatening warmblooded creatures. His mother though, forbid him from entering the land...more
Kendra
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
Hunger Games Bookclub (HGBC)
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
Mike
A quick recap if you haven't been paying attention up until now: this is the third book in a five-book cycle, the first two books were good (but not great), it's by the author of The Hunger Games, and if you haven't read The Hunger Games, you're making remarkably terrible use of your time on this Earth.

All caught up? Good.

This book is probably my least favorite that Collins has written. That's not to say it's bad, but it's just not as entertaining as her other books have been, for a number of re...more
Evan
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins is a very good book, but I have been thinking about one part of the book. Why Doctor Neveeve agreed to create a chemical weapon to use against the creatures living in the underland. Why would she ever think of saying yes to Solovet's request, Solovet must have really persuaded Neveeve to create such a catastrophic weapon to attack something or someone. I believe that Solovet wanted to create such a weapon because she has had enough with t...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was probably the best book in this series. Gregor has to come back to the Underland because he is desperately needed. His mother wants no part of him going back, but she allows him to return for a meeting as long as she can go with him. That means that Boots is to return also.

When Gregor returns it is to find that the Bubonic plague has appeared and his bat, Ares, is terribly afflicted. Gregor is conflicted about going on the quest, but when he finds that his mother has contracted the plag...more
Bonnie
This series really impresses me. It is a children's series, however the author tackles important issues for all ages. I'm impressed with the consistent theme of love and acceptance of all cultures/species that Gregor and his sister Boots continually demonstrate. The book shows how easy that acceptance is for children, and how much more difficult it is as you get older. Learning to overcome prejudices and forgive wrongs is a key theme in this series. Collins shows the complexity of these emotions...more
İlkim
Diğer kitaplara nazaran sönüktü, çok hızlı geçti gibi hissettim. Yine de Luxa'nın dönüşü iyi oldu. Bu arada açlık oyunları serisi ile benzerlikleri yakaladım bu kitapta, Luxa'nın dönüş sahnesi bana feci bir şekilde alaycı kuştaki Peeta'nın dönüşünü hatırlattı. Demek ki yazar bu şekil şaşırtmaları seviyormuş. Kitapta sıcakkanlıları etkileyen bir salgın var. Gregor annesi ve Bot ile yeraltına iniyor, daha sonra annesine salgın bulaşıyor ve savaşçı Gregor tabi ki yollara düşüyor ilacı aramak için....more
Maria M. Elmvang
A 3.5 star review.

A children's book, and like the earlier books in the series, actually nothing special to look at. Yet it has charmed me completely. I think this may have a lot to do with the narrator - I think it might just be one of those books that's better read aloud than read yourself. The plot is fairly standard, but it is a nice comfort read that doesn't even need the rosy glasses of nostalgia to make me enjoy it.

A few surprises about the plague in this one though. I'll be interested to...more
Karen
I am really liking this series written by the same author as hunger games. It's for a younger audience (though it still has plenty of death). I love the humor and the lessons learned. This book in particular teaches that there are other ways to solve conflicts other than war. I really like the message it sends to the younger audience to not use physical violence...that there are plenty of other ways to solve problems. It is refreshing to read of an 11yr old who does NOT like to fight and has ton...more
Donna Siebold
Boots and Gregor are called to return to the Underland to help stop a plague. The plague is affecting only the warmbloods, so Temp the cockroach is unaffected. Gregor's mother is not about to let him and his sister head back down on their own, so she accompanies them. They are told they simply need to attend a council meeting - but nothing is ever simple in the Underland.

Once there, their mother falls victim to the plague. Gregor must go another quest, this time to find the cure for the plague...more
Jennifer Margulis
My 10-year-old son and I have been enjoying this series but I have to confess that this is my least favorite book in the Underland Chronicles so far. Too many awful things happen. Too many people die. And poor Boots, who is one of my favorite characters (despite being a caricature of a toddler and rather implausibly falling--and staying--asleep when it is most expedient for the narrative), is subjected to too much tragedy.

The book begins rather horrifically. After his mother tells Gregor that h...more
Carrie Slager
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins is probably the only series besides Harry Potter that I enjoy more and more as it progresses. Since it is Suzanne Collins’ first series, you can see marked improvements in her writing style, pacing, plot and characterization. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is the third book in the series, but it is definitely my favourite out of all five books.

The main reason I love this series so much is the characters. Suzanne Collins has created an unique, m...more
Ranee
I'm completely amazed with how this series just continues to improve with each book. I never think it's possible for me to love the next book in the series as much as the one I just finished but it keeps happening. Collins covers everything and creates the perfect story from beginning to end, often ripping my heart out along the way. Just simply amazing.
June
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Fictionboy
I've got to be completely honest here, this book just wasn't for me. I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Although I did love the cliff-hanger that held off of this book, which is making me excited to get into book 4. I also really liked how this prophecy was told. I really enjoyed the repeating stanza, and spent hours trying to decipher it myself. However over all there are many things that made me come to the conclusion of a three-star rating.

Why the rating...........?

- This book spent A LO...more
August Busch
Best so far, I really enjoyed the Curse of the Warmbloods. Simple as to say, the themes and character development were better in this book than the previous one. I enjoyed how the characters began to open up and realize things are not as black and white as they originally thought. Gregor and his friends began to see the gray in the world, which I hope will smoothly flow into the next the book.
Ellie
Book #3, and I continue to enjoy the Underlander series. Overall, they remain tight, extremely well-paced action adventures, with empathetic characters and touching relationships.

Compared to the first two, Curse of the Warmbloods was a little less punchy. While the series remains engaging and the evolving politics are awesome, I am beginning to find some of the elements getting tired. For example, Gregor is still hauling his 3-year-old baby sister on adventures. I love Boots, but this was the fi...more
David Hayden
For a middle grade book, Curse of the Warmbloods is dark and violent in a good way. I love the way Collins handles certain mature concepts without dwelling on them, thereby refraining from talking down or up to her audience. She doesn't pull punches. This is a very good thing. My favorite of the Gregor books so far.
Jenna
As I've said before, The Underland Chronicles have been on my shelves since I was a child. I grew up with these books in a similar way that I grew up with Harry Potter, and the complex questions of morality, the exploration of war, and pondering of humanity have all in some way affected me even as an adult. The third book in this series is no less amazing than the first two, and manages to set up and discuss the effects of violence in war in a way that even young kids can understand. The Hunger...more
Lindsey
Once again, I threw myself into the Underland to continue the adventure.

I am really, really surprised that no one is reading these books. I had picked this up at a used book store for next to nothing... brand new.

There are so many things to love about the series. The message is very clear, and good for younger readers (it's geared towards a slightly younger audience than Hunger Games is). The characters stand up for what they believe in, although they are swept along the lines of the "prophesie...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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“Nerrissa? You believe her? Well, you at least have to credit her with a certain instability! Remember when she told you that I was going to take over the Fount with and army of Lobsters?" said Ripred.

You did try to take over the Fount with an army of Lobsters." said Vikus.

Yes, yes, but it was years before she was born. My point is, she flip-flops in and out of time like a fish in shallow waters." answered Ripred.”
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