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

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It's only a few months since Gregor and Boots returned from the Underland, leaving their mother behind to heal from the plague. Though Gregor's family receives frequent updates on her condition, they all know Gregor must return to fulfill his role as the warrior who is key to the Underlanders' survival. Accompanied by his now-talkative, potty-trained little sister Boots, s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Scholastic Inc. (first published May 1st 2006)
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Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
Such a flipping great series. Only one 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
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
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
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
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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
Jun 27, 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
Aug 20, 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
Apr 18, 2013 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
Деница Райкова
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
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

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
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
Alessandro Duran
Sep 12, 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
Jun 08, 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
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
Emily Freeman
Aug 09, 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!
Denae Christine
Apr 22, 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
Mar 08, 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.
Joey M
Jan 11, 2008 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
Feb 24, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little bit of a bridging book. Got a slow start of sorts, with parties and training and foreshadowing. Much of the action is driven by secrets—appropriately enough, given the title—and it takes awhile to see how things fit together within the prophetic context of the over-arching narrative. But more than fitting those puzzle pieces together, this story turns victims and aggressors on its head once again. In the last book, the rats were largely the victims of a human-spread plague. This time, t ...more
Nov 26, 2015 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
Jennifer Margulis
The fourth book in the Gregor the Overlander series, in this novel Gregor, Luxa, Boots, and a host of others leave Regalia on a "picnic" that turns into a nightmare. They are looking for the nibblers, who are being threatened by an unknown and unseen force. This book is very grim and dark. One of Gregor's group is killed, there is a mass genocide that he and his young companions witness.

For all the travel (this time to the Firelands) and fighting, not much happens in this book. My 12-year-old s
Brad Nelson
Oct 11, 2015 Brad Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gregor and the Marks of Secret is the fourth installment of the five book series Gregor the Overlander. After the first few books being exceptionally good, I expected this one to be around the same level as the other three but it instead exceeded them and brought a whole new perspective of the series to me. The book is about a boy named Gregor who again finds himself under ground in a strange cave-like world known as the underland. Inside this underland there are many bigger-than-normal sized cr ...more
Rebecca Lang

"Bat, bat,
"Come under my hat,
"I will give you a slice of bacon,
"And when I bake, I will give you a cake,
"If I am not mistaken."

For once, there's no prophecy. Instead, Gregor (twelve now) comes to Underland to beat the New York heat, hang out with his friends, sing silly songs, dance, and attend royal birthday parties. It turns out that without all those nasty wars threatening to break out, Underland is a pretty cool place.

"Now the guests are at the door
"Greet them as we have before.
Feb 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Gregor and the Marks of Secret is probably the saddest in the Underland Chronicles. It really brings to mind the Holocaust, in a way. Also, the Bane finally appears as a villain and there is lots of buildup for the final book. This is another series where the books get better and better, and I love that.

The Bane is slightly creepy and disturbing, especially if you look at his first appearance in the tunnels with Ripred and Gregor and then his appearance at the front of a rat horde. The transform
Dec 20, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life has changed a lot without his mom's presence at home. Gregor makes frequent trips to the Underland to visit her and the rest of his friends, and although not everything is peaceful, he doesn't have the shadow of a prophecy hanging over him. But even without a prophecy, he finds himself on another quest. The nibblers are vanishing, and Luxa is determined to figure out why.

The series keeps getting darker: the fate of the nibblers is presented in all its stark brutality. It's the simple detail
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
Feb 26, 2014 Brynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
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
Susan Jones
Feb 15, 2016 Susan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregor and his sister Boots are regular visitors to Underland, where their mother is slowly recovering from injuries incurred in the previous episode. Gregor is supposed to be studying echolocation with his rat friend, Ripred the Gnawer, but hes doing very badly. Ripred has his own problems, largest of which is Bane, the once-sweet little baby Gnawer whom the protagonist refused to kill in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Scholastic, 2004). Bane, now a half-grown monster of a rat, is surprisingl ...more
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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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