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Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  24,210 ratings  ·  1,359 reviews
Gregor learns of his role in another Underland prophecy, yet he swears he will never return to that place. But his vow crumbles when his little sister, Boots, is snatched. Gregor knows it is a ploy to lure him to the subterranean world, but he gives in and heads back underground, where he is reunited with his bat, Ares, the princess Luxa, and new allies. Together, they des ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published 2004)
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Becky
After staying up until 1 in the morning to finish book 1 I was eager to dig into book 2. I was at work today and had to go out in my lunch break, but luckily I finished early today so once I got home at 3.30 I got to sit down and get stuck in. By 5.00 I was over halfway through. This one is 50 pages longer than book 1, coming in at 308 pages, but that is still not a lot for me.
I stopped for dinner then picked the book up again and was finished by 7.00. Once again I had powered through it, swept
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Jackie
Okay, so after finishing Gregor the Overlander, I couldn’t wait to get to the second installment. I was left wondering at the aftereffects of Gregor’s return. How did he tell his mom about his adventures and how did she react? By the end of the first book I was just as worried as Gregor was about his return.

Unfortunately, home life hasn’t gotten any easier for Gregor and his family. Economically, they’re still struggling and emotionally they’re still dealing with the mysterious happenings of Un
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Lindsey
Why is NO ONE talking about this series?!?!?

It's not quite as "adult" as the Hunger Games trilogy but I think that this series is so so so much better. You follow a boy and his sister as they fight rats in the Underland.

This book actually had me on the edge of my seat towards the end. AND it left off on a cliffhanger so I'm glad that when I found this book I got the next one in the series as well.
9 3/4

Suzanne Collins is a masterful author. The Hunger Games trilogy is a masterpiece. One of my most favorite books. I do believe that in a few years it will become a classic. When I was done with the Hunger Games trilogy with the release of Mockingjay I was thirsty for more books by her. So I decided to try her first series, the Underland Chronicles. When I opened the pages of Gregor the Overlander last year, I admit it: I was affraid. Not because it is a book that appeals to children, since I love
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Kwoomac
I wish I knew a 10-12 year old boy I could recommend this series to. The story line is great. Our hero Gregor who is probably about 12 discovers an underground world filled with pale humans who haven't seen the light of day in forever, along with lots of giant rodents, roaches and bats. Pretty cool. Not too scary. This is Book #2 in a series so you know the hero survives. He's flawed and his family life is far from perfect. My favorite character continues to be Boots. Love her interactions with ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Another great book in this series.
Read to my son who is enjoying it.
Better than the first, in my opinion.
Moataz Muhammad
The Prophecy of Bane predicted the return of Gregor the overlander to the underland world to take the light of the Bane and return the light to Regalia. That's the one-sentence layout of the book.
But to try and describe the amount of emotions this book contains, it'd be challenging to try to describe it.
In this book, Collins made an improvement. She took more care of the psychological profiling of the main characters and some of the side characters.
Boots is still my favorite character.
This book'
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Nymeria
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Adama
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Lucy
An absolutely brilliant sequel to Gregor the Overlander. Anyone doubting Suzanne Collins' storytelling prowess should definitely give this series a try. I'd love to see Collins write a book for adults, since she's proven with this series and The Hunger Games that she's capable of writing fantastic, engaging stories for both children and young adults with ease.

I ordered the third book before I'd even finished this one and I'm very glad I did - there's a few loose ends at the end of this one that
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Ms.Kim
What a cliffhanger!
I really like this as a middle grade (and even older) series, because it fits into the whole "hero's journey" type of coming of age genre. It's neat to see how Gregor is shifting in his perspective about the Underland. Finding out that the crucial aspect of his character, that he is a Rager (won't tell you what that is), complicates his own internal conflicts. It was an ominous ending to the book, and then when I saw the title for book 3 it all made sense.

Sorry these reviews
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Sonic
I loved the book because there were a lot of twists and turns. The bane was a baby rat and I thought the bane was going to be Huge. When Gregor and Arise returned from the Labrynth Gregor heard boots in the hall of the castle near the room that he was staying in for the night. When he arrived at the door he could hear his sister at, he opened the door and saw boots and 6 cockroaches all around her. Gregor heard that Luxa and Aroaru did not make it back. Next trip Gregor will help Vikus find his ...more
August Busch
If half stars were available I would actually rate this a 3.5. I find the Underland Chronicles interesting and enjoy Gregor's adventures. This book was good, even though I had a few issues with the characters. I felt 50 percent of the book dwelled on characters emotions and their reaction at the end of the first book. If you look pass the repetitive explainations and emotions, the book was entertaining. Clearly the issues I have with this one was not crucial because I plan on starting the third ...more
John Carrithers
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Kris
This continues to be a pretty good series. A little more fleshing out of the key characters, and some good, solid action. I'm glad we got to see more of Gregor's family, and I expect at some point there'll be more than just Gregor and Boots visiting the Underland.
I'm impressed that, with this being a juvenile book, the author doesn't shy away from death. In a story like this, there are going to be some characters dying, and Collins makes sure the reader knows that, and knows the effect death ha
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Mari
I'm loving this series so much. To be perfectly honest, there are some reasons to knock a star off the rating, most of them simply relating back to the fact that it's a middle grade book. I mean, it is surprisingly layered and deals with some big consequences for it's main character, Gregor. There was a bit of repetition in the story telling and the communication of his emotions that I can see wearing on a more adult reader.

For me, personally, I just loved Gregor so much, that I didn't mind. He
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This book takes place underground where spiders are 6 feet tall, and cockroaches are 8 feet tall. Rats are 10 feet tall and are very scary. Gregor is sent for and goes down there once again...
Charlotte
In this sequel to Gregor the Overlander, Gregor returns to the Underland to find and kill the Bane. It's a quick, easy read that took me slightly less than 2 days to finish.

The more I read of Suzanne Collins' books, the more impressed I am with her as a writer. These are Junior Fiction books, but the stories carry an emotional heft & maturity that is sometimes lacking in fiction written for tweens. (Ok, I admit to crying again in this one!) I love that the hero is faced with difficult choice
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Kimberlee
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Alicia
Lots of excellent character development and further fun in this sequel to Gregor the Overlander. I loved learning a bit more about Gregor's other sister, Lizzie, and the mysterious, insightful Mrs. Cormaci. In some ways this book only became sillier than the first, adding mercenary fireflies to the already well-rounded cast of talking animals and insects, but I can sense that Collins wrote with a hidden sense of humour. I get the impression that she wouldn't be too uptight to laugh at herself an ...more
Cayden E.
I just started the second book of underland chronicals it is a really good series.I think this book is a action packed novel but if you read them out of order you will not understand whats going on.So in the book these huge roaches took his little sister named boots.Gregor finds another gateway near central park that gateway leads to the underland.He thought it would be his last time ever going there well he was totally wrong.He starts to search for his sister and he is walking down a tunnel and ...more
Brad
I give this book a five star rating not because it is "great literature" in the sense that The Count of Monte Cristo or A Tale of Two Cities is great lit, but because it is an awesome story told very well. With this novel, Suzanne Collins has secured her entry in my list of favorite authors. I hadn't planned to finish it last night, but it was too good not to and so I stayed up late.

Great characters, particularly Gregor. He's realistic, but a good example for kids who read about him. I love seei
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Alexander Draganov
Heart-warming tale of adventure, bravery and what makes you a true hero. In a children's book Suzanne Collins shows an extreme ability to develop her characters in a way, which I haven't seen since the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Gregor is a great, inspiring hero and in the same time a young boy, prone to the errors of his age, vulnerable to the cruelty of life and still not bad because of it. The supporting cast of characters is also fantastic and colourful and the plot twist with the ...more
Jenben8426
Just as good if not better than the first in the series. I'm really enjoying this one. I can't wait until my boys are a little older--this is such a good boy book--giant bats and rats, sword fights, swimming dinosaurs, mazes, man/bat/anything eating gnats, just all around "boy" stuff.

Gregor has been home from the Underland for only a few months, when he is forced to go back when his little sister Boots disappears. Gregor soon learns that there is another prophecy that he must decipher and fulfil
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Kristy Orr
Another well written book. I am hoping that some of the characters that are missing/presumed dead come back in the next book...I miss them-especially Twitchtip. I thought I was gonna cry when they had to leave her. I had a feeling that Boots would return and be okay, thank goodness that worked out.
Kyle Sugay
Do you like adventures? Then you should read Gregor and The Prophecy of Bane. This is the second book of the series Gregor the Overlander. This book's genre is adventure. I thought this book was interesting because every time I read a chapter I don't want to put the book down.

This book is about Gregor. In the beginning Gregor took his sister to go sledding. When he wasn't looking Boots was taken away by huge cockroaches. Gregor forgot about the portal to the underworld in the park. When Greogo
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Darnel
This book is really good it has a lot of action and there's allot of plot twists.
Its been a long time since the event of the first book. Gregor said that he would never go back to the underworld,The Bane a white rat believes that he will come back. The Underlanders lure Gregor back by getting the crawlers to kidnapping his little sister Boots. Gregor finds his way back to were they took his sister. In the tunnels he is chased by evil giant rats but is saved by his bond mate Ares, and princess Lu
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Isabella
Suzanne Collins goes really deep into this book. I feel like if I saw one if these characters in a crowd i could point them out. Reading this book was thrilling.
Elizabeth
The plot of Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is much more complex than in the first one. The resolution of this prophecy makes it apparent that what is taken at face value is rarely the true answer. And yet, what is taken at face value is often true, as well. In this case, both the first interpretation of the prophecy and the one that was actually the correct resolution were true, technically.

Oh, Ripred. I like you more with each book. The same goes for Boots, Temp, and Ares. I also really like H
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Charli
SLJ review:

Gr 5-8-With more than capable narration by actor Paul Boehmer, Suzanne Collins's second novel in the Underland Chronicles series (Scholastic, 2004) practically vibrates with excitement and adventure. It takes a bit of time to catch up on characters and events from the first book, but enough hints are dropped along the way to make this accessible to new listeners. Gregor is an Overlander, an 11-year-old who lives in New York City. Boots, his toddler sister, disappears into the Underlan
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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 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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“Oh, be quiet, Fo-Fo.” 40 likes
“If Under fell, if Over leaped,
If death was life and Death life reaped,
Something rises from the gloom,
To make the Underland a tomb

Hear it scratching down below,
Rat of long forgotten snow,
Evil cloaked in coat of White,
Will the Warrior drain your light?

What could turn the Warrior week?
What do burning Gnawers seek?
Just a barely speaking pup
That holds the Land of Under up

Die the baby, die his heart
Die his most essential part
Die the peace that rules the hour,
Gnawers have their key to power”
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