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Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles #5)

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In this action-packed finale of the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, after a war to end all wars. 91,448 print.
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Turtleback Books (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Instead of beginning back in New York, a few months after the previous novel, the fifth, and final, book in The Underland Chronicles takes place almost immediately after Marks of Secret. After declaring war against the rats and their hitler-esque leader, The Bane, the Underlanders are preparing for the mighty war that Sandwich predicted. Gregor, Boots and the gang (joined by a surprise member of Gregor's family) rush to decode the Code of Claw according to the final prophecy. FIlled with nonstop ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Trina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this last book in the Gregor the Overlander series, Suzanne Collins achieves the impossible. She made me cry over the reported death of a rat. It is a testament to her skill at writing these characters in such a way that they seem so real, so believable, so sympathetic. She does a fantastic job of painting each creature in shades of gray. There is no one that is all good or all bad. Perhaps that is what makes them seem so real. I fought tears for the entire last half of this book. I'm sure pa ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this series a lot, and I liked this book for the most part. I think that I'd give it a 3.5 if I could. The ending didn't give me the closure that I'd like.


I felt like Gregor's connection with the Underland after the final battle wasn't clear. You're not sure if he's moving, if he'll ever go to the Underland again, if he'll ever see Luxa again, how he'll handle trying to be a normal 12 year old again after all that he has been through and all th
Dec 06, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, #5), Suzanne Collins
عنوان: تاریخ اعماق زمین - کتاب 5 - گریگور و رمز سرپنجه؛ نویسنده: سوزان کالینز؛ مترجم: عاطفه احمدی؛ تهران، ویدا، چاپ اول و دوم 1392؛ در 323 ص؛ شابک: 9786002910356؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 Darren Hagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I always judge series endings way more harshly, otherwise it would've maybe been a 5 star. It was a great ending filled with action and battles and a large amount of bloodshed, but I personally think the battle between Gregor and the Bane was over too quickly. I also think they killed off someone else rather unspectacularly. The last chapter was nice, but not what I wanted to happen. Or perhaps a nice little epilogue with Gregor going back to Underland would've done it for me. I lov
May 16, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the last of the 5 Underland books, and I enjoyed them all immensely. They were recommended to me by a 3rd grader who knows his stuff.

I would definitely place these up there among my favorite children's/fantasy series. They walk a really interesting line between being meant for children (the protagonist is 12) and being pretty violent. I'll have to compare them some to my other faves: The writing isn't as quick or cerebral as in the Lemony Snicket books, but I think it is generally bett
Oct 01, 2009 Carie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'm not sure what to rate this...maybe 4.5? It was just as wonderful and thoughtful as all of the books in the series, but the ending was SO unsettling and disturbing to me. I can't help but be plagued by the question: "What happened next?" There was also quite a lot of violence and sadness (neither of which was unexpected, given the way the series progressed). I would love to have had an epilogue or revisiting of the characters several years after the events of the book. I didn't feel qui ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I plan on owning this entire series. I want all my kids to read it. I loved the 5th book SO MUCH...I give it 5 stars!!! The combination of humor, tragedy, suspense, adventure, mystery, drama, and romance had me glued to each page, staying up WAY TOO LATE because I couldn't put it down. I'm so sad the series is done. I would LOVE to see some more books about Gregor and his Underland friends.

The ending was my favorite kind: Bittersweet. Lots of sadness and tragedy (I admit I cried several times th
Nov 14, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did I love this more then Harry Potter and Percy Jackson? Not quite, but I have to admit, I've really enjoyed myself with this entire series. Not only was it action packed, suspenseful and has some really great humor, but it's also a fun creepy world that you can't help but get lost in, even though reading about giant rats and bugs still gave me the willies here and there.

Gregor and The Code of Claw was an excellent ending to a wonderful series. It's not quite the happy ending that I admit I was
Aug 14, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kidlit
A great ending to the series! Ripred rocks!
Aug 30, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the plot and characters just as much as the previous books, but I was a little disappointed in the ending.

It's an ok ending for a book in the middle of a series, but not complete enough for the end of a series - I'd be much happier if she'd write another book to answer the questions she left at the end. I mean, she makes such a big deal about Gregor and Luxa not being able to stand the idea of being separated earlier in the book, and then at the end it's like, oh we'll just go our sep
Sep 24, 2010 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think people would have been prepared for Mockingjay if they had read the Underland Chronicles first, especially this book.

And I remember people complained about the epilogue in Mockingjay, and least it got an epilogue. :(

I had a couple of questions about the ending, and I planned on listing them in this review. But I think I probably just need some time to really think about it and figure it out. (Use my imagination. What Suzanne Collins would probably say to me if I asked her these
A very strong finish for this series. Honestly, I think that the first book was the weakest, and that's really a shame, because I fear it may turn some people away from finishing the series. One thing is for sure, this little series is not nearly as popular as it deserves to be. I hope to recommend it a lot in the future, because it has slowly made its way to one of my favorite fantasy series.

Of course, the fact that this is the last book in the series makes it difficult for it to be satisfying
Jun 30, 2009 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2010
Like some of the other reviewers of this book/series, I was unsettled by the ending of the book. There were so many loose ends, unanswered questions, that when I shut the back cover, I leaned back and thought, "This can't be the end." I've convinced myself that it has ended this way because it's the only way that makes sense. Life goes on, after the plot of a book/series comes to an end, doesn't it? The "problem" is that we've come to love, adore, sympathize so much with the main characters (not ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Ranee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction, 2015
Sad that it's over. This was a fabulous series and I'll miss these characters a lot. The ending was realistic, although I kind of wanted more. Otherwise, great read!
I have nothing but unadulterated respect and admiration for Suzanne Collins. I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in fifth grade, and Mockingjay in sixth grade almost as soon as it came out. In retrospect, I was too young to be reading them. I just flat-out didn't get the first two books of the trilogy when I first read them - was cheering for the violence and destruction, the same way I did in Percy Jackson or Maximum Ride. Mockingjay finally hit home with me, and I realized just how te ...more
Desislava Filipova
Петата част от Подземни хроники е за последната битка, която ще определи бъдещето на всички същества. Всички са понесли много загуби - жертви, ранени, опустошения.
В основата пак стои Пророчесто - за шифъра на ноктите, който е толкова важен, че от него зависи изхода на войната. Информацията винаги е била много по-могъща от всякакви оръжия.
Грегор и Лукса извървяха дълъг път и се наложи твърде рано и бързо да пораснат.
The final prophecy calls for the death of the warrior and Gregor is the warrior, so in the end will he be dead? This question and the answer causes turmoil for Gregor, and his dealings with the Underland have so far been directed by the prophecies written by Sandwich, so in Gregor's mind he is to die to save the Underland.

Gregor's sister "the princess" has an important task, she must break the code that the rats are using; in breaking the code Regalia will be saved from being destroyed. Gregor's
Oct 22, 2012 Ily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this whole series. We listened to the audio books as a family and we all wanted to keep driving just so we could read more. We ended up taking a road trip From Ut to KS to visit family, but also so we could finish the books!

The last book was more violent than I would have liked. I also was not satisfied with the lack of details of what happens to the family once they leave the Underland. Overall though, I feel that the story ended well and that it was good read for us all to shar
Nov 14, 2009 Britani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YEA!! Done with the series. LOVE ME SUZANNE COLLINS! The thing I loved about these last 2 books is they deal alot with prophecy and predestiny versus choice and deciding what is right and who to beleive. She really fleshes out the inner conflict of these things and the battles and story did not disappoint!! The only thing I had a hard time with is the ending because I didn't want it to end that way. But if I tried to change it I couldn't see a way to make it work any other way. You know how you ...more
I love book reading marathons. The book delivered what was promised. Nothing more, nothing less.
This was the first book to ever make me sob
Becky Ginther
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Mar 24, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to even think what to say about this entire series. Suzanne Collins is a phenomenal writer. I read these books after I read the Hunger Games trilogy and I have to say that they were really every bit as well-written, thought-provoking, and emotionally involved as that series, even though we are dealing with an 11 year old protagonist.

It's amazing that she can create a very believable world based underneath the streets and subways of New York City.

I read the first two books, paused for
Apr 07, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have got through this series so quickly it's unbelievable and I'm actually quite sad it's over, I got full immersed in the world and don't really want to leave it yet.
This book is the last one in the series and my word does it go out with a bang. Everything comes together for one last war and not everyone will survive.
Gregor finds out that the last prophecy left declares that 'the warrior' must die. He knows it is referring to him and there is no way he can get out of it. If he doesn't fight t
Easy to get through. I do enjoy books that have riddles, stuff to solve, reminds me of all those Brian Jacques books I used to read in junior high, especially because this series has giant talking creatures. which was fun.

I liked that there was no right sides and wrong sides, that everyone had, at some point, been complete bastards to someone else.

I really liked the characters in this series, although I felt that it was a little random that Gregor was secretly a total ninja deep down inside. An
May 05, 2009 Bakeshow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was I the only person totally annoyed by the romance between TWELVE YEAR OLDS???? I mean, Come ON! I dont care who you are- twelve year old's do not know what it really means to be in love- heck I dont know what it really means.

I thought it was gory and gross and not well played out. I read through all the books just because I had to see how it all ended up. Personally, i thought the humans should have left the underworld. They dont really belong there anyway. And nothing was resolved with the f
Lydia Presley
Unbelievable. I never expected the series to end like this and all I can say is.. WOW. WOW WOW WOW.

I shouldn't be surprised. Suzanne Collins captured my attention with The Hunger Games and kept it through Catching Fire. When I first began to read about Gregor and Boots I thought.. man, this is a cute story - and funny! and full of adventure.

Now, as I sit here wiping away my tears and trying to recover from the emotional upheaval the last 50 pages of the book caused in me.. I think I am finally g
Jul 05, 2010 Cliff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To bookend my reading of this series, I figured I'd write a review for it. Suzanne Collins's Underland Chronicles will sit right alongside other children's fantasy classics. In many ways, I found myself drawing comparisons to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Cycle, in only positive aspects.

The overall series is fairly strong. I think that's clear from the ratings I gave them. But there are some weaknesses to be found. The reliance on constant prophecies gets a little repetitive. I think she herself add
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Underland Chronicles (5 books)
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“The War Has Been Declared.
Your Ally Been Ensnared.
It Is Now Or It Is Never.
Break The Code Or Die Forever.

Time Is Running Out
Running Out
Running Out

To the Warrior Give My Blade
By His Hand Your Fate Is Made
But Do Not Forget the Ticking
Or the Clicking, Clicking, Clicking
While a Rat's Tongue May Be Flicking
With Its Feet It Does the Tricking
For the Paw and Not the Jaw
Makes the Code of Claw

Time Is Standing Still
Standing Still
Standing Still

Since the Princess Is the Key
To Unlock the Treachery
She Cannot Avoid the Matching or the Scratching, Scratching, Scratching
When a Secret Plot is Hatching
In the Naming Is the Catching
What She Saw, It Is the Flaw
Of the Code of Claw

Time is Turning Back
Turning Back
Turning Back

When the Monster's Blood Is Spilled
When the Warrior Has Been Killed
You Must Not Ingore the Rapping
Or the Tapping, Tapping, Tapping
If the Gnawers Find you Napping
You Will Rot While They Are Mapping
Out the Law of Those Who Gnaw
In the Code of Claw”
“Never," said Gregor. "I'll never get rid of you, no matter how hard I try." It was no longer an effort to say the words. "I love you."
"I love you, too," said Luxa.
After that there was nothing left to say.”
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