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Closer (Tunnels #4)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  3,302 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Closer to victory...or closer to death? An army of darkness is on the march: Who won't escape with their life? The fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling TUNNELS series!

At long last reunited with his dad, Will now spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun," decoding the cryptic glyphs carved into its three mysterious temples--or eyeing the wild animals

Hardcover, 527 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Chicken House (first published April 30th 2010)
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Jul 30, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant addition to the Tunnels series. Very fast paced and action heavy, it was a quick read and better than the book that came before (Freefall, which was also excellent).

This book is an excellent addition to the Tunnels series. It follows on from 'Tunnels' 'Deeper' and 'Freefall'.

'Closer' is as much a page-turner as the other three and it is slightly easier to read and enjoy. This could be partially related to the plot being interchanged between different members in the group, as well as d
Jackson Chapman
Feb 22, 2015 Jackson Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Closer by Roderick Gordon is a very interesting book. Will is in the center of the earth, in a place no one knows even exists. He and his friend Elliot have to escape from this world deep inside the earth to prevent the evil Styx from using a virus to take over the outside world. On the surface, Drake, another of Will's friends, plots against the Styx and tries to stop them. I liked this book because it had a lot of action and suspense, like when Drake is carrying out on his plan to stop the Sty ...more
Karl Orbell
Aug 22, 2014 Karl Orbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was another rollercoaster.

My good friend who read these before me said, in answer to my question about whether they were still as good this far in to the series as they were at the start, that they were getting better if anything. Perhaps, yes, perhaps. Certainly no worse, still intense and vaguely infuriating in the way of all slightly bleak situations that aren't going the way one would hope they might.

The series has a terrible, though entertaining, habit of people not dying when th
Apr 07, 2011 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 04, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ages 10-14. Book 4 of the Tunnel series. In this futuristic world, Will, Elliott and Dr. Burrows have left Rebecca One for dead and have taken a "journey to the center of the earth", where they've discovered pyramids and vestiges of an early civilization. Chester is taken hostage by crazy Martha on their journey Topsoil (aboveground), and must escape to find his parents. Drake, taken for dead, has made an alliance with Elliott's father, a Styx (the enemy) who claims to be against the Styx's camp ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...You've probably read the other 3 tunnels books... if you haven't.... suffice it to say.... Get. Them. Read. Them. Love. Them.
I love this series.

P.S. If you have red this... poor Chester gets all the badness... badosity? Badovity?
Mar 16, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I loved the series because they use strong vocabulary and description, so I learn a lot of new words. The characters are always scheming, and making plans that depend on many factors, I would find it hard to be able to come up with things like that.
Nov 17, 2010 Sitti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always assumed that the adventure of Will Burrows and friends are over in Closer. I was completely wrong. The story gets bigger and better and all the more addictive. I couldn't put it down.
Casey Middlebrooks
This is one of the better books of the series, but I am ready for the story to wrap up. How long are they going to milk this story; when can we expect the conclusion?
Icy White
Jan 07, 2016 Icy White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite book from Tunnels series!!!!
Mar 27, 2016 P42 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
this books are totally underrated
I didn't like one thing in last chapter but generally - epic
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
I had been waiting for months for the fourth installment of the Tunnels series, "Closer", to be released.

And finally it has.

I read the book in a couple of days, so caught up was I in the ever-developing story of Will and friends.
The previous three novels have been a joy for me, pure ecstasy.
I adore the whole world Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams have spun from their creative imaginations and I am so glad I have had the privilege of seeing the plot bloom and thrive, pulsate with excitement and
Nov 18, 2016 Pablo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pues para ser honestos, me parece un paso atrás en la saga. Como toda buena saga juvenil que se precie, los acontecimientos se van haciendo cada vez más adultos, lo cuál se agradece. Eso sí, la sensación de que acabas el libro en la misma situación en la que lo empezaste no ayuda a avanzar la trama. Que el acontecimiento más impactante del libro ocurre a la mitad hace que el momento álgido se desvanezca. Eso sí, entretenido es un rato, se deja leer. A por el quinto
Butuh nyaris 2 minggu untuk menyelesaikan buku ini, tepatnya sih 12 hari
Saya sempat kebingungan soal lokasi cerita dengan adanya pencantuman daerah dengan matahari yg selalu bersinar di dalam pusat bumi.
Julie S.
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Jan 04, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read books 1, 2, & 3 and loved them.
Recommended to Kayla by: That one girl Megan :)
Imagine a pile of snow blowing up in your face. That's what reading Closer is like.
Why snow? Because if snow did happen to blow up in your face one day, you'd probably think, "What the--? Snow doesn't do that!! That can't happen!!" And while reading this entire book, you're bound to think the same: "What the--? That can't happen! That did not just happen!" Well, it did. In the form of pure awesomeness.
***I will warn you, there are some spoilers from here on out. If you wish not to be spoiled, th
Ashly Castillo
Sep 30, 2016 Ashly Castillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Setelah penyerangan mendadak oleh Will dan Elliot, kembar Rebecca terpaksa harus melarikan diri. Parahnya lagi, Rebecca Satu terluka. Rebecca Dua pun berusaha menyelamatkan saudaranya dan akhirnya berhasil tiba di suatu tempat yang penuh dengan pasukan Jerman.

Sementara itu, Chester dan Martha berhasil menuju permukaan bumi. Malang bagi Chester, begitu sampai ke permukaan, kelakuan Martha semakin menggila. Martha menyandera Chester untuk memastikan agar anak itu tidak kabur. Martha member
Michelle Mouse
Mar 11, 2012 Michelle Mouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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La cuarta entrega de Túneles verdaderamente lleva tus emociones al límite, estamos más cerca del final, más cerca de la verdad y más cerca de entender quienes son los verdaderos enemigos.

Es cierto que muchas de las acciones de los styx no están encaminadas por el camino del bien pero también es cierto que ellos lo único que quieren lograr es la salvación del planeta que comparten con los seres de la Superficie. Aquellos seres de la Superficie han acabado con el planeta Tierra y no son los único
Timothy Kisare
Oct 24, 2012 Timothy Kisare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By: Roderick Gordon
pages: 508
Genre: Fiction

"Closer," (the fourth installment in the "Tunnels" series) is probably the best one since the very first book, Tunnels (also the name of the book series). In the series, protagonists Will Burrows and Chester discover an hidden hole outside Will's house, which they explore and eventually leads them to a massive underground city called The Colony. From there, Will and Chester must adapt to the new life there while trying to find a way back home. In
I guess maybe you had to have read the first books in the series. I like a page-turner fantasy, especially an alternate-world type. This one was about a race of people who live way below the surface of the earth and tunnel up to have a hand in the course of world events. I picked the book up at our local library and so it was very much like coming into the last part of the last season of a series. There were lots of cuts to different scenes, lots of back story, and lots of tying of loose ends th ...more
Reece Hess
Oct 15, 2015 Reece Hess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th-8th grade level
Recommended to Reece by: classmate (name kept private)
After reading the book Closer by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, I give this book a total of four out of five stars. I give this book that rating mainly because of like I stated in my review of the previous book, Freefall, that the series continues to find new ways to entertain and build up story. They were so far successful in my view point. Although I only gave it four/five stars because of the different and confusing vocabulary sometimes, I still enjoy this series as one of my favorites.

Aurora Dimitre
Jul 03, 2013 Aurora Dimitre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this book is four stars is because I haven't read the others in this series for a long, long time and really had no idea what was going on. Half of the people I didn't remember, apart from the main characters.

But, all of me not remembering what this series is about aside, this is a seriously good book. Before reading, I remember thinking that they should just end the series already, but now that I've read this one... there's a lot more stuff to wrap up. Maybe it's because Freefa
Emma Ruth
Sep 30, 2015 Emma Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started the Tunnels series in 2008 when one of my friends lent me her copy. I instantly fell in love with the series and it's characters, though it took me another two years before I braved the school library and borrowed the second book and then another three before I finally read the third book. Since then, I've had the series on hold at the public library just waiting for my list of to-reads to diminish. And then the time came, they were ready for pick up, the last three books in series. I ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I've generally enjoyed this series so far, but with this book and the one before, I've had a hard time sympathizing with any of the characters. I know most sci-fi is plot-driven rather than character-driven, but I feel so disconnected from these characters at times that when one character dies in this book, I was actually glad to be rid of that person. The characters are flat, and some of the events of the last two novels seem unnecessary. I'm still not sure what the function of the Land of the ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Caleb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Closer is a book based in present day London. The two main characters are Will Burrows and Dr.Burrows who find an inner world on their treacherous journey to the surface of the Earth. While they are there Dr.Burrows is shot to death by his fake daughter Rebecca who turns out to have a twin sister. Closer involves many shoot out scenes and and numerous deaths perfect for people who like action and adventure

Closer is also a very strong page turner because every page is filled with suspense built
Jan 17, 2014 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually never finished this one. I meant to come back to it, I did, but it was a library book already a month overdue, and honestly, I was getting bored. The plot was exciting enough (full of things you would never even think would make a good story but somehow do) and I liked the characters, but I don't know, there were just parts -long, dragging parts- where I found myself skipping more than half a page just to find something interesting. I realize that these are long books and it's bound t ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Sujitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer was the 4th book and the next part of the adventure to the Tunnels series. If you didn't read the last 3 book, then you will be lost right from the start. I read the last book in February and I almost forgot the situation Will was in against the Styx. All the character start out being separated in the center of the earth. Like all the other books, Roderick Gordon takes way to long to get to the main story. Gordon seems to keep relating things to Freefall the last book. Will and his fathe ...more
Libros Sótano
Jun 16, 2014 Libros Sótano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al igual que el anterior, es de lectura rápida y ágil, especialmente porque gran parte de la novela está centrada en la acción y los peligros a afrontar, se consumen con velocidad las palabras y las páginas porque ansiamos llegar a las respuestas y la sensación de poder refugiarnos en un lugar seguro para poder detenernos a pensar. Así mismo hay varios personajes nuevos que traerán nuevas historias y nuevas esperanzas para salvar a la superficie, como Eddie, cierto styx que tiene mucho que conta ...more
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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he grew up in Highgate, North London, and eventually went to University College where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he spent some time in the wilderness when he played in a few bands, then somehow fell into a jo ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Tunnels (6 books)
  • Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)
  • Deeper (Tunnels, #2)
  • Freefall (Tunnels, #3)
  • Spiral (Tunnels, #5)
  • Terminal (Tunnels, #6)

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