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

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  18,442 ratings  ·  812 reviews
Follow Gregor in the next highly anticipated adventure in Suzanne Collins' masterful Underland Chronicles!
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
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Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published September 1st 2010 (first published May 1st 2006)
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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
Мила
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
Luann
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June
Apr 18, 2013 June rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Beth A.
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
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Angela Oliver
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
CekMoNSter
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
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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
Kelle
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
Sam
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
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Emily Freeman
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
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
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DavidO
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Birsilah Bakar
I don't think I can stand this series by Book 4. It's always the same thing - Gregor was forced into doing something in each and every book and not appreciated. Dude, didn't you learn anything from previous books? Again, he had to figure some sort of prophecy, save people's ass, clean up other people's mess and carry the hopes of both worlds. And to make things more interesting, he's in love with a brat.

The setting and idea were a lot similar to THG but it was more annoying with useless, bureauc
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Cassondra
Up until this point, I think, the Underland Chronicles were simply entertaining, if somewhat typical, children's reads. Obviously, I enjoyed them -- I got this far, didn't I? But I was enjoying the fun of them, the adventure of them... However, the fourth Underlander book gets serious. While the notions of family, justice, and fate that are emphasized in all the other chronicles are present here, this book has more weight for two reasons. Firstly, it's a pretty solid mystery. I felt the ultimate ...more
Elizabeth
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
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Aelvana
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
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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
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Brynn

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
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Carrie Slager
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
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Isabella
This book is unlike the others in this series but it is still just as fantastic. Suzanne did it again.
Nura
Setelah berkutat dengan tiga ramalan Sandwich, Gregor berpikir nggak harus memenuhi ramalan lain lagi. tapi ternyata, dia salah besar. ramalan kali ini tidak terdapat di ruang ramalan. ramalan kali ini tersembunyi di dalam lirik lagu anak-anak yang sudah berusia ratusan tahun. dan kali ini Gregor bukan hanya harus menyaksikan salah satu temannya tewas karena ramalan tersebut, tapi juga hampir seluruh ras nibbler yang tertipu oleh para gnawer. Gregor juga semakin bertambah dewasa saat dia memberi ...more
Dalbro
Næstsidste bog i serien om Gregor skuffer ikke - måske lige med undtagelse af slutningen ....

Gregors mor er stadig indlagt i Regalia, så Gregor og Boots har besøgt Underlandet mange gange siden sidst de var der. Under en fest i Regalia, kommer en flagermus med Luxa's krone, som hun gav til musene med besked om at sende tilbage hvis de nogensinde fik brug for hendes hjælp. Luxa ser det som et nødråb og sætter alt ind for at finde frem til dem i tide.

Gregor og deres andre følgesvende tager med på
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Ellie
Wow, I finished that one fast.

This is probably the weakest Underland book I've read so far. That's probably because it isn't particularly action-driven. This story is almost an interlude, and its primary goal is to set up the big finale.

And it does a good job of that. You are left excited to see how the series ends.

But that just means the ending was good. The rest of the novel wasn't nearly as engaging. Luxa and Gregor stumble accidentally on an adventure. But it feels... disjointed, somehow.

Th
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Kim
Give me more!!! I love Suzanne Collins and her writing style is awesome. This book was a fast read, and I can't wait to get my hands on the last book of the series. She just loves leaving you hanging. I really enjoy that the characters are so likable, and seem so realistic. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy this series.
John Carrithers
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Nancy
I really enjoyed these books! The character names and ages are clearly targeted for the pre-teen and young kid ages, but the simple and clean writing make it a fun read. I loved the characters and the values expressed. Recommend this for anyone... especially parents looking for a book they can read with their big kids.
Angel Vasquez
I think this book was an amazing book.Especially with Gregor and His friends Luxa,Temp,Howard,hazard,Ares his bats,Aurora and Boots his sister.I think this book is really good for those who like fantasy books or fiction books.I also,Think that this series is the best Level V book of fantasy series.You should really read this book as it has ALOT and I mean ALOT of intense action 24/7.While Gregor's mom is in the hospital,Gregor is out there facing some real challenges.They had to leave some of th ...more
Oscar Torrado
Y llegamos a la cuarta entrega de la saga de Gregor escrita por Suzanne Collins donde ya se siente un poco las otras entregas que lleva a su espalda pero que todo encaja perfectamente para la confrontación final.

Lo bueno:

Los personajes: Una vez más, Suzanne va hilvanando los personajes dotándolos de mucha más profundidad, por un lado Gregor se sigue debatiendo entre ser el niño pacifico neoyorquino y el guerrero de Las Tierras Bajas del que tanto hablan las profecías, algo que va tomando mayor i
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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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Underland Chronicles (5 books)
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