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Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

(Underland Chronicles #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  41,112 ratings  ·  1,576 reviews
The third installment of New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, in which Gregor must stop a plague from spreading through the Underland, will feature fresh new cover art, coming July 1st!
Gregor's adventures continue in Book 3 of the New York Times bestselling series by author Suzanne Collins.

With two prophecies fulfilled, Gregor is now focused on the Prophecy of
Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published July 1st 2005)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles, #3), Suzanne Collins

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is an epic fantasy children's novel by Suzanne Collins. It is the third book in The Underland Chronicles, and was first published by Scholastic in 2005.

The novel takes place a few months after the events of the preceding book, in the same subterranean world known as the Underland. In this installment, the young protagonist Gregor is once again recruited by the Underland's inh
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Might be my favorite book in the series so far. I love the characters. Gregor, Luxa, Boots, Temp, Ripred, and Ares are all great. And I can totally understand why Ripred is Suzanne Collins's favorite character.

Since this series is for a younger audience, it's a bit more lighter and funnier than The Hunger Games. But really, it's not that much different. Sad things happen. There's war and hunger and death. And there's creepy stuff too. (Like with what happened to a bat in the previous book or the
Steve Clark
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
These books are supposed to be aimed at grades 4-6. I am therefore so very glad I have an 11-year old daughter, because otherwise I wouldn't have a good excuse to read this series--except that they're wildly entertaining and read as easily as putting down the tastiest junk food. As it is, we're having a blast tearing through them as part of our summer. She likes me to read first, because I'm a little better at holding back spoilers, but she's right behind me. The only problem: I'm now into book ...more
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is life so hard for poor Gregor?! :(
A quick recap if you haven't been paying attention up until now: this is the third book in a five-book cycle, the first two books were good (but not great), it's by the author of The Hunger Games, and if you haven't read The Hunger Games, you're making remarkably terrible use of your time on this Earth.

All caught up? Good.

This book is probably my least favorite that Collins has written. That's not to say it's bad, but it's just not as entertaining as her other books have been, for a number of re
While I was considering what I would say about this review, I thought, "I'll give it four stars," and I thought of some very good reasons why I deducted that one star. But, shucks, who am I kidding? I don't exactly know where this love of middle grade fiction has come from, but I'm such a sucker for it.

Yes, there are things that I can say weren't as great as previous entries into this series. It seems like we spent less time with the main characters in this one. The entire story zooms right by
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series was made to be used as a literary tool for helping kids understand war. I’m just convinced of that. They are amazing, I am so stressed for the characters while reading these, apprehensive of what I see looming in their futures, and that’s a pretty big reaction for books created for twelve year olds. Specifically this book deals with reparations, racism, the effects of long-endured wars and hatreds in shaping culture, the dangers of pacificism, and biological warfare.

The environment i
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
There's a bit of a formula with the Gregor books.

1. Gregor has a dull home life and the beginning has to remind you of this. His family has real-life problems with money, food, and everything else.
2. For some stupid reason, Gregor finds himself in the Underland again along with his useless 2-year-old sister.
3. Some kind of issue goes down with the humans in the Underland.
4. Gregor, the chosen one, must go on a quest in order to resolve the issue. He battles random creatures and his sister must g
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, 2019

Definitely my favourite so far of the series.

I'm still in shock and I can't believe what happened (even though I sort of knew it was heading there).

The ending...I am so sad. And mad. But mostly sad. And worried. Honestly, poor Gregor never gets break. He has to struggle just to get by in the real world, and then he's constantly being dragged into the Underland. Everyone is suffering. His poor dad, his sister Lizzie, and his mom. Only Boots is happy and oblivious and s
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, series
I really enjoyed this 3rd installment of the Underland Chronicles. It might even be my favorite in the series so far. I liked the plot and the major twist in the end and I loved how fast-paced the whole thing was. This managed to break my heart a bit which didn't surprise me at all because, you know, Suzanne Collins. Weirdly(?) Ripread has became my favorite character. I see him as Haymitch Abernathy of this series. :D
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute series and perfekt to listen to on a sunny day sitting outside a cafe drinking coffee - and that is just what I did :-)
Have these Underlanders ever, since Mr. Sandwich took them below, had a non-prophecy day? It seems to me that Gregor is always hopping down the air shaft to go fufill some underground prophecy and no one bats an eye (or eyes a bat, ha ha ha), like prophecy-fulfilling is a daily thing, something everyone knows about and engages in from birth. Like breathing and eating. It makes me think that Sandwich and others scheduled every day from now until the series ends with prophecy-doing.
Getting Gregor
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really am enjoying this series. In fact I think they are getting a bit better each time. I think Collins was really learning how to grip her readers with the first one, and now is picking up speed. Her ability to grip your emotions is becoming stronger. Great storyline this time. Gregor must return to the Underland this time to fulfull the prophecy of blood. A plague has gripped the Underland nations and it will be up to Gregor to help find the cure. Only this time it hits far more close to ho ...more
Sarah Stewart
I've been on the point of swearing off series because they just seem to drag me on and on without giving me the fulfillment of a journey from exposition through a climax to a conclusion that I expect from a book. It was such a relief to be in the hands of an author who knows what they are doing and can create satisfying story that stands on its own two feet even when it is part of a series.

I'm getting very attached to Gregor and Co. Each character is distinct and memorable--they feel real becau
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great installment in this series. I don't think it could stand alone very well, but the moving of the overall plot is fantastic, as is the story within this volume. I loved the new characters, and was sad to lose a few of them, but happy that we will get to continue to read about a few more. The action is consistent and engaging, the characters are relatable and well-developed.

Warning, though: my skin was crawling through a large portion of this book. With all that Suzanne Collins has
love, jamie
This is by far my favorite in the series, you really get to see how HIGH the stakes are. The action builds up there is so so much character development. I love literally everyone (which can only be said about maybe four other series). The writing is fantastic and very easy for little eleven year old me to read for the first time, and now 5 years later to still be able to love this for what it is. Luxa is a badass.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the least favorite in the series for my daughter, but she still liked it. She thought it was a little confusing, and didn't like the end (view spoiler), and she wished there would've been more explanation where the plague and the cure were concerned. ...more
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is comprised of what most refer to the second book syndrome in that the story served more as a stable foot for the developing plotline. Even so, the story sufficed, the characters were unique in their own right, and the overall tone was adventurous to some extent.

What this book offered more of, in retrospect, was a fiery explosion of tension and shock-inducing moments where I found myself asking what the contents of the book are actually trying
Last read of 2019, and my continuing Underland Chronicles buddy read with Stephanie!

This series continues to be alright. I can't help but keep mentally comparing it to Animorphs, my absolute fave in terms of a middle-grade series handling children in war, and thus the Underland Chronicles just aren't as good -- but the further Collins gets into the series, the better the content becomes, slowly introducing additional complexities and shades of grey. The revelation/resolution in this one was my f
Anne Maddox
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so similar to circumstances today it was eerie. The contagion, being scanned before entering, the threat of spreading illness. Excuse me while I go hunt for the cradle.....
Another great Gregor tale!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly familiar to today’s pandemic.
Hunger Games Bookclub (HGBC)
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
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
It has been a while since Gregor and Boots have been in the underland. When he is summoned by the rats to overtake a new quest to find the cure of the curse of the warmbloods which came from when they returned from their last quest that has infected his bonded bat companion, Gregor and Boots with his mother return only to endanger his mother with the disease. Will Gregor be able to save his mother and the others from this deadly virus? Read on and Find out for yourself.

I enjoyed this installment
Kristy Orr
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed! A bit slow at the beginning but picked up and got quite interesting. Still surprised by the amount of violence. I wish Solovet had been executed with Neveeve. I do not care for Solovet. And Hazard is without his daddy :C Still waiting for Twitchtip to return and thankful that they found Luxa & Aurora. I am shocked that they left Gregor's mom in the underland and is he gonna tell his neighbor?! Can't wait to find out. ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These books are an amazing middle grades, so unique and beautifully written. I love how these books show up how messed the society is. You can transform any of the societies in the underworld to those in our owns, how the "pure" people cannot accept those with different skin color or a different religion.
feels like a "must-read" for country leaders. telling them how they should be, act and think.
Suzanne Collins sounds like an amazing person
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Back in the Underland to fulfill yet another prophecy, but this time with even more at stake. I can't tell you more than that without ruining any surprises. There are some great new characters, in addition to the old favorites. Gregor continues to grow as a character and Boots is great as always. By this third book, I've really started to like Ripred, the crazy renegade rat.
Sonja Arlow
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Firstly I know that I have never been the target audience for this series but did enjoy the first two books, using them as fluff reads, between books with more substance. However this will be the last book I will read of the series. The writing is too formulated and after the first book nothing new was ever really brought into the story.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am really loving this series.
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is such a great series for children. My 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter both love these books. They are getting through them faster than I am.
keikii Eats Books
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
95 points/100 (5 stars/5)
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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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“Nerrissa? You believe her? Well, you at least have to credit her with a certain instability! Remember when she told you that I was going to take over the Fount with and army of Lobsters?" said Ripred.

You did try to take over the Fount with an army of Lobsters." said Vikus.

Yes, yes, but it was years before she was born. My point is, she flip-flops in and out of time like a fish in shallow waters." answered Ripred.”
“turn and turn and turn again
you see the what, but not the when
remedy and wrong entwine
and so they form a single vine”
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