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The Suburb Beyond the Stars

(Norumbegan Quartet #2)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From bestselling and National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson, a return to the world of THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES

Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places - Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still . . . when they go to visit a relat
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Aaron
Aug 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Not nearly as fun as the first book in the series. I didn't mind the darker turn of the series, but I didn't like the open-ended conclusion that begs for a sequel. I left the first book satisfied and not particularly in need of more time with Brian and Gregory (whose characters I never really warmed too) but would have liked a little more time with Prudence. The dearth of female characters did grate on me and for some reason I got a bit tired of Anderson's prose (which at times felt a little clu ...more
Robin
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Several years ago, during a visit to New York City's Books of Wonder, I picked up a copy of The Game of Sunken Places , by this author I had never heard of, and thought it was great. And though I've read a number of his other books, it was only quite recently that I found out that the above title is only the first book in the "Norumbegan Quartet." This second book in the series did not prove very easy to come by. Barnes and Noble will let you order it, but won't carry it on their shelves. I pok ...more
Brian Shaw
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book is about a boy named Brian who plays the cello and has a best friend named Greg. That also, coincidentally, describes me perfectly. Needless to say, I had no trouble relating to this book. The Suburb Beyond the Stars is the second book in the Game of Sunken Places series. It is a low fantasy about two fantastical ancient races that use humanity as pawns in their eons-long games of strategy. Brian beat the game from the first book (spoilers) and so he is tasked with building and running ...more
Wandering Librarians
The Norumbegans and the Thussar were at war for many years before deciding there was a more civilized way to settle their territory dispute: play a game. Each race chooses a human to represent them in the Game, a kind of labyrinth. The winner of the Game creates a new labyrinth for the next players. In the first of this series, The Game of Sunken Places, Brian and Gregory have been chosen to participate in the Game that Gregory's cousin, Prudence, has created. Brian was representing the Numrumbe ...more
Summer Rosswog
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-reader
Watch out! The Thusser horde have built an evil suburb, and Brian, Gregory, and the troll Kalgrash are the only ones who can stop their plan to colonize the entire world with life-sucking three bedroom luxury units. Anderson revives the story of Brian, Gregory, and the netherworld contest between the magical Norumbegans and the wicked Thusser. Only, this time, it isn’t a game. It’s real, and the fate of humanity is at stake. This follow-up to “The Game of Sunken Places” is better developed and w ...more
Madi Hacking
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420
FANTASY, REQUIRED AUTHOR M. T. ANDERSON

This type of book is not my cup of tea, and for the first third or so, I was disinterested. But M. T. Anderson has a way of writing that brings to life not only the image of what is happening, but the feeling associated with it. He makes creepy things almost unbearable in this way, as well as heightening suspense. There were a few times where there were shifts in point of view that jarred me a bit and pulled me out of the story, but ultimately I thought it
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Anita
Holy CRUD this was unexpectedly dark for the kids' section of the library! The previous book in the series was basically a fantasy-adventure with a twist - a number of enemies and a certain amount of impending doom, but still somewhat standard fare up until the end. This was - a dramatic genre switch. Which makes a certain amount of sense given the premise, but still, transitioning from a Hero's Quest story to "Oh, it's basically the apocalypse. Also, have some body horror" was not what I was ex ...more
Rachel
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-lit
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Julie
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-420
I didn't know this book was a sequel, but it was still an enjoyable book. Brian and Gregory look forward to some peace after winning the game of the sunken places. But, the boys are in charge of designing the next game, only to find that things are not what they should be. As they try to make sens of things in a rapidly expanding suburb in Vermont (on the very ground of the old game). After Brian is victim of a super-natural attempt on his life, the boys realize that the games are over and the t ...more
Fantasy Literature
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
As a reader, I find M.T. Anderson a bit all over the map. I tend to see his strongest work as aimed at the older crowd, while his children’s novels tend to leave me a bit cold. That was the case with The Game of Sunken Places, a children’s fantasy involving two boys playing a Game of high stakes involving trolls, ogres, etc. M.T. Anderson hadn’t done enough with the relatively “humdrum” concepts and his plotting and characters were a bit muddled. I’m sorry to say that I have the same reaction to ...more
Dayna Smith
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
The second book in The Game of Sunken Places series. Brian and Gregory return to Vermont and discover that strange things are happening. Cousin Prudence has disappeared, a mysterious suburb seems to be springing up, and time doesn't seem to be working normally. When it becomes clear the Thusser are breaking the rules of the Game and trying to take over the world, Brian & Gregory must stop them and summon the Norumbegans. This installment sets up well for the next book in this fun, but creepy ...more
Nicole
Wonderful! "The Suburb Beyond the Stars" is just as great as the first book in this series, "The Game of Sunken Places." M.T. Anderson's imagination is delightfully horrifying, and the creatures he brings to life in this book are disturbing and original. The author also kept me laughing through even the most brutal and suspenseful scenes. This series is a masterful blend of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and comedy. I also appreciate that even through the chaos and fear, this is still a story about fr ...more
pdarnold
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-ya
This was so very different from the first book and yet in many ways similar. Deliciously creepy!!! At times I found myself shaking my head (huh?) and rereading the last few paragraphs, and then, the "oh" factor kicked in. I just wasn't getting it but the reread allowed my head to wrap around the idea. Remember, this is for young teens... don't read too deeply into the bizarre. Rather, just sit back and enjoy it.
Janice
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-lit
Boo. Good premise. Second in a series, but what was awful is that it doesn't end. I mean that the book stops before the story ends. Yes, books can be in a series, and the action can continue, but there has to be a satisfactory end to something. Harry Potter, you knew it was going to continue, but there was a satisfying end to some of the action. You felt there was a conclusion. This one was just the drop on the roller coaster and the ride stopped midway. Boo.
Lilit Derkevorkian
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is simplistically written and a quick read. However, the storyline is incredible and the prose is very descriptive. I found myself at the end really wanting to read the next one. It is the story of when two guys go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods; they find many things are different. Like, people aren't where they're supposed to be. And houses are everywhere. In fact, the houses seem to be taking over…
Polly
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Almost a pretty good book, but somehow misses it entirely. There are some extremely chilling moments and some very nasty creatures and the whole idea behind this trilogy (I believe it's a trilogy so far, anyway) is interesting and more original than lots of things, but somehow that doesn't at all add up to good books, which is mysterious and disappointing.
Diane Christensen
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pretty good-it definitely continued the action in The Game of Sunken Places and sets up the reader for what appears to be the climax in a book to follow. I enjoyed following the story of a suburb populated with "programmed" children and vague, clueless adults with monsters prowling about. I'm definitely looking forward to the continuing action.
Brett
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
Just as compellingly creepy as the first (in fact, possibly more so: who would have thought a newly developed suburb more unnervingly eerie than uninhabited woods & an isolated mansion), & with an ending promising more to come. The sly back-and-forth wordplay between the two main characters, especially Gregory, is very amusing.
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
We liked it. It wasn't as good as the first book though. Less humor and more tense. For us, the first book had a better balance of these things. It was nice to see our favorite character Kalgrash back, but there weren't any other interesting characters. It was a more insular book, in mostly one setting, with just a few characters.
P.
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Eric
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Less complicated follow-up book, but a bit creepier, especially for some YA books. Sets up the next book with quite a strong cliff-hanger. Character development of the main characters is a little shallow, though hints at relational dysfunction start to give a stronger sense of the deeper emotions.
Anna
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I read this book as an ARC through work.

The Suburb Beyond the Stars is a children's middle reader, which I didn't realize when I picked it up, so it's simplistically written and a quick read. However, the storyline is incredible and the prose is very descriptive. I found myself at the end really wanting to read the next one, which unfortunately will not be out for quite some time.
Sarah
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I love the first book in this series and even though I thought The Game of Sunken Places was fine without a sequel I still really enjoyed this. Its creepy, funny, weird, all good stuff. I really like the main characters so will probably pick up the other books in the series at some point in the future.
Mark Flowers
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I didn't realize when I started reading this that it is the sequel to Anderson's Game of Sunken Places - but it certainly made me want to read the first one. Maybe after I do so, I'll come back and revise my opinion of this one.
Becca *I love Percy Jackson!*
I really liked this book... There was a lot of adventure and suspense.
Lauren
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
great sequel to the game of sunken places. I can't wait for the next one
Kevin
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Entertaining, fast paced, interesting. Looking forward to 3rd book in the series.
Ginnyrichey
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
second in a series - maybe I should have read the first first.
Erin
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
This one is not as good as the first in the series--it doesn't actually have any kind of resolution! It just leads right into the third.
Cara
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
This second book was just ok. The book trailer for it is quite amusing (thanks Sam!), and there is some pretty witty dialogue if you can make it through the first half of the book.
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Matthew Tobin Anderson (M. T. Anderson), (1968- ) is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked; Strange Mr. Satie; The Serpent Came to Gloucester; and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The
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Other books in the series

Norumbegan Quartet (4 books)
  • The Game of Sunken Places (Norumbegan Quartet, #1)
  • Empire of Gut and Bone (Norumbegan Quartet, #3)
  • The Chamber in the Sky (Norumbegan Quartet, #4)