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Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane

(Underland Chronicles #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  37,176 ratings  ·  1,930 reviews
The action and adventure continue in this stunning fantasy from a rising literary star.
Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Scholastic Press (first published 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles, #2), Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is a novel with many elements of high fantasy, and the second book in Suzanne Collins's critically acclaimed The Underland Chronicles. It was published in 2004. The novel focuses on a prophecy mentioned at the end of Gregor the Overlander which the Underlanders believe requires the protagonist Gregor to hunt down and kill an evil white rat known as the "Bane". It is told in third pers
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Why is NO ONE talking about this series?!?!?

It's not quite as "adult" as the Hunger Games trilogy but I think that this series is so so so much better. You follow a boy and his sister as they fight rats in the Underland.

This book actually had me on the edge of my seat towards the end. AND it left off on a cliffhanger so I'm glad that when I found this book I got the next one in the series as well.
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are just freaking awesome! Also, the story finished on Christmas Eve and I finished it on Christmas Eve, nice little coincidence :D
Howard and Mareth are way too awesome. Really, really love this one.
Whoa what. A. Ride.
I just can't! This is too good to be true!
That twist asdfghjkl


Okay I can't really be coherent right now but. This is just so good.
Just like the first book, this got me so full of emotion by the end of the book.
I don't know what takes me this long to read this, but I regret it.. I regret all my time being spent on books that isn't even half as good as this.

I can't do a full review without spoiling anything right now, so I'll be back and edit this late
I wish I knew a 10-12 year old boy I could recommend this series to. The story line is great. Our hero Gregor who is probably about 12 discovers an underground world filled with pale humans who haven't seen the light of day in forever, along with lots of giant rodents, roaches and bats. Pretty cool. Not too scary. This is Book #2 in a series so you know the hero survives. He's flawed and his family life is far from perfect. My favorite character continues to be Boots. Love her interactions with ...more
"Allow me to translate," said Twitchtip, not even bothering to move. "She said if you don't stop your incessant babble, the big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip your head off."

Wow. My emotions.

The first time I read this book, it was on audio because it was always checked out from my local library. And I distinctly remember lying on my bed, with my portable CD player next to me, listening to the end of this book with tears in my eyes. The impact this story had on me is c
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

Suzanne Collins is a masterful author. The Hunger Games trilogy is a masterpiece. One of my most favorite books. I do believe that in a few years it will become a classic. When I was done with the Hunger Games trilogy with the release of Mockingjay I was thirsty for more books by her. So I decided to try her first series, the Underland Chronicles. When I opened the pages of Gregor the Overlander last year, I admit it: I was affraid. Not because it is a book that appeals to children, since I love
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
It has been a few months since Gregor and Boots traveled to the Underland to save their father and finish the last prophecy. When Boots is kidnapped, Gregor must travel back to the Underland and undertake a quest of a new prophecy where he must kill the bane that threatens to destroy all. Can he accomplish this task? Read this and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read. It had tons of adventures and learning to believe in yourself. I look forward to continue this series wi
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, to-buy
THIS good. I have no words.

Not going to write a long review for this one, but I loved all of it. It’s dark, it’s heartbreaking, it’s violent; but it’s also so heartwarming, and real, and it just addresses so many things that I would not expect in a middle grade. Which makes me wish there was even more hype surrounding this series. I feel like Gregor has grown so much as a character in this book. He’s also gone through a lot of trauma and I sort of hate Bartholomew Sandwich for ruini
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane was an engaging read and served more as a gradual process of revelations to pave the way for the following three books in the series. It was long enough to adequately flesh out its characters and the atmosphere in the Underland – this along with the emphasized significance of the plot consistently impressed me – I liked it!
+ All of the familiar tropes from the middle-grade/fantasy genres are piled up in this book, but are either altered or provided with emphit!
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After staying up until 1 in the morning to finish book 1 I was eager to dig into book 2. I was at work today and had to go out in my lunch break, but luckily I finished early today so once I got home at 3.30 I got to sit down and get stuck in. By 5.00 I was over halfway through. This one is 50 pages longer than book 1, coming in at 308 pages, but that is still not a lot for me.
I stopped for dinner then picked the book up again and was finished by 7.00. Once again I had powered through it, swept
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Okay, so after finishing Gregor the Overlander, I couldn’t wait to get to the second installment. I was left wondering at the aftereffects of Gregor’s return. How did he tell his mom about his adventures and how did she react? By the end of the first book I was just as worried as Gregor was about his return.

Unfortunately, home life hasn’t gotten any easier for Gregor and his family. Economically, they’re still struggling and emotionally they’re still dealing with the mysterious happenings of Un
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
An absolutely brilliant sequel to Gregor the Overlander. Anyone doubting Suzanne Collins' storytelling prowess should definitely give this series a try. I'd love to see Collins write a book for adults, since she's proven with this series and The Hunger Games that she's capable of writing fantastic, engaging stories for both children and young adults with ease.

I ordered the third book before I'd even finished this one and I'm very glad I did - there's a few loose ends at the end of this one that I th
Another great book in this series.
Read to my son who is enjoying it.
Better than the first, in my opinion.
Venus Heidari
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so freaking much. THG really cannot even compare in my opinion.

- CHARACTERS. Wow, I love everyone so much. I could talk about Gregor for hours. He is so empathetic and courageous, but also completely fallible. He makes mistakes and has to correct his behavior/actions so many times throughout the book, and he's such a better character for it. Twitchtip completely stole my heart. What an incredible individual to include in this story. Technically part of the "wrong"/> ...more
Syazwanie Winston Abdullah
Unputdownable again. Did not cry in this book but was breathing hard all the way. Heart was racing hard indeed. The plot twist, the new characters and the Underland itself - as blown away as the first book. Onwards to the next prophecy!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins, Gregor hoped to never go back to the Underland and under his moms watchful eye he probably couldn't. When Boots suddenly disappears into one of the passage ways leading to the Underland Gregor has no choice, but to follow. In this follow up in the Underland Gregor faces the second of Bartholomew Sandwich's prophecies. I would suggest this book to anyone who liked the Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, or Harry Potter.
Caylynn Bleess
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But we need her! We need her to navigate the Labyrinth!"

"The bats will be sufficient," said Mareth. "And they can be trusted."

So, that was it. Now he understood. "It's because she's a rat. You're just going to sit here and watch her drown because she's a rat, right? If it were Howard or Andromeda or even Temp, you'd be down there, all right, but not for a rat!"

Honestly, this one was never really my favorite book out of the series. That honor will always belong to Gregor and the Cur
Sarah Chadbourne
I am really enjoying this series! Can’t wait to read the next one.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eric N.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a couple months since Gregor has been in the Underland but when Boots is kidnapped by the Crawlers he must go back. When he arrives in Regalia he soon reads the Prophecy of Bane and learns that the Gnawers are trying to kill Boots and he has to kill "The Bane". In order to find the Bane he sails across the waterway with Luxa, Aurora, Mareth, Andromeda, Ares, Boots, Temp, Twitchtip, Photos Glow-Glow, Zap, Howard, and Pandora. Along the way they run into problems that only makes things ...more
Nora Eliana
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nora Eliana by: Annika
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I love this series! I do! But I hate the audiobook. Especially, well mostly that, the way the narrator speaks Boots. I couldn't stand it and had to go and buy the book to be able to finish it.

For a time I thought middle grade just isn’t for me. That I can’t get into the stories anymore and I was kinda sad about it. And I was afraid to reread some of my favorites because of that. I didn’t want to taint the memories.
But I absolutely love this series! And there is noth
Moataz Ibrahim
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Prophecy of Bane predicted the return of Gregor the overlander to the underland world to take the light of the Bane and return the light to Regalia. That's the one-sentence layout of the book.
But to try and describe the amount of emotions this book contains, it'd be challenging to try to describe it.
In this book, Collins made an improvement. She took more care of the psychological profiling of the main characters and some of the side characters.
Boots is still my favorite ch
August Busch
If half stars were available I would actually rate this a 3.5. I find the Underland Chronicles interesting and enjoy Gregor's adventures. This book was good, even though I had a few issues with the characters. I felt 50 percent of the book dwelled on characters emotions and their reaction at the end of the first book. If you look pass the repetitive explainations and emotions, the book was entertaining. Clearly the issues I have with this one was not crucial because I plan on starting the third ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book because there were a lot of twists and turns. The bane was a baby rat and I thought the bane was going to be Huge. When Gregor and Arise returned from the Labrynth Gregor heard boots in the hall of the castle near the room that he was staying in for the night. When he arrived at the door he could hear his sister at, he opened the door and saw boots and 6 cockroaches all around her. Gregor heard that Luxa and Aroaru did not make it back. Next trip Gregor will help Vikus find his ...more
I kept hoping that there would be more bloodshed and death ala Game of Thrones right around the corner but then I would remember that I was reading a children's book and chastise my hunger for violence.

But I still kept hoping anyway. Lather, rinse, repeat.
What can I say --I like my books a bit fucked up.
keikii Eats Books
95 points/100 (5 stars/5)
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is a great series for kids (& I enjoyed it too). My 10 year old finished this book before I did and wants me to run to the library to get the 3rd book.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the series that should have made Suzanne Collins famous before The Hunger Games. It's such a pleasure to read something so different, but so good from a beloved author.
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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 Litt

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Underland Chronicles (5 books)
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“Oh, be quiet, Fo-Fo.” 39 likes
“If Under fell, if Over leaped,
If death was life and Death life reaped,
Something rises from the gloom,
To make the Underland a tomb

Hear it scratching down below,
Rat of long forgotten snow,
Evil cloaked in coat of White,
Will the Warrior drain your light?

What could turn the Warrior week?
What do burning Gnawers seek?
Just a barely speaking pup
That holds the Land of Under up

Die the baby, die his heart
Die his most essential part
Die the peace that rules the hour,
Gnawers have their key to power”
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