Review: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

“Fast paced and great fun, and epic adventure for your Middle Grader.”

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Title:Gregor the Overlander (Book One in the Underland Series)
Author:Collins, Suzanne
Publisher:Scholastic
Pages:320

Goodreads: When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats¬óbut the fragile peace is about to fall apart.

Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures. He just wants to find his way home. But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland’s uncertain future, he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.

With Mockingjay Madness coming to an end I thought I would bring your attention to a set of middle grade books written by Suzanne Collins. Gregor the Overlander takes all the great bits of how Collins writes and shoves them into a sweeping fantasy for a younger crowd.

Gregor and his adorable little sister Boots are in the laundry room of their New York City apartment building when they hear a noise and decide to investigate. Boots and Gregor fall through a shoot and they fall for a long time, when they finally land safely due to a current of air they are found by huge cockroaches who speak and have names. They are told they have arrived in the Underland and are taken to the castle.

At the castle things aren’t much better for Gregor, he is faced with the problem of getting home to his family. He is the man of the house now that his dad went missing too. The Princess openly hates Gregor and gives him a hard time at any turn and he immediately sets out to find a way home even though he has been warned the only way is fraught with danger.

It is then Gregor learns of the Prophecy and his role in it. Can Gregor be the hero the Underland so desperately needs?

I absolutely adored this book. Boots is a fun addition to a eclectic cast of characters. Her two year old witty remarks had me cracking laughs and wondering how Gregor deals with her! The roaches, rats, and the royal family all play important roles in the prophecy and are well thought out and executed.

I think boys and girls alike will flock to Gregor’s story and read with the same anticipation teens and adults give The Hunger Games. Collins writing style shows through and although a bit predictable the story flows well. There is strife in this book, and things are a bit scary.

If you enjoy Neil Gaiman or Sebastian Rooke you will love Gregor the Overlander.

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book at Strand in NYC.

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8 Responses so far

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    I use Gregor the Overlander every year with my 5th grade class. It is always a hit and often one of their very favorites all year. I get chills every year watching them slowly figure out the true meaning of the prophecy!

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    I just read this post Mockingjay…it was very cute and I’m waiting for the next books to show up! :)

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    This sounds like a great read – very like Neil Gaiman. I haven’t read Hunger Games yet (it’s in my tbr pile, though), but Gregor the Overlander actually sounds more my cup of tea, actually!

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    The roaches were my favorite part of this book. I really need to read the rest of the series.

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    I’ve listened to a bit of this on audio and will likely get back to it in the future. Glad you enjoyed.

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    I loved this series, and honestly reading this review makes me want to read them all over again.

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    I realy like Gregor series because it always leaves me wondering what will happen next!

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