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