October 20, 2006

Gregor the Overlander

By Suzanne Collins
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

If you like fantasy and haven't started the Gregor the Overlander books yet, you should! Gregor and his young sister Boots fall through a grate in their New York City building's laundry room and into the Underland. They find the Underland, deep under New York City, populated by giant cockroaches, rats, bats, and a race of humans with pale skin who have been waiting for Gregor. They believe he is there to fulfill an ancient prophecy for them. Gregor has no intention of doing anything but getting himself and Boots out of there until he learns his father, who has been missing for a long time, is being held captive by the rats. So Gregor and Boots, along with an alliance of cockroaches, bats, humans and an outcast rat named Ripred, journey to rescue Gregor's father and fulfill the prophecy. But the prophecy is tricky, and lines they think they understand the meaning of change when they are truly fulfilled. You'll have to read the story to find out how the prophecy comes true and whether the sacrifices described come to pass. Do Gregor and Boots make it home with their father? This book is a real pageturner, with lots of action and adventure. Gregor does a lot of growing and changing as he takes on the mantle of hero. You'll want to read the sequels for sure, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods and Gregor and the Marks of Secret.

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