June 25, 2007

Gregor and the Code of Claw

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

Collins finishes her fabulous Underland Chronicles with her 5th book about Gregor the Overlander. In this final storyline, war has been declared between the rats and the humans who live in Regalia. The final prophecy from Regalia's founder, Sandwich, proclaims that the war hinges on breaking the rats' new code, the Code of Claw, and Gregor's sister Lizzie even gets involved in the codebreaking. The prophecy also predicts that Gregor must face the Bane, the evil white rat who started the war, and that both of them will die. Gregor has a hard time facing his doom and an even harder time wondering what will happen to him if he does survive the war. What of his family? What about his rager abilities? And his friendships with Luxa, Ripred, Howard, and Ares? How will the Underland fare when the war is over? It would be giving away too much to tell more, but readers will not be disappointed by the big wrap up, unless it is to be saddened by the end of a great series. There is plenty of action, adventure and character growth for everyone. Thumbs up for the whole series.