Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Underland Chronicles
Release Date: August 1, 2004
When 11-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Young Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building and hurtles into the dark Underland. This strange world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
It wasn’t until I began to write this review that I realized that Gregor the Overlander was written by THE Suzanne Collins (of Hunger Games fame). This was the first series that she wrote. So it’s no wonder that I found it so delightful.
This book is aimed at the 8 – 12 age range. My 13 year old daughter read and loved it, and I loved it too. One inspirational part of the book is how frightened Gregor was, but when he realized what needed to be done for the good of others, he forced himself to be the hero he needed to be. I also enjoyed the way Gregor learned to appreciate the goodness in characters that he was at first disgusted by (rats, roaches, etc). Gregor’s little sister, Boots, is adorable and entertaining.
The Underlanders have a rhyming and somewhat obscure prophecy that Gregor and his new friends have to interpret and follow. I enjoy that sort of mystery.
Overall, I found the book and characters captivating, descriptive, and inspiring. I recommend it!
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend
Violence: There is some mild violence and peril, such as sword fighting with rats. I didn’t find it objectionable
The paperback is available on Amazon