Book Review: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

gregorTitle:  Gregor the Overlander

Author:  Suzanne Collins

Series:  The Underland Chronicles

Publisher:  Scholastic

Release Date:  August 1, 2004


Book Summary:

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


Sex:  Clean

Language: Clean

Violence:  There is some mild violence and peril, such as sword fighting with rats.  I didn’t find it objectionable

Source: Library

The paperback is available on Amazon



  1. Hi, Karla 🙂 I hope I’m addressing you properly! I only just now discovered you through a Tweet follow reference and was looking about your site. It appears there are 4 of you doing reviews? Don’t know if I’m right! lol

    Anyway, I just wanted to drop a quick comment! I read GREGOR THE OVERLANDER because I wanted to see how Suzanne wrote for Middle Grade readers, having read and loved THE HUNGER GAMES. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled, and I think it was largely due to the whole “rats/roaches” thing : / I wasn’t compelled to push through the series, but that’s also ’cause I have too many books to read and unless a book grips me in a way I can’t resist, I move on.

    Glad I found your site! 🙂
    : Donna

  2. I have this on my kindle. I will have to check it out.

  3. I read this a long time ago before The Hunger Games came out. I really enjoyed it and the whole series. So glad you reviewed it.

  4. I liked the series. Read it a few years ago the whole series. My daughter had read the series first too