Gregor: The Underland Chronicles Box Set (Complete 5 Books) ~ Paperback ~ Suzanne Collins
Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the “New York Times”-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. This thrill-packed boxed set collection contains the entire five-book series in paperback: including The Code of Claw, The Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor the Overlander, The Marks of Secret, and The Prophecy of Bane, packaged in a sturdy box set for years of reading adventure. When 11-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of his New York City apartment building, he hurtles through dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats – but the fragile peace is about to fall apart… Age 9+ Reviews *“Gregor's luminous, supremely absorbing quest takes place in a strange underground land. . . . Creature depictions are soulful and the plot is riveting. Wonderful.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review *“Collins does a grand job of world-building, with a fine economy of words. Unlike Gregor who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find [the Underland] to be a fantastically engaging place.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review *“[An] exceptional debut novel, a well-written, fast-moving, action-packed fantasy. [S]ure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans.” —Booklist, starred review Reader Review “I read the whole series to my seven year old son and I'd be hard-pressed to think of a book with more memorable characters or hilarious dialogue. It also gives an incredibly visceral and emotional depiction of the horrors of war. The books follow an 11 year old boy, Gregor after he has fallen miles underground with his exuberant 2 year old sister Boots. He is drawn into complicated interspecies conflict between multiple groups of huge talking animals and humans. The humans were brought underground centuries ago by a leader "Earl of Sandwich” who had visions of the future which he carved into the stones as prophesies. Gregor and his sister seem to be named in the prophesies. Of the books themes which seemed to impact my son were: 1. The responsibility of taking care of the vulnerable (This is also some of the funniest scenes in the books as he tries to look after Boots), 2. How much can be solved if you can communicate with others. (A gifted child is able to speak the languages of several of the creatures and avoid disaster), 3. Nothing is inevitable, especially war. The writing is beautiful.. this is the author that went on to write the Hunger Games/Catching Fire. (In that way I wouldn't compare it to the pedestrian Lightning Thief). A closer analogy would be Garth Nix. A word of caution. Some of the battle scenes are truly horrifying and I did end up skipping some sentences for my son's benefit. Also, major characters do die. While some would complain about the lack of a truly happy ending (it's happy enough, considering all that happens) I found it more satisfying and realistic than most YA books." B Butterfield About the Author Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.