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A princess is stolen from her castle but meets a wonderful sheep. Can you believe it? A great book, I'm glad I gave it a try although I wasn't sure at the beginning if it would be too young for my taste. Collins has created a fascinating world with the Underland and the book is full of amazing characters insects and rodents included! On to book two!

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  • View all 6 comments. And I would have most certainly been missing out. This is Suzanne Collins' first novel, and it is quite a first novel. Gregor the Overlander centers around an eleven-year-old boy and his little sister who fall through a grate in the laundry room of their apartment complex. After being hurtled down a long tunnel, they find themselves in the midst of a strange Underland full of talking giant cockroaches, rats, bats and spiders, as well as humans with translucent skin and violet eyes. As the children become acquainted with the strange beings and history of this mysterious land, a prophetic quest forms to find Gregor's long lost father believed to have fallen victim to some of the creatures here years earlier , and lots of adventure ensues.

    Apparently, the author was inspired to write this book after wondering what Alice and Wonderland may have been like had it taken place in a city, where one is more likely to fall down a manhole than a bunny hole. I thought it was a fantastic story; a real page turner that, amidst all the adventure, asks its reader to consider issues of friendship, responsibility, tolerance, acceptance, determination and loyalty. Very imaginative and well written. I want to give this book so many more than 5 stars. I pressed the exclamation mark on my phone really hard then just for extra emphasis : Being a book that is intended for younger readers than me, I thought this would just be a fun little read.

    However in all honesty it had me gripped from beginning to end.


    I loved the characters. They had so much more depth than I expected them to. I mean Gregor is an 11 year old kid who has been kind of been forced to be the man I want to give this book so many more than 5 stars. I mean Gregor is an 11 year old kid who has been kind of been forced to be the man of the house after his dad disappeared mysteriously 2 years ago. He doesn't let himself dream about happy times because he is struggling to actually be happy with his family not whole.

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    Bro, you're breaking my heart : Then there is his 2 year old sister Boots a nickname who adds so much to the book with her innocence. She kind of reminds me of Sunny Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events because she is so adorable and obviously isn't speaking properly yet, but she is integral to the team and actually helps bring them all together.

    Then there are all the giant animals and they are so cool, you can't help but care about them.

    Even the bugs. This isn't a spoiler particularly because the prophecy says that 4 of the group of 12 will die, but when one of them does I actually had to stop reading.

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    I sat there in stunned silence and mourned the loss of a freaking bug. Some of the other things I loved are: - the world because it's underground and I like the idea of an underground community - the relationship between humans and animals. I'm an animal lover so I really appreciated that. I really like seeing prophecies unfold in books. I sometimes find it easy to see what is gonna happen but not this time - and how addictive and action packed it is.

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    Chances are you have read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins too, and if you like her writing and like fast paced books and you like middle grade books then you should definitely try this. I implore you because it needs more hype! View all 3 comments. Oct 12, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , fantasy , new-york , supernatural , magical-realism , middle-grade , fiction , united-states.

    Proof that Suzanne Collins can be so much better than that soulless, commercialized dreck known as The Hunger Games. Gregor the Overlander is a terrific, mysterious fantasy novel with an elaborate, imaginative underground city world that could rival with Inside the Shadow City. Aug 09, C. Drews rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-grade , ya-male-narrators , 4-star , magical-fantasy , read Well that was sufficiently fantastic. Obviously my brain had a lot of pressure on this book aaaand It's middle-grade.

    It's an adventure with prophecies and talking animals. And I really enjoyed it! The characters were adorable. The main character is Gregor DUH and he's a fabulous older brother, but he's not perfect. At the same time, though, he Well that was sufficiently fantastic. At the same time, though, he didn't make a bucket-load of dumb decisions which I'm SO grateful for. I really hate stupid decisions. But Gregory was really smart and logical, and had a bit of sass, and he wouldn't leave his little sister EVER. Which leads me to the cutest human in the universe: Boots!

    Well, her real name is Margaret, but who's going to call her that?! She's the most friendly loveable little kid in the world. And her mannerisms and speech were so totally spot on for being a two-year-old.

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    I read a lot of books and often feel the babies aren't But Boots is SO realistic. Trust me, I just spent the morning with my 2yrs niece and then read this in the afternoon. A cookie will basically fix everything. I was just so completely in love with Boots and I thought Gregor was terrific. So my only problem was: I couldn't care less about the animals. But they're bugs. Although is it just me or is the good-rat Ripred like another version of Haymitch?!! Snarky and wise.

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    Although, um, I know, these books came first, but shhh, don't ruin my cacophonies. View all 4 comments. Even though this book has nothing really to do with Kafka, I can't get it out of my head that somewhere in this series is some of the weird Jew from Prague. The cover looks sort of Prague like. There is a main character named Gregor, and there are giant fucking cockroaches in it must I swear in every children's review I write? There has been no real Kafka in the book though.