Gregor The Overlander
- Publication Date:
- 02 August 2010
- Fantasy & magical realism
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For some reason I had a hard time getting into the first two or three pages of this book. (My mood, perhaps?) I waited a week and picked it up again, and suddenly I was hooked.This is such a fun fantasy idea: giant rats, bats, roaches, spiders, etc., and pale skinned people. The Underland is a delightful new world.As per my review of Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, the characters are charmingly diverse and well developed with flaws and virtues, every one. These sort of details make this the kind of story I WANT my children to read! Plus, they are fun for all of us!
Book One in the Underland Chronicles, this fantasy adventure was recommended to me by a class of fifth graders from Oregon. Featuring an eleven-year old boy and his little sister, the story takes us from New York City to the hidden world of Underland. While Alice in Wonderland fell through a rabbit hole, Gregor falls through a hole in the laundry room of his apartment building into a land of giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats. Full of adventure, I've got to read the others in the series.
Collins definitely cut her chops on this before she was able to create the world of Hunger Games. I enjoyed how she wrote the dialogue here and particularly liked the interactions between characters. She has a wonderful understanding of brothers and sisters, but like many other successful authors doesn’t come off as too cheesy (for lack of a better word). Gregor is a strong character, but a realistic one. Many of my students have read some or all of this series and have recommended it to other looking for something not too over-the-top but interesting and definitely adventurous.
This is the story of Gregor, a young man responsible for taking care of his grandmother and little sister, Boots, while his mother works. One day, while doing laundry, Boots disappears and Gregor follows her through a hole, ending up in the Underland, a mysterious land where people ride bats and hate rats. Gregor is seen as the fulfillment of a prophecy, while he hopes to find his lost father.
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