Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1) This Irresistible First Novel Tells The Story Of A Quiet Boy Who Embarks On A Dangerous Quest In Order To Fulfill His Destiny And Find His Father In A Strange World Beneath New York CityWhen Gregor Falls Through A Grate In The Laundry Room Of His Apartment Building, He Hurtles Into The Dark Underland, Where Spiders, Rats, Cockroaches Coexist Uneasily With Humans Th I recently went solo dining with the 2nd book in the series and sat down at a counter, speeding through the large font and well spaced text The restaurant started to fill up and another solo diner sat down next to me I glanced over at his magazine and saw that it was a scientific journal open to an article about the brain I casually angled the cover of my Scholastic published book away from his view and kept reading, very self conscious of the approximately 18 grades of school between our rea I recently went solo dining with the 2nd book in the series and sat down at a counter, speeding through the large font and well spaced text The restaurant started to fill up and another solo diner sat down next to me I glanced over at his magazine and saw that it was a scientific journal open to an article about the brain I casually angled the cover of my Scholastic published book away from his view and kept reading, very self conscious of the approximately 18 grades of school between our reading materials.Sigh.I m bouncing around in my reading material lately I ve been trying to force the weighter books and it s like an overtight pair of jeans Lay back on the bed, take a deep breath, and hope you can wrestle that zipper up before the oxygen runs out or the button pops off and you lose an eye The YA and younger books arelike comfortable sweatpants, the waistband slightly stretched and the material over the seat taking on a sheen from wear I need to take in a few sweatpants books before attempting another jeans book Who am I trying to impress No need to do the David Hasselhoff on Baywatch stomach suck.This is what I repeat to myself when I sit next to someone reading a scientific journal open to an article about the brainyou couldn t sit somewhere else, brain guy The beginning of the 2nd book helped me pinpoint why I liked this 1st book so much With the next in the series, Gregor is suddenly having these abilities he never had before Booooo The first book moved forward with his own average self, no special powers needed While he may have been written asselfless than the typical boy his age, he made mistakes and was cranky like a real boy When he was courageous, loyal, loving, or expressed empathy, it wasn t unusual it could be duplicated by any child who read this book The value of that You too can be like thisGregor nodded He could never hate people very long because he always ended up finding out something sad about them that he had to factor in Like this kid at school everybody hated because he was always pushing little kids around and then one day they found out his dad had hit him so much, he was in the hospital With stuff like that, all Gregor could feel was bad. Wonderful.Oh, the story was set in this quest for his father with a fantastic imaginary world underground featuring people who had lived there so long that they were pale haired, translucent skinned, and violet eyed The allies and enemies were gigantic bats, cockroaches, and rats This is meant for a younger audience than The Hunger Games trilogy, so probably elementary age The quest kicked off with an awful set of prophetic verse not as bad as Brian One Trick Pony Jacques but nowhere near the soaring glory to me of Susan Cooper The ending was rushed But I loved it for keeping the hero ordinary.My favorite line From my favorite character, the little sister, Boots I poop Lookie The square brackets don t insert a colon any so this is how superweak my life is on friday i rushed home from work in the rain to get some homework done whee but then i ended up writing that wuthering heights review, inspired by the rain and the clouds etc and i did some work, but not a ton and i thought to myself, what do i really want to be doing and the answer was put on my pajamas, eat peanut butter pretzels and read unchallenging children s books so i did and you can all suck it, with your parties and balls and galas cuz so this is how superweak my life is on friday i rushed home from work in the rain to get some homework done whee but then i ended up writing that wuthering heights review, inspired by the rain and the clouds etc and i did some work, but not a ton and i thought to myself, what do i really want to be doing and the answer was put on my pajamas, eat peanut butter pretzels and read unchallenging children s books so i did and you can all suck it, with your parties and balls and galas cuz i had myself a nice time.i didn t like it as much as the hunger games which is teen fiction, not juvie, so maybe i m not as developmentally stunted as i thought look, i m growing up before your eyes she has a real knack for pacing, which is wayimportant in children s literature than adult, just because of attention span, particularly now, when the options for children are increasingly electronic and faster paced a book really has to capture the imagination in order to hold a child s attention, and i think this does a good job of that i also appreciate her very low emphasis on sentimentality it is less pronounced than in the hunger games, because of the younger audience, but it s an adventure book, life s hard, things die and i think that s a good element in children s literature her lack of prettifying realities i will probably read the other books in the series, providing my social life doesn t improve, but i don t feel the same urgency to read them that i do for the teen series it may be the subject matter younger audience thing, or the lack of a true cliffhanger at the end of the book,but i probably will get to them it was enjoyable, and if you have children, you should probably pick these up and pretend you are reading them together because your kids enjoy them.and now i can give greg back his copy, and that gets onebook out of my house which means there s room for onebook, basically this is how the problem exacerbates When Gregor falls after his little sister down the laundry shoot he finds himself in a new land He is faced with deciding where to place his loyalties, how to survive and given the opportunity to search for his father who unaccountably disappeared 2 years ago This book has ruined my entire day I have laundry to fold, dinner to cook, breakfast to eat, 3 papers to write and lesson plans to develop Instead, I ve spent my morning snuggled under a down quilt devouring Gregor the Overlander As so When Gregor falls after his little sister down the laundry shoot he finds himself in a new land He is faced with deciding where to place his loyalties, how to survive and given the opportunity to search for his father who unaccountably disappeared 2 years ago This book has ruined my entire day I have laundry to fold, dinner to cook, breakfast to eat, 3 papers to write and lesson plans to develop Instead, I ve spent my morning snuggled under a down quilt devouring Gregor the Overlander As soon as I finished it I slid into my car and ran back to work to collect the next four books in the series It looks like the rest of my life is going on hold for awhile Good by responsibiliy, Good by family, HELLO UNDERLANDERS I have always loved fairytales and mysteries in the Agatha Christie model It s restful and reassuring to know there may be trials and tribulations but good will always defeat evil and the deserving will live happily ever after.Gregor the Overlander carries these themes forward but provides subtle opportunities for the reader to question their convictions about right and wrong through the protagonist s encounters with various species in the Underworld Equally appealing is the sharing of Gregor s thoughts as he begins to recognize the limits he has set for himself with self imposed rules after his father s disappearance So often books of this genre for the elementary crowd become preachy and moralistic Suzanne Collins does not preach She invites the reader to explore issues about tolerance, responsibility, growing up, and loyalty for themselves This first book is the equal of the Harry Potter books exploring the same issues with an emotional power and linguistic accessablity for the 5th 8th grade crowd I ve listed a few of my favorite quotes below 1 And then there was Tick Brave little Tick who had flown into the face of an army of rats to save his baby sister Tick who never spoke much Tick who shared her food Tick who was after all just a roach Just a roach who had given all the time she had left so that Boots could haveSomehow Tick s sacrifice had crushed whatever thin shell remained between him and sorrow From now on he felt an allegiance to the roaches he knew would never fade 2 Well, Boot s courage might only count when she could count, but her ability to love counted all the time 3 No one who spends years with the rats can expect to be unchanged.but will his mind and body heal, I believe so 4 He was done with the rule now For good Even if times got bad he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful He would allow himself dreams Because I teach in a school where far too many children have parents and siblings in jail, I intend to use this book as one of a collection about children who overcome the odds to determine their own destiny.Reviews 1 Booklist starred November 15, 2003 Vol 100, No 6 Recommends for gr 4 7 and states. Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story to go along with it.This is sure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans.2 Horn Book starred Spring 2004 writes Collins sends a reluctant Gregor on the classic hero s journey in this fast paced, immensely satisfying narrative Both of these reviews would incline me towards the book s purchase Several of the other reviews also mention it is one of a series and they all recommend it for the same age groups What the reviewers fail to say is now much parents would enjoy sharing this book with their children Gregor the Overlander Underland Chronicles, 1 , Suzanne CollinsThe Underland Chronicles is a series of five epic fantasy novels by Suzanne Collins, first published between 2003 and 2007 It tells the story of a boy named Gregor and his adventures in the Underland , a subterranean world located under New York City The Underland is inhabited by humans who traveled below hundreds of years ago, along with various giant versions of creatures like bats, cockroaches, and rats According to the auth Gregor the Overlander Underland Chronicles, 1 , Suzanne CollinsThe Underland Chronicles is a series of five epic fantasy novels by Suzanne Collins, first published between 2003 and 2007 It tells the story of a boy named Gregor and his adventures in the Underland , a subterranean world located under New York City The Underland is inhabited by humans who traveled below hundreds of years ago, along with various giant versions of creatures like bats, cockroaches, and rats According to the author, the series involves many topics relating to war, including biological warfare, genocide, and military intelligence While not as well known as the author s subsequent Hunger Games trilogy, it has been reviewed favorably by many critics 2013 1 1391 268 9786002910172 1392 20 The covers of the Underland Chronicles do them no end of disservice Since my policy is to judge a book by its cover, it took reading The Hunger Games to convince me to pick them up I had always assumed they would be machine generated chapter books with mythical creatures protecting or seeking some ring or sword, or who knows what, that has some symbolic meaning or doesn t Suzanne Collins, however, is in no way machine generated She is Dostoyevski for the young reader crowd While she uses The covers of the Underland Chronicles do them no end of disservice Since my policy is to judge a book by its cover, it took reading The Hunger Games to convince me to pick them up I had always assumed they would be machine generated chapter books with mythical creatures protecting or seeking some ring or sword, or who knows what, that has some symbolic meaning or doesn t Suzanne Collins, however, is in no way machine generated She is Dostoyevski for the young reader crowd While she uses the quest trope in each of the Underland stories, her reflections of politics and international history are both gentle and unflinchingly horrifying Kids have to learn about genocide somehowI guess.In comparison to other popular child soldier or children save the world stories, the Underland Chronicles are not comforting in the way Harry Potter and Twilight are, nor are they as morally outraged and uncomfortable as Ender s Game, but I found themhonest than all of those Collins never seems overcome by her own power as an author, self indulgent in her story telling, or worried that her audience won t understand her overall message That may be the mark of a good editing team, and if so, A to them Her writing is not as lyrically beautiful as Kate DiCamillo s whose is, for that matter , but, like Dostoyevski s, it is very effective in reflecting doubts about human nature and, at times, touching It makes me wish, once again, that Dostoyevski was able to edit well I actually got all teary eyed over the death of an insect 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 With a few exceptions, I am not typically a big fan of science fiction fantasy, nor of bugs and rats and dark places Had I not read and loved The Hunger Games, I never would have even considered reading this book And I would have most certainly been missing out.This is Suzanne Collin s 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 With a few exceptions, I am not typically a big fan of science fiction fantasy, nor of bugs and rats and dark places Had I not read and loved The Hunger Games, I never would have even considered reading this book And I would have most certainly been missing out.This is Suzanne Collin s 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 islikely 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 highly recommend it, particularly if you enjoy YA fantasy or loved The Hunger Games ocuk kitab ym , PEH ocuklar nda okuyabilece i, herkese uygun bir kitap oldu unu s ylemek daha do ru olur Okudu umu d n gibi hat rlad m kitaplardan biri Gregor ve Gri Kehanet Yeni bir k t phane ke fetmi , kayd m yapt rm , stanbul u gezen bir Fatih edas yla raflar n aras nda dola p a z m n sular n tutmaya al rken kal n ciltlerin aras ndan bana g z k rpm t bu kitap Ve ben hi d nmeden onu ekip alm , tabii yan nda iki kitapla birlikte, eve gelip yemeden i meden okumu tum Her ocuk kitab ym , PEH ocuklar nda okuyabilece i, herkese uygun bir kitap oldu unu s ylemek daha do ru olur Okudu umu d n gibi hat rlad m kitaplardan biri Gregor ve Gri Kehanet Yeni bir k t phane ke fetmi , kayd m yapt rm , stanbul u gezen bir Fatih edas yla raflar n aras nda dola p a z m n sular n tutmaya al rken kal n ciltlerin aras ndan bana g z k rpm t bu kitap Ve ben hi d nmeden onu ekip alm , tabii yan nda iki kitapla birlikte, eve gelip yemeden i meden okumu tum Her bir kelimeyle nefesimi kesen bir kitapt Tabii o zamanlar bu ekilde bir kitap manya de ildim ama bu yola girmeme sebep olan kitaplar n ba n ekiyor bu y zden benim i in hep zel olarak kalacak Ayr ca devam h l okunmay bekleyen serilerden biridir I want to give this book so manythan 5 stars It was SO SO FREAKING GOOD 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 muchdepth 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 manythan 5 stars It was SO SO FREAKING GOOD 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 muchdepth 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 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 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 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 a mysterious prophecy I really like seeing prophecies unfold in books the fact that it actually surprised me with some of the things that happen I sometimes find it easy to see what is gonna happen but not this time and how addictive and action packed it is.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 needshype 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 There are some Daddy issues but Kafka doesn t hold the patent on that Besides looking for Kafka though, I found this f 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 There are some Daddy issues but Kafka doesn t hold the patent on that Besides looking for Kafka though, I found this fun Apparently my view of fun lately is fantastical adventures children go on that I can read in a couple of hours I m either regressing, or just making up for all the books I never read as a little kid But I ll state it again for the kids out there who might be thinking of reading this because of some pretty heavy allusions to Kafka, it s not about Kafka, nor especially Kafka esque

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  • 326 pages
  • Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
  • Suzanne Collins
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 043977134X