Title: Gregor the Overlander
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: May 2005
Series: Underland Chronicles #1
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!
When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment, he hurtles into the 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.
Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures. He just wants to find his way home. But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland’s uncertain future, he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.
Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, Suzanne Collin’s debut marked a thrilling new talent, and introduced a character no young reader will ever forget.
Gregor the Overlander was written by Suzanne Collins, the same author of the very popular young adult series The Hunger Games. This book was written for a younger teen audience with much less violence than The Hunger Games. Gregor is an eleven year old boy who lives in an apartment in New York City. Not to give anything away, but he stumbles into a secret portal to an underground world. As an ‘overlander’ Gregor is surprised to find giant animals living in this underworld such as spiders, cockroaches, rats, ants, bats, etc. He is relieved to find a civilization of humans who have survived and learned to thrive in this underworld. Will Gregor find a way back home, or will he stay to fulfill a prophecy of him in this underworld battle between giant creatures and humankind?