Gregor the Overlander is a funny and gripping book. It is by Suzanne Collins, author of the Best-selling Hunger Games series, but has a lot less violence and is good for a variety of ages. Gregor and his baby sister, Margeret (a.k.a Boots) fall into a hole in their laundry room one day. They end up in the Underland, a whole different world where odd people live among huge spiders, cockroaches, bats, and rats. A war is about to start between the Underlanders and the rats, and only the warrior can save the Underland. The warrior is, of course, Gregor. Gregor, Boots, and a couple others go on a dangerous quest to stop the rats and, on the way, save Gregor’s dad from the rats who took him more than 2 years ago. They complete the quest by following a prophecy written long ago, and each line of the prophecy is the next leg of the journey. I won’t spoil what happens at the end, but I enjoyed the book from start to finish. Suzanne Collins could still write an edge-of-your-seat, gripping novel even years before the Hunger Games. There are many plot twists that make this story interesting. After Gregor the Overlander, there is Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and finally, Gregor and the Code of Claw.

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