Thursday, October 28, 2010
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane - Suzanne Collins (The Underland Chronicles #2)
In the months since Gregor first encountered the strange Underland beneath New York City, he’s sworn he won’t ever go back. But when another prophecy, this time about an ominous white rat known as the Bane, calls for Gregor’s help, the Underlanders know the only way they can get his attention is through his little sister, Boots. Now Gregor’s quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, the rebellious princess Luxa, and new allies and sends them through the dangerous and deadly Waterway in search of the Bane. Then Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.
Suzanne Collins has created characters and a world that are capturing countless imaginations. This second installment of the Underland Chronicles is sure to win her even more enthusiastic fans.
Okay, I adore this series.
All I've got to say is that when you finish a book, and instantly jump up searching for the next one to see if the cockroach is okay, you know the author is darn good.
Gregor continues to grow as a character, and I've got to tell you, I hope one day when I have kids, that I have a son like Gregor. This kid is awesome. He's smart and strong and wants nothing more than to protect and help his family. I love him.
The world that Collins has created is amazing. She has managed to weave a tale in which creatures that are classically seen as evil or disgusting (rats, spiders, bats, etc) are seen as friends. Not an easy feat.
In this second volume of the series, Gregor returns to the Underland after the cockroaches grab his baby sister Boots (who they adore) from Central Park when he's supposed to be watching her. Upon his return to Regalia, he finds out they took her for her own protection, as the rats are hunting her in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy. In order to stop them, Gregor agrees to go hunting for the Bane, a huge white rat that is a symbol of the rats' power.
This is a great tale of adventure and danger and excitement that's still suitable for younger readers.
*Please tell me you'll give this series a try. It's absolutely wonderful. You won't regret it!*