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When Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, 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 in this conflict, but again and again, he and his family are drawWhen Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, 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 in this conflict, but again and again, he and his family are drawn into the Underland. Gregor must find his place in the frightening prophecies he encounters, the strength to protect his family, and the courage to defend against an army of giant rats.In this action-packed and masterful series, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and its great warrior, Gregor the Overlander....

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Gregor the Overlander Box Set Reviews

  • Velauria
    2019-02-13 08:12

    Yep. Not even sorry. These books are delicious, addictive, bite-sized reads. Gregor is basically Katniss and Peeta's tween son, living in present day (I think?) NYC. The books are fun and action-packed, and also packed full of morals and deep thoughts for the young'uns. She deals with heavy issues like war vs. peacekeeping, self-preservation vs. the common good, fighting evil internally as well as externally, brotherhood, loyalty, etc. They tested my fantasy limits with all the talking rats and spiders and stuff, but in all honesty I was fully invested in these characters by book 2. It's all very Neil Gaiman for kids. My least favorite was book #4, and I was prepped to hate book #5 because it had Mockingjay written all over it (seriously, this book is clearly where she worked out her Hunger Games plotline), but it was so much more well done than Mockingjay. Everything felt more fully fleshed out, and even the "relationship" between the 12 year olds had more meaning (and resolution) than the Katniss/Peeta trainwreck. Reading this series makes me even angrier about Mockingjay, because she could have done so much better.

  • Francesca Gulinatti
    2019-02-10 08:00

    This set of books was a great surprise! I wasn't really confident when i read the plot somewhere, but i am glad a friend told me to read it.After the first few pages I was hooked.The writing is really engaging and the story is full of new twists, interesting plots and suspance. I could be more clear but i don't want to spoil anything.It seriously a book that surprised me and kept me turning pages eagerly.A must read for lovers of the genre.The only bad thing is that we leave this world too early, more books would have been welcomed!

  • Rhiannon Ryder
    2019-01-18 09:05

    I've had this lovely box set sitting on my shelves for a bit now, and when Christmas rolled around I decided it was time to dig into Suzanne Collins first series of books. As millions of others, the Hunger Games rocked my socks off, so it was a natural progression to want to read the rest of her work. It was ridiculously hard to get your hands on it until the movie buzz started, but now you should be able to find the series loose or in boxed sets almost anywhere.From Goodreads, Gregor the Overlander-Book 1: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.The series has a slow start, introductions to the brutal and bizarre Underland are a bit complex and strange. I suppose this will seem odd, but I found the history of the Underlanders stranger than the giant bugs and rats. Supposedly they were lead underground by the Earl of Sandwich? No real explanation why the Earl of Sandwich or why they felt the need to go underground but that's the set up. Also, the Earl was a bit of prophecy teller, and none of it was positive, which makes me really wonder why he thought this whole relocation was a good idea, however once the story starts to get past the intro and into the adventure proper it does take off.Gregor is very likable, but it's his little sister Boots that sold the whole series for me. Especially her affinity with the Cockroaches. She's funny, lovable and more than anyone else she's what I stuck around for in the first book. Boots, who loved any kind of compliment, instinctively knew she was being admired. She stretched out her chubby arms to the giant insects. "I poop," she said graciously, and they gave an appreciative hiss. "Be she princess, Overlander, be she? Be she queen, be she?" Asked the leader, dipping its head in slavish devotion.Gregor grows, character wise, quite a bit in the first book but he really doesn't start to hold his own until book two, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane.Like many debuts, book one isn't the strongest of the series. By book two Suzanne starts to dig into the meat of the story and really start to look at war, segregation and prejudices. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is also when I started being more intrigued by her other characters, Ripred was one of my favorites after Boots, but Gregor, the bats and the underlanders all start to have much more depth.Between the Hunger Games and the Gregor series its obvious war, violence, prejudice and the struggle to live are of major interest to Collins. It's intriguing to see how she presents it for a middle grade audience versus the young adult audience. The edge is still there, but there's a softness to it that is definitely lacking in the Hunger Games. The humor is one of the biggest differences, but the ability to return to the safety of his family at any time is also a big change. I was the most impressed by the fact she doesn't dumb down the brutality for the younger crowd, she pulls all the same punches of loss, betrayal and the struggle for survival that she does in HG.By the end of the series I was very attached to all the main players, and I was on the edge of my seat to see the outcome of the violence. And although the prophecies were a bit of a contrived way to keep dragging Gregor and his family into the Underlanders issues, I was willing to forgive it because the rest of the story was strong.An adventurous romp through a truly bizarre fantasy world, Gregor the Overlander has a slow build but it's well worth the effort of getting through the first slightly bumpy patch. It's the sort of story that's not only enjoyable, and often funny, but it also has great things to say about heavy topics not regularly broached in middle grade lit. If you're one of the die-hard fans whose read the books, are about to see the movies and have been dying to dig into more Suzanne Collins goodness then you won't go wrong grabbing the Gregor series.

  • Emily
    2019-01-29 09:06

    This series was recommended to me by my 11-year-old son's best friend. I'm glad I read them, even though I neglected my children and sleep and everything else to do so! (I breezed through five books in five days.) I highly recommend them to all kids from about third grade and up. There are many things I love about these books: 1. The pacing is just perfect for younger readers. It has a quickly moving storyline but is never *too* suspenseful or frightening as to induce nightmares. 2. Suzanne Collins brought these characters (Gregor, Boots, Luxa, and all the rest) to life without overusing blatant description. I know their personalities but not the color of their hair (of the humans, anyway -- she always told us what color fur the rats and bats had.) If Gregor the Overlander had been written after Hunger Games' cinematic success, I would think that she left her characters deliberatly under-described to leave more wiggle room for the casting when they make the movies. (For they should make the movies!!!)3. There is not even a hint of bad language or sexuality. The last book makes a faint stab at a mild romance, which actually felt really out of place, but nothing that made me not want to let my kids read it. 4. The ending, while not exactly a happy ending, leaves possiblilties open. It is more realistic than a perfect fairy-tale ending, which kind of bums me out, BUT! She could go on to write a book number six! And she should! I want to know what happens to Gregor's family and everyone in Regalia.

  • Allison
    2019-02-01 13:02

    The first four books were good fun books. I rate it three stars as an adult reading it but I probably would have rated it higher if I had been eleven years old. I wasn't such a fan of the fifth book for two reasons. First because it is more violent than the previous ones (it's a war so obviously there is going to be some violence but I don't think it's appropriate for a kids book to talk about ripping out throats). Before I read the last book I thought it would be a good one for my son to read in a few years but now I don't.The second reason I did not like the fifth book is because I just finished reading Mockingjay by the same author. It's practically the same book. Main character goes off to battle, comes back and recuperates repeat 3 times. Main character is used as a pawn by the war leaders, is even given a special uniform to wear that makes him look cool and be an inspiration to the fighters. Has a character that is leading the war supposedly for good but is really cold and calculating and doesn't care about personal casualties. I think I figured out why I didn't like Mockingjay. The author couldn't think of anything new to write for the final book so she just copied what she did in the previous series. Overlander book 5 is better than Mockingjay though. Probably because it was written for a younger audience so it's not as depressing.

  • Michele
    2019-01-28 08:50

    I bought this set years ago with the intention of gifting them. I'm not sure if the intended recipient will ever be ready for such reading and, after deciding that the set had been taking up space for too many years, I thought I might as well read them myself.Let me point out that I had NO idea that they were written by the author of The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset until just now. If I had known, I probably would have cracked the seal long ago. The Underland Chronicles was SO good! And unlike Collins' more famous series, got better and better with each book.The story revolves around Gregor, an eleven-year-old that lives in New York City with his struggling family. He stumbles upon a hidden world miles below ground, a place where humans, rats, mice, spiders bats and other creatures live as equals. The different species don't always get along, and Gregor plays a pivotal role as the prophesied warrior come to the humans' aid.If you don't mind reading dark novels intended for sixth graders, I highly recommend this series!

  • Theresa
    2019-01-28 09:08

    Gregor the Overlander Box Set (Underland Chronicles, #1-5)Collins, Suzanneoverlander: the kids adored boots, this was a pretty scary and exciting book about a boy whose father is missing and he finds himself lost in another world that he is concidered a hero even before he came because of the prophey of the gray.Prophecy of bane: boots is still the kids favorite character but they did not like fo fo or many of the other grousing characters, geoger has found that he again is drawn into the intrege and danger of the underland, his sister has been kidnapped and taken into the underland, by his friends in an attempt to save her, and that is just the begining of another dangerous and imposible adventure. Warmbloods: force by circumstance to again go down under and save underland gregor has to bring his little sister to save the people and animals and his bond from the plague. only to find that sudition is the source of all his problems. Marks of Secret : A haunting tale similar to the holocaust in theme and meaning showing how hatred and intolerance brings out the worst in manCode of the claw: what do you do when you find out that the words say you will die to save others whould you be willing to pay the final price if you knew your sacrfice will save an entire world. this one is a tear jerker through out, i was in tears the kids were not.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-09 13:10

    I hadn't realized that this series was written for kids when I started reading it (I'm guessing 11/12 year-olds are the target audience) but since I didn't have another book lined up, I decided to give it a chance and I am so happy that I did! It could be my unresolved issues stemming from my early adolescence or it could be Suzanne Collins' captivating prose but either way I was lured deep into the Underworld along with Gregor and I held fast to each page before moving on to the next. Each one of the books explored not only fantastical lands filled with remarkable characters but also the very human struggle of discovering and fully accepting the complexity of the "self." My only problem with this series is that it ended to quickly.

  • Ethan
    2019-01-18 12:03

    Book#1: First it tells Gregor's Dad is disappear so his mom have to work a lot to keep this family wealth. One day,Gregor's mom said she is going to comeback late so Gregor have to take care of his sister. His (small) sister fall into a conduit that connect to the underground and Gregor have to follow his sister to the underground . Gregor meet the people who live at underground and they call here ” underland. “He also find his sister.They say Gregor is the overlander he is come to save underland. But Gregor just want to go back to home ,but there is no way to go back except for be an overlander. Than Gregor meet the queen of the underland. Gregor have to defend the army of giant bats.Than Gregor the overlander save the underland and he find the way to go back.

  • shruti
    2019-02-12 08:16

    It is really interesting reading this after being thoroughly obsessed with The Hunger Games. You can see, actually, how The Hunger Games might have evolved from Suzanne Collins earlier works. There is the simple things like repeats of names and descriptions (Pollux, a mechanical clicking/buzzing from the jungle) and there are other deeper things like relations between different groups of haves and have-nots, the mistakes/arrogance made by warring rulers, etc. I am interested in where the series goes (I read it once before but I cannot remember how the series ends).

  • Pramika Kadari
    2019-02-07 10:02

    It had a unique plot and I loved the characters. The writing was simplistic but this was a good series, the ending was so bittersweet, it broke my heart. I really love the relationships formed between the characters in this series. However, the most impressive part of this book is the probably the world building. Collins painted a beautiful picture in my mind of what the Underland looks like. There really aren't many problems I have with this book and I think it deserves more credit.

  • Emily
    2019-01-27 13:12

    Every once in a while I am surprised by how much I love a series. This one is perfect for my phase in life--good fantasy with a touch of depth and reality, and easy and fast reading (its juvenile fiction)

  • Matthew Rider
    2019-02-05 08:50

    Excellent readThis is geared toward 10 year olds, but it is a fantastic story. I found myself gloating sucked into it as my 10 year olds began reading this.

  • Howie
    2019-01-19 09:57

    This series was one I discovered after reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I was captivated by that trilogy, but in my opinion, The Underland Chronicles is a better overall series.Someone somewhere once described this series as a modern-day version of Alice in Wonderland, only under the streets of New York City. That person wasn't wrong. I found myself unable to put these books down for long, and I most definitely had characters that I both rooted for and against.For those who are wondering whether Suzanne Collins had anything besides a great heroine in Katniss, wonder no more. Collins, indeed, created a worthy predecessor in Gregor. It should be noted that these books skew a bit younger than The Hunger Games, and based on the author alone a reader can't help but compare the two. However they are vastly different. For instance, the animals in the Underland talk like humans. And i counted two who were among my favorite characters by the end of the series.One of these days, I would love to see some film company adapt this series for the big screen. It would likely need to be CG since so much is underground, but until such time, I'll take solace in the fact that in my imagination, this series was incredibly worth my time.

  • Valerie Best
    2019-01-22 10:02

    I think this book series is a powerhouse on its own, but it's especially interesting when contextualized with The Hunger Games, because you can hear heartbeats of what that series will become in Gregor. Collins seems to like to write children in times of revolution (actually, thinking about it, I think I read an interview she gave that stated that very fact), and this is that, with so much sweetness and so much heart. I don't think I've ever loved a young hero like I love Gregor. And the rest of the characters are fully realized and three-dimentinal, and everything else you'd expect from such a master craftsman like Collins.I always love a first book in a series when it's done with a competent hand, because the world building is so fun. But, soup to nuts, every one of these are fun and scary and fantastical.

    2019-01-16 11:58

    This series(or chronicles) stands out with some of the other books I have read and that's why I decided to review this.The books one after the other always made me feel my heartbeat when I got distracted by other things and I couldn't think straight until I reached the conclusion.I saw a lot of people in different forums complaining about the ending but I felt it had been left for our imagination to be built upon and I have recently come across many books with such ending and I actually have started liking this new sensation with an incomplete ending.I would personally recommend this for young teenagers.

  • Leah
    2019-02-15 13:51

    Audiobooks. Enjoyed with Davey end of April 2017 to mid June 2017. Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator, and does justice to the characters and story. This being my second time reading these, I was newly amazed at the scope of the story. Collins doesn't shy from things like death, genocide, and prejudice, even though the target audience is young and her hero is only 11. I think a lot of those elements went over Davey's head, but we both enjoyed the series; I'm sure we'll come back to them again. Highly recommend.

  • Brianna Waldridge
    2019-01-31 09:52

    This was the series that got my son really enjoying reading. He read them as a 3rd grader and couldn't wait to get to the next book. I read them and enjoyed them, too, just not quite as much as he did.Pros: The Underland is imaginatively set, and the mysteries therein keep you coming back for more. Characterization, plot, and theme are well done, too.Cons: It's clearly a juvenile series. Not on the same level as Harry Potter, which is equally as good for adults. But if you like juvenile fiction, or if you have an elementary-age son, get these books!

  • Katie Chamberlain
    2019-01-19 15:47

    The first three books were the best. They explored the affects of fighting and war on individuals and communities. The final two seemed to drop that thread and focus solely on the adventure and romance of the story. I wish the author had come to more of a conclusion about war and conflict and how it should be dealt with.

  • Kay Grosvenor
    2019-01-24 09:03

    I love this seriesI just reread it for the third time. It is just as amazing as I remember. I recommend it to anyone.

  • Faith
    2019-02-09 15:02

    Please make moreThis was the best book ever make more please it is a very good book this would be a good book to start up again

  • Tendra
    2019-01-18 16:11

    Really fun kids book. I enjoyed it.

  • Megan
    2019-01-25 09:04

    When people hear the name Suzanne Collins, their minds typically jump to The Hunger Games. At least they have in my experience. I'm glad I read this series, it gave me even more respect for Collins. Gregor the Overlander series are so much fun to read, I love them and I think they got underrated when Collins wrote The Hunger Games. Gregor's adventures through the Underland are full of crazy plot twists, there's a lot of character development, it's a fantasy that I would recommend to all ages.

  • Lilyrose
    2019-01-21 11:03

    I loved it!!!

  • Becqui
    2019-02-03 11:09

    I was hesitant, at first, because this book had Arthur and the Invisibles written all over it, from the underground city, the teen princess, the lost father, the talking bugs taking revenge. But eventually it grew into its own story, and I felt as if I were there experiencing this young, naive boy, protecting his 2 year-old baby sister from the evils of the Underland, while learning to trust in others, and simultaneously trying to rescue his dad from the Gnawers (rats). Gregor is the reluctant warrior in Sandwiches' prophecy, the hero of Regalia, making friends and enemies wherever he goes. He sort of switches roles with his father. His dad is the weak "child" needing protection, and Gregor is more of the responsible parent, of Boots and their father. He then has to face the reality of returning home to lead a "normal" life again, forever changed by his experiences, and forever scarred.After reading the 1st book in the series, I had to read the rest. The 2nd book tricks a still reeling Gregor back to Regalia months after he left with his ailing, rescued father. His dad is still very sick and his mom is back home working 2 jobs to support the family, including the alzheimer-ridden grandmother and 11 year-old Gregor's 2 younger sisters, 2 year-old Boots, and 9 year-old Lizzie. Boots is kidnapped by her cockroach friends, in order to get Gregor to return to the Underland to fulfill another prophecy as warrior, to track down and kill the Bane, a rare white rat, set out to destroy Regalia and the Humans, and to rule the Gnawers and all of Underland. Gregor agrees to help his friends yet again, as long as he keeps Boots with him. In the journey, Princess Luxa is hesitant to trust anyone after being betrayed by her cousin Henry, who threw her to the rats in the previous book. They make more allies, some thought of as temporary and expendable, to all but Gregor. After many battles and fearing his sister and Luxa dead, he and his bond (bat Ares) discover the Bane, who is but a rat pup, who reminds Gregor of his baby sister, and he cannot bring himself to kill it, so he turns it over to his Gnawer friend Ripred to raise. The council at Regalia brings Gregor up on charges of treason for not murdering the Bane, but he and his friends are saved by Regalia's newly appointed Queen Nerissa, Henry's sister and Luxa's cousin, who is a prophet in her own right. Alas, Boots is not dead afterall, and has been rescued by her trusty cockroach babysitter, Temp, after a fierce battle with rats in the tunnels. The wherabouts or condition of Luxa is unknown, and she is feared dead. The 3rd book starts as Ripred forces Gregor to return to the Underland, after his family is threatened. His mom insists on going this time, since his dad is still too sick, and Boots' presence is requested as well. They are told they are needed for a discussion about the plague that is spreading, in which Gregor's bond, Ares, as well as his friend, Howard, have contracted the plague, known as the Curse of the Warmbloods. Just as Gregor's mom had had enough of the Underland, she is bitten by a mite containing the plague, and contracts it herself. So she is forced to stay in Regalia, conveniently clearing up Gregor to help hunt down the cure. He teams up with old friends and new, and lands in a deadly jungle where they must watch their every step. After days without food and another loss, they meet Luxa's Uncle Hamnet, who has been living there with his half-lander son since he left Regalia. He agrees to help them find the cure, and in so doing, they find Luxa alive, living with the mice in the jungle. When they think they have found the plant which will bring them the cure, they are attacked by Cutters (ants), who completely destroy the plant they so desperately needed, and killing Hamnet in the process. Throughout all of this, Gregor discovers that he is a rager, who becomes an unstoppable force when battling, losing all control of his senses, allowing his new "power" to take over. A defeated group returns to Reglia, to find that Dr. Neveeve has discovered the cure for the plague, however it is really a subterfuge. Luxa's very own Aunt Solovet, the leader of the Regalia militia, instructed the doctor to create the plague, to kill the Gnawers, but it has also killed many humans and bats. The doctor is executed, Solovet is imprisoned, and Luxa takes her rightful place as Queen, even though she is still too young to officially rule. Gregor's mom is still too ill to return home, so he and Boots leave with out her.

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    2019-01-23 12:15


  • Mila Gatski
    2019-01-26 12:15

    I read all the books, she created an interesting world of talking animals and people. Love her imagination. Will like to see it in a movie.

  • Rikke
    2019-02-06 15:15

    I bought this box-set after having read The Hunger Games trilogy, and I so wanted to read more by Suzanne Collins. I didn't really know much about the series, other than Collins had written it. Now, I absolutely adore this it. The writing is stunning and the premise is perfectly to my liking. The MC, Gregor is a great kid, his little sister, Boots, is adorable and Rip Curl, is quite possibly the best non-human character I have encountered yet. In fact, I feel like giving credit to all the characters for once. Even, but definitely not least, the cockroaches.. I had so much fun reading these books, that I actually read the entire series back-to-back, and made sure to recommend it to every book loving kid I know. I even turned temporary fan-girly and read reviews and articles about it AFTER finishing the series, in the hopes that a movie was in production. Obviously I really, really liked it, or more accurately I loved this series to the moon and back, times 5!! I love it on the same level as I will always savor Narnia, The Brothers Lionheart and The Neverending Story, all of which are full of nostalgia and epic-ness to me. It's much like Harry Potter, actually.. In the sense that I read both HP and Gregor as and adult.. And loved both nonetheless. And like any of the books, this is an adventuresome tale filled with great characters, awesome quests, solid world building and an urban fantasy setting, although IMO there might be most of a Narnia-feel to it, though, sort of.I definitely wouldn't want anything to be different in this story. For me it was truly perfect. Although this might be categorized as a middle grade read, I recommend Gregor the Overlander to ANYONE looking for great storytelling. I might also mention that this would be and absolutely delightful read-aloud choice, for parents of both girls or boys, as it isn't a gender specific type of book.

  • Chris
    2019-02-13 09:59

    This is a terrific tale. Despite their intended audience of adolescent boys (not that there's anything wrong with that), these books should appeal to anyone who likes good storytelling set in a fantasy genre. Gregor is everyman (or everyboy), making him instantly relatable for the reader. Thrust into a fantasy world that is both familiar and unique at the same time, he has to rise to the occasion and find within himself the strength to meet the challenges set before him, something every almost-teen can certainly related to. It's a real coming-of-age piece for a boy at the significantly transitionary age of 12.One of the things that was pleasantly surprising to me was that Collins doesn't feel the need to pad the story. She'll get to a point--say, a twist in a quest, and as the reader you'll think, "ok, well, it won't be that easy, she'll draw this out," but nope, the story moves on, and naturally so. Her same effortless storytelling from The Hunger Games trilogy is evident here. Though the subject matter on the surface seems less heady than that work, she doesn't shy away from violence or its cost. In short, while the characters and situations might seem right in line with what one might expect in adolescent fiction, I would argue that the themes aspire to something weightier. Collins' strict structure of 3 parts to each book (and 9 chapters to each part) was also appealing to me...but I'm anal like that. :-p Rather than staid or inflexible, I see reliable structure as a tribute to a writer's discipline--as much a part of the art form as imagery or character--rather than an indication of lack of creativity.Obviously, I really enjoyed these books. I just wish she's write something else!

  • Emily
    2019-01-30 11:11

    Why can I not review books 4 & 5 individually? Hm.I finished reading this series to my son several days ago and I've been trying to figure out what to say about it ever since. The first three books were engaging, but I was blown away by the last two. It's hard to imagine that a fictional middle level series could tackle war and genocide in an age-appropriate way, but somehow Collins manages it. Throughout the series, as the main character learns that he is capable of killing others, he must constantly wrestle with how and when and why he chooses to do so. This series is all about how people (and in this case other animal species) can be brave and kind and loyal and just, but it's also about the devastating violence -- individual and mass -- that they can perpetrate on each other as well. I wept many times reading the last two books and my son did, too, because Collins doesn't shy away from depicting how truly awful war is. And while, as a parent, I found some of the scenes horrifying -- they were also real, and they prompted me and my son to stop and talk about how we were feeling about what was happening. By the end of the book it's no surprise that Gregor is changed. He's no longer a child and his happiness is now a melancholy one. In some ways, he's living with survivor's guilt. He's seen and experienced so much loss, and he's constantly dealing with the consequences of his own actions. He can't ever go back, but he recognizes the power of hope, and so he clings to it.Published between 2003-2007 (before Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games series), Gregor the Overlander is still timely and its themes of family, friendship, truth, and justice are deep and abiding. A beautiful, painful, necessary read.