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Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It says something awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. The warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and ...

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Overview

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It says something awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. The warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and Gregor’s mom and little sister, Boots, are still in Regalia. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor’s hands and time is running out. There is a code that must be cracked, a new princess to contend with Gregor’s burgeoning dark side, and a war designed to end all wars.

In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
People have tried to keep Gregor from seeing the Prophesy of Time for a good reason: it says that the warrior Gregor will die. Shortly after Gregor finds out this horrifying fact, he finds himself readying for battle. An army of rats is descending upon Regalia, where his mother and sister are still located. Gregor must fight and also must decode the message written in the Code of Claw, as the fate of the Underland lies in their ability to decipher this code. In addition to the dangers, Gregor finds his feelings for Luxa becoming increasingly complex. This action-packed conclusion to the "Underland Chronicles" is a fitting conclusion to the series, a conclusion that, while not "happily ever after," is realistic and poignant. The code included with the book is an interesting puzzle if those reading want to play along.
VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
In this final series volume, Gregor dreads fulfilling The Prophecy of Time, which foretells that Regalia's war against the rats will continue until Gregor dies in combat, killing the rat leader, the Bane. Battle follows bloody battle as the rats gain ground, finally assaulting the city itself. Locked in the palace, Gregor, Lizzie, and Boots frantically attempt to decipher the rats' Code of Claw. When Lizzie cracks the code, the Regalians infiltrate enemy communications, feeding them false information. Gregor, assuming that his death alone will bring about victory, faces the Bane with only his bond, Ares, to help him. When the Bane's erratic behavior prevents Gregor from getting close enough for a fatal strike, Ares sacrifices his life to fly Gregor in for the kill. With Ares and the Bane lying dead, the gravely wounded Gregor loses consciousness, convinced that he is dying too. Wakening in the Regalian hospital, Gregor learns that deprived of their leader the rats have surrendered. Queen Luxa and Ripred establish a bond between the races, which promises lasting peace. Gregor, reunited with his family, returns reluctantly to New York, leaving his Regalian friends behind. Consistent quality has been a hallmark of this series. Although the story line has gradually become darker, Gregor maintains his endearing qualities as a reluctant hero. His love for his family and his compassion for his friends never flag. The world of Regalia, located below the streets of New York City, presents a magical realm of possibilities for young readers of this excellent acquisition for any library.
Faith H. Wallace
After backstabbing, infighting, and lying, the Underland is finally at war with each species, sizing up what side to take—side with the humans and Gregor, their warrior, or side with the rats and their leader, the one white rat, the Bane. If Gregor had spared the Bane's life as a pup, would the war still come? Would another leader make a difference? So much hate and distrust between the species was bound to erupt in war. Collins is a master of writing an authentic battle, not everyone survives. Nor should they. But it isn't necessarily the warrior that saves the day. His sister has an important role to play in putting the Underworld back together again. This is the last book in a sophisticated series that should be required reading. Collins deals with prophecies like poetry, logic, echolocation, and politics. It would fit in all subjects in middle grades content area classrooms. Reviewer: Faith H. Wallace
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In his fifth adventure, Gregor is faced with his most personal challenge in the Underland-a prophecy that seems to foretell his own death. As the final confrontation between the giant rats, led by the powerful Bane, and the humans, led by young queen Luxa and her advisors, approaches, Gregor confronts his own fears and finds his own role in the fighting. The conflict brings his family from New York to the Underland, and Gregor's sister Lizzie finds her own role as the code-breaker, working with a team of representatives of the different underground species to crack the rats' secret code and to anticipate their next movements. As attacks and ambushes bring chaos to the underground city of Regalia, Gregor's role as the warrior means that it's up to him to save the day. A realistic conclusion, including the loss of old friends and a message about the importance of peace and trust, leaves readers with a sense of optimism about the future of the Underland. Friends and foes from the previous volumes reappear here, and Gregor's self-doubts and changing relationship with Luxa add to his depth as a protagonist. Fans of the series will find much to appreciate, from an enigmatic prophecy to the complex rat Ripred, and they'll be drawn in by Collins's tight pacing and sense of urgency.
—Beth L. MeisterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
At the opening of this, the fifth and final entry in The Underland Chronicles, Gregor discovers why no one has told him what's in "The Prophecy of Time": He is to die. In short order, an airlift of mouse refugees to Regalia, capital of the human territories in the Underland, gives way to a siege by the fascist Bane and his rat hordes, abetted by the giant moles the humans had displaced centuries before when they came to the Underland. As gallons of blood spill, Gregor's math-whiz sister Lizzie helps a multi-species team break the rats' Code of Claw, and Gregor himself agonizes over whether the cause for which he fights is a just one. Perhaps Collins's greatest achievement in these tales is the effortless introduction of weighty geopolitical ethics into rip-roaring adventure. It seems as elusive in the Underland as up above, but Gregor and his companions, including the unforgettable rat Ripred, may yet find a way. The resolution is bittersweet but faintly hopeful-a fitting end for an unflinchingly gutsy series whose deftly drawn characters have always lived dangerously. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739364864
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Underland Chronicles Series , #5
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’s Underland Chronicles–Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, and Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods–have received wide praise in the United States and abroad. They are also all available on audio from Listening Library. Also a writer for children’s television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Best Book i have ever read. i cried and i laughed so i would love if suzanne will make a 6,7,and 8 book. it kind of left you hangin at the end with Gregor and Luxa so please Suzanne can you write another book.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

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    The book is great!!! I just wish Collins would finish up the series with a 6th book. She leaves too many questions unanswered. Also there's probably another way to make an adventure with Luxa and Gregor actually hooking up at the end instead of being forever separated... Love the Books PLZ WRITE MORE!!! thnx

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

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    Quickly became my favorite series!!!! All of it was undeniably magnificent, down to the last letter. Suzanne Collins PLEASE dont end the underland chronicles with just 5 books!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Please write more

    We need more.This is an amazing book but it just stops in the middle oh nowhere. Please write more books about Gregor The Overlander.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    needs another book

    Ithink this book wasnt made 2 be the end of the series i think their is another 1 coming but i cant be sure so keep writing plzzzzz.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!!!

    dude this book is so awesome! i want her to rite another one, cuz i want to know if he is going to see luxa again, and if he is going to move to virginina. SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!! I REALLY HOPE SHE RITES ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Boo! Knowing this was a five-book series, I was ready for the c

    Boo! Knowing this was a five-book series, I was ready for the
    conclusion, but I didn't expect it to be quite so open-ended. I
    sometimes wonder if authors do that because they think readers are
    intelligent enough to come up with their own interpretation or if they
    do it because they don't know how to end a series well. Yes, this book
    is quite exciting at times and has some nice intrigue, but this was
    supposed to be the one that ended it, and as corny as it may sound I
    wanted the happy ending. A movie like "Inception" can work
    with an open-ended conclusion, but this series should have had more at
    the end. And did it have to be quite so preachy with its anti-war
    message (granted this series does it more effectively than most others.)
    That being said Collins did a fantastic job creating complex characters
    that you really learn about, and in most cases genuinely like. Gregor.
    Boots. Luxa. Ripred. Ares. The Bane. Also, the love story between
    two major characters is one of the more genuine connections you will
    find in entertainment, and this is probably what I most wish had been
    resolved. As for another major character, I was angry with Collins when
    this one was killed towards the end of the novel. It was totally
    unexpected and totally unnecessary. A good book but not a fitting end
    for this outstanding series.
    Unless...and this is always a possibility as long as Collins is
    writing...a sixth book were created. One that will finally give us the
    answers and maybe a bit more of the ending we crave after reading such a
    great series. She's obviously got it in her to write very well, so I
    believe she's got it in her to provide us one more entry in the series.
    I figure they won't know if we don't tell them, so I've already sent an
    e-mail request tonight to Scholastic Press. It's worth a try.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    How can you do this?

    How can sz do this to us she makes something amazing and then makes it end like that. Its like she lights a fire that means something to everyone than douses it in water and kills all chances of happiness. Another negative comment is that there are so many deaths! How many people can you kill before you lose all your readers? On the good side it was well written and had some ok parts

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    sixth book

    It was a over all amazing book but I would like to see something to with the cutters that were at the border, And if theres any prophices for ripred the peacemaker and what land gnawers, and the diggers got.And it would be cool to see Gregor go back ten years later to the underland and see what has change or even two or three years would be nice. Thanks for writing such amazing books

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Plain G-R-E-A-T

    This book ROCKED!!!!!! It was awesome!!! But the only thing is, will she write more Gregor books? Hopefully!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Noooooo

    BEST BOOK EVER I LOVE IT!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Book six

    I want a book six!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Great!!!

    But Ares should not have died he was one of my favorite chareters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Suzanne Collins.

    I really despise you for making it end like this. Honestly, if you could have told us that they were going to stay in NYC, I would have been completely fine. But no, you had to ruin everyone's imagination. Sigh....this series was quite unexpected and amazing. In all honesty, when I read the first book, I labeled the series as "boring". God, now I feel so stupid because I judged one of the greatest series ever too quickly. I hope, that Luxa and Gregor meet again when they're adults. (I'm 10000% sure on this occuring, as his mom has no control over him once he's 18. They will live happily ever after and Luxa will bear sons and/or daughters, and Gregor's descendents shall be known all throughout the Underland. Thanks for writing this series, Suzanne. It was, I can say, one hell of an awesome journey!

    Sincerely, your sad fan, Jacob.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Movie

    Suzanne needs to make this a movie i would luv to see it on my tv at home i think that she really does need to make another book because this ending is to sad WAY too sad i almost cryd when ares died why suzanne why did ares have to die he didnt deserve that its just not right sooo if you want nother book put your handin the air like you just dont care if you want a movie to be made post yes in caps on the revies so YES and i have my hands in the air that my sugestions for suzzanne now why i liked the book i liked the book because ares and gregor are perfect bonds :( now im crying

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    She has to make another

    Suzanne Collins has to make another book because she just left us hanging like do they move to virginia and gregor can never see luxa and his friends again and lizzie cant see ripred and boots cant see temp? I mean seriously? Does she wnt us to suffer by never knowing? Why would she make deep friendships and romance when it leaves us all devastated that they probably wont ever be together because of their dumb mom. But besides that, It was one of the best series i ever read with twists and turns with the prophecies. I read the entire series in one day. Thats how good this series was

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Best series ever!!

    I seriously believe this ranks nearly above Harry Potter. I've enjoyed this series for years and recently picked up this book and, as others, believe there should be a 6th book.
    Please, if Suzanne or anyone is reading. This, make a sixth book! This series ended with so many questions

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    #$%&ing AWESOME

    Why the hell did Ares die!? And Tick the cockroach (Crawler whatever) die too? And Luxa and Gregor are kind of young for the whole romance thing, they shold have been 14-15-16 kind of age. I actually thought Ripred had died and was so sad. People might wonder why Im giving it five stars but I think it was very good. But I hope she will give it one more damn book!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    This book

    I have read all the series. The are sooooo funny. ¿h, they are just so, so funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Good

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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