Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles Series #3)

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Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to the Underland. Gregor eventually comes face to face with the Rat King, and to his surprise, he finds he is unable to kill this creature. Is Gregor right to follow his heart?
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Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to the Underland. Gregor eventually comes face to face with the Rat King, and to his surprise, he finds he is unable to kill this creature. Is Gregor right to follow his heart?
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  • The Underland Chronicles Series
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Favorite fiction stars return to the spotlight. The intrepid adventurer first introduced in Gregor the Overlander (about which PW's starred review said, "Collins does a grand job of world-building") now features in the third installment of the Underland Chronicles, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins. Just a few months after returning from his mission in Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane, the hero finds himself in the laundry room, where a scroll from Vikus informs him that "The Prophecy of Blood is upon us," and this time it's Gregor, Boots and their mother who descend. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This third book continues the saga of Gregor's adventures in the amazing subterranean world under New York City. This time the 11-year-old is trying to save victims of an Underland plague, including Ares, his giant bat bond-mate, and Gregor's own mother. The quest for the cure takes the boy and his friends into new sections of the Underland where plants are carnivorous and a giant lizard serves as a guide. The Overlander is again joined on his quest by Boots, his toddler sister; Ripred, the rat; and Temp, the giant cockroach. As before, the quest is guided by a prophecy that only becomes clear in the later stages of the book. Collins maintains the momentum, charm, and vivid settings of the original title. The characterizations continue to be complex with each new book, revealing new sides to familiar individuals. Fans of this inventive series and new readers alike will be instantly caught up in the action and will look forward to future installments.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For the third time, Gregor and his stolid little sister Boots descend to the Underland in fulfillment of a prophecy, in a story that delivers the breakneck adventure and strong characters readers have come to expect. The Curse of the Warm-bloods, it turns out, is a terrible plague that threatens every mammal in the Underland. On their perilous journey to a cure, the questing party (which readers will be delighted to find includes the wonderfully caustic rat Ripred), encounters both Luxa, erstwhile Queen of Regalia, along with her bat Aurora, and Hamnet, Luxa's long-lost uncle, who has fled humankind to escape its warring ways. Collins keeps the plot moving at warp speed and includes just enough background to bring readers up to speed on the multitude of characters and the political rivalries that unite and divide them. This offering takes on an even darker tone than the earlier ones, delving into meaty questions of territorial expansion and its justification. Although no further prophecy is unveiled at the end to explicitly promise another sequel, readers will surely be hoping for one. (Fiction. 9-14)
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Kirkus Reviews
June 15, 2005
For the third time, Gregor and his stolid little sister Boots desend to the Underland in fulfillment of a prophecy, in a story that delivers the breakneck adventure and strong characters readers have come to expect. The Curse of the Warmbloods, it turns out, is a terrible plague that threatens every mammal in the Underland. On their perilous journey to a cure, the questing party (which readers will be delighted to find includes the wonderfully caustic rat Ripred), encounters both Luxa, erstwhile, Queen of Regalia, along with her bat Aurora, and Hamnet, Luxa's long-lost uncle, who has fled humankind to escape its warring ways. Collins keeps the plot moving at warp speed and includes just enough background to bring readers up to speed on the multitude of characters and the political rivalries that unite and divide them. This offering takes on an even darker tone than the earlier ones, delving into meaty questions of territorial expansion and its justification. Although no further prophecy is unveiled at the end to explicitly promise another sequel, readers will surely be hoping for one.

Horn Book
June 6, 2005
Just a few months after his previous adventure in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane ,(rev. 9/04), Gregor,, almost twelve, finds himself deciphering another enigmatic prophecy from the Underland, "a dark war-torn world miles beneath New York City." In this gripping fantasy novel, Gregor and his two-year-old sister Boots embark on their third epic quest in the strange subterranean land, this time to help find a cure for the deadly plague that threatens to wipe out all "warm-bloods"; i.e., mammals. Gregor cares deeply for a number of the Underiand's pale, violet-eyed humans and giant rats and bats, and his mission takes on even more personal urgency when his mother (who, ill-advisedly, has insisted on joining her children in the Underland) is bitten by a plague- infected flea. This immensely readable installment won't disappoint fans of the first two books. In fact, Collins seems to have hit her stride with this page-turner. Character development, plotting, pacing, and description all shine; suspenseful chapter endings propel the story forward to its shocking and sobering conclusion. Battle-weary Gregor and young Boots must leave their mother behind when they return to our world, making the promise of a future visit all the more compelling. K.F.Book Inc.

School Library Journal
July 2005
Gr 4-7-This third book continues the saga of Gregor's adventures in the amazing subterranean world under New York City. This time the 11-year-old is trying to save victims of an Underland plague, including Ares, his giant bat bond-mate, and Gregor's own mother. The quest for the cure takes the boy and his friends into new sections of the Underland where plants are carnivorous and a giant lizard serves as a guide. The Overlander is again joined on his quest by Boots, his toddler sister; Ripred, the rat; and Temp, the giant cockroach. As before, the quest is guided by a prophecy that only becomes clear in the later stages of the book. Collins maintains the momentum, charm, and vivid settings of the original title. The characterizations continue to be complex with each new book, revealing new sides to familiar individuals. Fans of this inventive series and new readers alike will be instantly caught up in the action and will look forward to future installments.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI

Booklist. 7/1/05 This third installment of the Underland Chronicles picks up right where Gregor and the Prophecy of BaneG (2004) left off. Eleven-year-old Gregor is busy at home in Manhattan deciphering the Prophecy of Blood that calls for him and his younger sister, Boots, to return to the Underworld to find the cure for a terrible plague that threatens all of its warm-blooded inhabitants. Gregor's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307283788
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Underland Chronicles Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collin's debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. All three titles in the series are 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 May 1, 2013

    Awesome!

    This book series is so good they should make movies out of it! HIT YES IF U WANT IT YO BE A MOVIE

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    ANOTHER SUPER BOOK BY SUZZANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved the book!!!!!!! I HOPE THEY MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THIS SERIES! IT HAS EVERYTHING A MOVIE NEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Enjoyed it!

    After reading Hunger Games I went in search of more books by Suzanne Collins and found the Gregor series. I read them all, one after another. Though the series is probably considered for teens...I loved them and was sad when I finished the last book. Great fantasy and interesting "underland" characters!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Just so remarkably amazing

    My favorite series ever!!! These books are so amazing, you need to read them. I prefer them over the hunger games

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

    i absolutely loved the first book! but this.. this is twice as good.Once again, here is my summary of this wonderful book.


    Gregor is finally home after his latest trip to Regalia. Thinking there cant possibly be anymore quests..... .............Gregor is right! Later, Gregor finally recieves a letter from Vikus, but instead of Luxa and the oters whereabouts, it is a plea for help.Gregor must attend to a meeting about a terrible plague that is spreading like wildfire all over the Underland.But instead of it being just a meeting as promised, it turns out to be a life threatining quest for them to find the cure themselves.


    Follow along with Gregor and the other members of the crew while he fufills yet another prophecy. Really good book


    -Kira C.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    K

    OMG Gregor and Boots do it again

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    :):):):):):):):):)::)

    GUESS WHAT GREGOR + UNDERLAND = AWWWSSSOOOOMMMMEEEEE. Come on guess!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    At a lose of words

    I recamened this book to everyone . I have no bad things to say about this book

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Luxa

    I love this book! Luxa is the best character

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Anonymous

    The BEST searys!!!!!!(:(:(:(:Working on 5th time!!!!!!!!!!



    I'm 9 years old please reflect on it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    These Overlander books may be target for youngsters, but I enjoyed it as much as any adult book, maybe more.

    Suzanne Collins is GREAT. I have read all the Overlander books and all the Hunger Games series. I enjoyed them so much. That I'm hesitating to read the adult book/s she wrote. I love to read I am 66 y/o grandmother of 4 and I'm buying these books for them to read in the future as they are too young to appreciate them now.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    I wasn't sure that Suzanne Collins could exceed the quality of t

    I wasn't sure that Suzanne Collins could exceed the quality of the first book in the series, but I'm happy to say this third book in the Underland Chronicles series is the best yet. Full of action in an eerie jungle-type setting, this is the point where the series truly makes a big turn in its evolution allowing the villains to look less so as we begin to see the Underland through their eyes. It does get a big preachy with what appears to be an anti-war message, though, it may be best to say it may be certain types of wars and war strategies that Collins is arguing against (in this case biological warfare.) Still, even with the excessive preachiness, it does little to take away from this incredible book in an incredible series. To say the least, I'm hooked. Credit also goes to August Hall for exceptional cover art.

    4.5/5

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    ok then.

    whoever wrote the comment on march 23rd is a dork. thatts coming from a teenager:)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Hi

    Hey Underlanders! Whats up?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Amazing and stuning book

    It is amazing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Lovely

    Idislike meat

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    So far so good!

    Love the book it is the best thing I have ever read am really starting to dig it! Best book ever:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Great book

    Read the book in one day. Could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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