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

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by Suzanne Collins
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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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:
9780439656245
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Underland Chronicles Series, #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
62,684
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is so good they should make movies out of it! HIT YES IF U WANT IT YO BE A MOVIE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!!!!!!! I HOPE THEY MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THIS SERIES! IT HAS EVERYTHING A MOVIE NEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
MilleryMe More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series ever!!! These books are so amazing, you need to read them. I prefer them over the hunger games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GUESS WHAT GREGOR + UNDERLAND = AWWWSSSOOOOMMMMEEEEE. Come on guess!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG Gregor and Boots do it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Luxa is the best character
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The BEST searys!!!!!!(:(:(:(:Working on 5th time!!!!!!!!!! I'm 9 years old please reflect on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recamened this book to everyone . I have no bad things to say about this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book it is the best thing I have ever read am really starting to dig it! Best book ever:)
Jojozachmasgram More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An epidemic has hit the Underland. A plague is killing off every warmblood there. Gregor again has been told that he must help save everyone. Again there is a prophecy. Gregor wants nothing more than to avoid anything to with the Underland. He is tricked and now his mother has been dragged into the Underland, leaving his father, his one sister and his grandmother in the Overland. It is a great story with lots of action, great dialogue and surprises every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book in one day. Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the title should tell you that there's an epic fantasy adventure between the covers of this book. I LOVE this series, and book #3 didn't disappoint. If you've read and loved the other books in this series, this is a must-read.
Refill More than 1 year ago
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
legs2of11 More than 1 year ago
As a retired teacher I volunteer in the library at my local elementary school. I read lots of lots of books so I will know what to recommend to catch someone's interest and reinforce a lifelong love for reading. This series is a favorite. The fast action fantasy makes you want to keep reading non-stop and then go look for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We started reading these books during ready aloud to your child week. My 7 year old son won it somewhere but its a little challenging for him. He can read it but the length is overwhelming. My husband and I read aloud to the kids at bedtime every night now. The series is amazing this book is the 3rd and I recommend starting at book one. All of us hate to stop because the books are so fast paced you are always stopping at an exciting moment. The books remind me of several other popular series. The author has taken the time to create and entire world with different creatures and a rich history. She slowly reveals the history and information as the books unfold.
Sparrowhawk24 7 months ago
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is comprised of what most refer to the second book syndrome in that the story served more as a stable foot for the developing plotline. Even so, the story sufficed, the characters were unique in their own right, and the overall tone was adventurous to some extent. What this book offered more of, in retrospect, was a fiery explosion of tension and shock-inducing moments where I found myself asking what the contents of the book are actually trying to convey. ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + What Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods lacks in entertainment, it makes up for in moral value. I came to reason with this conclusion as I mulled all the niggling details of the plot over and over again until I finally grasped where this series is headed. Let me take a few moments to elaborate: So there I was, aimlessly turning the pages all while trying to harness my nuanced emotions of boredom which eventually turned to emotional frustrations. (view spoiler). So on and so on. It wasn’t until I arrived at the last quarter of the book ―where Ripred began to shed light on the political entanglements of the Underland― that it finally dawned on me. All the petty bickering, the tedious quarrels, the acts of discrimination, the conflicts, and frustrations against social injustice and the political structure, all these underlying elements were Suzanne Collins’ medium to address the reader directly about the very people in power today and their abuse of that power! And that, my friends, is where the plot thickened. description You begin to see the corruption gradually unfold as Suzanne Collins begins to peel back the plotline’s layers and you’re left sitting in complete shock thinking, “This is some disturbing stuff.” All that to say, the plotline progressed in the end and it seems to be developing into something completely unexpected. + While I was frustrated with Suzanne Collins’ decision to introduce (yet again) a new cast of characters, I have to admit that the character development in this book was well-executed; primarily Luxa who despite my quibbles, (view spoiler) showed great potential and left a strong impression in the end. The other characters showed great growth too and you can only imagine my great pleasure when I learned that Ripred was going to join Gregor on his quest :D + As awful as this may sound, much of the book’s redeeming factor comes from Ripred’s half-heartedness towards Gregor, the humans, and the Underland. He kept things interesting and his snide remarks echoed a lot of what I was feeling. To boot, I appreciated his candor as he elucidated the political entanglements of the Underland. Yet at the same time, he had me doubting and perusing his motives (he’s such a mesmerizing character); still and all, behind that façade of indifference I know that there is a beating heart, and this is what makes him so utterly inscrutable WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Full review: http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2016/02/12/book-review-gregor-and-the-curse-of-the-warmbloods-by-suzanne-collins/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R u comming 2the tree where i told u 2run so we would be free so we aregoing down for real!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most amazingest series ever and whoever thinks these series are bad well than they have bad taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fave character is either, Luxa, Boots, Tick (Desiced*) * died on a brige to save boots,rats ate her! Or Gregor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series are full of adventure and excitement. I love them!