Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles Series #2)

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The action and adventure continue for Gregor in this stunning fantasy from Suzanne Collins, bestselling author of the Hunger Games. New cover art coming July 1st!

Gregor swears he will never return to the Underland, that strange world below New York City. But he is a key player in another prophecy, this one about an ominous white rat called the Bane. The Underlanders know there is only one way to lure Gregor back to their world: by kidnapping ...

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Overview


The action and adventure continue for Gregor in this stunning fantasy from Suzanne Collins, bestselling author of the Hunger Games. New cover art coming July 1st!

Gregor swears he will never return to the Underland, that strange world below New York City. But he is a key player in another prophecy, this one about an ominous white rat called the Bane. The Underlanders know there is only one way to lure Gregor back to their world: by kidnapping his little sister, Boots.
Now Gregor's quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, and the rebellious princess Luxa. They descend into the dangerous Waterway in search of the Bane. If Gregor does not fulfill the prophecy, his life, and the Underland, will never be the same.

In his second adventure, eleven-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City to rescue his kidnapped sister, Boots, and fulfill a prophecy that will restore peace to the people, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders who populate the underworld.

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Publishers Weekly
In the second title in the Underland Chronicles series, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins, Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City, seeking his young sister, Boots, who has been kidnapped by giant cockroaches that are trying to protect her from murderous rats. PW said of Gregor the Overlander, "Collins does a grand job of world-building.... Unlike Gregor who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find it to be a fantastically engaging place." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Gregor's baby sister Boots is kidnapped by giant cockroaches from Underland, Gregor knows he must once again go there to retrieve her. The Underlanders want Gregor to prevent the Prophecy of Bane, hinted at the end of Gregor the Overlander, from becoming reality. Bane apparently is a large white rat and only Gregor can prevent Bane's upsetting the delicate balance in the Underworld. The rats know the way to Gregor is through Boots and so the lines are drawn. Once again, Collins peppers the book with amazing characters (old and new), tense as well as humorous situations and dialogue, and another world made believable. Gregor has matured some since his last adventure. He learns to deal with the fact that he is a "rager," a deadly and efficient fighter. He is more confident in his own abilities to reason and understand, as well. Readers will be surprised by his resolution of the prophecy. Those who have not read the first Gregor will be at a slight disadvantage. Collins tries to weave necessary details from Gregor's first visit to the Underworld into this one, but it definitely slows the early chapters down and is not completely satisfying. Once details have been attended to and the actual adventure begins, the pace quickens and excitement builds. There's a hint of yet another sequel; by the time readers finish this one, they'll be asking when! 2004, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 to 13.
—Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-With more than capable narration by actor Paul Boehmer, Suzanne Collins's second novel in the Underland Chronicles series (Scholastic, 2004) practically vibrates with excitement and adventure. It takes a bit of time to catch up on characters and events from the first book, but enough hints are dropped along the way to make this accessible to new listeners. Gregor is an Overlander, an 11-year-old who lives in New York City. Boots, his toddler sister, disappears into the Underland, a vast world beneath the city that's populated by enormous bats, cockroaches, and rats, while sledding in Central Park. Gregor knows he must return to the strange underground kingdom of Regalia to rescue her. Boehmer gives each character a distinctive voice, and he has the tone and timing of toddler Boots down perfectly. His voice reflects the change in Gregor as he matures under the weight of his responsibilities. A good choice for fantasy fans in school and public libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When giant cockroaches kidnap his baby sister Boots from Central Park, Gregor knows that he has no choice but to descend to the Underland to find her. Readers will eagerly remember what Gregor has tried to forget: that at the end of Gregor the Overlander (2003), the fey Nerissa had hinted at the Prophecy of Bane. Bane, it appears, is a giant white rat, one whose coming portends the end of the delicate balance of power in the Underland; Gregor is prophesied to be the end of Bane, but not if the rats get Boots first. Collins crafts another edge-of-the-seat quest; a race between Gregor and the rats reunites the boy with Queen Luxa and with Ares, his new bat-bond. Humor and terror alternate, as the third-person narration (heavily flavored by the voice of 11-year-old Gregor) details the bickering brought on by close quarters and then unflinchingly throws the questers into mortal danger. Gregor's resolution of the prophecy will surprise and delight readers-who will be equally delighted to see that Nerissa has packed a new prophecy in Gregor's luggage when he returns home. Yessss! (Fiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439650762
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Underland Chronicles Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 79,873
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Collins

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

    Posted November 26, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    What I want to say is very simple- READ THIS!!!

    This second book in the Underland Chronicles is a masterpiece- just like the rest of its series! The first book have you hooked on the first page, until the end- even the end of the whole series, and number two is no different. Very action-packed, exciting, and unexpected (I don't think many people can fully well expect giant roaches, rats and humans living under the earth in a story! The author has created a unique, vivid world that will enthrall all readers; Someone should REALLY sign the series up as a movie contract!)- all you could ask for in a book! You'll laugh at the main character, Gregor's silly situations, cry (or almost!) when you read of the tragedies and predicaments, adore its lovely characters, may they be good or bad...the Underland Chronicles = AWESOME! I recommend you TOTALLY read it! You'll be hooked!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Overflowing With Suspense!

    "Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane," by Suzanne Collins is the second installment in the captivating Underland Chronicles. Readers will find themselves unable to put this book down because it is overflowing with suspense and mystery! "Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane" definitely won't disappoint anyone who reads it and makes the reader excited to begin the next book in this one-of-a-kind series!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Not as good as Hunger Games-But better than the first!!

    This series isnt as good as the hunger Games, but they are still really cool! I<3 Boots so much shes amazing!

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Beautiful book

    This a great book. If your a fan of the hunger games i suggest you read this .THANK SUZANNE COLLINS FOR YOUR TALENT IN WRITING. I would recommend this for anyone.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Great series

    Loved it!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    A beautiful read. Suzanne Collins is a genious.

    The twists amd turns in this book will leave you starstruck and screaming out for more. The underlands are a magical and dangerous place fullied with mythicl beings amd giant versions of just about every thing. An astoundimd book full of emotions ranging from fear to utter joy. Reading this book is absolutely worth your time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is great for children and adults. Although it has some parts that are quite violent this book is EPIC!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Awesome book

    Best book ever!!!!!!"

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is realy good if you like fantcey kinda vilont than it is awsome

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    I

    I wish.i would get brainwash and forget everthing exept how to play minecraft so i COULD READ THIS SERIES ANOTER BILLION TIMES

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    The follow-up to the outstanding "Gregor the Overlander&quo

    The follow-up to the outstanding &quot;Gregor the Overlander&quot; is less enthralling than its predecessor, but is still full of excitement and a showdown that goes totally unexpected. Suzanne Collins continues to deliver the goods as the characters of the Underland continue to fill our imagination. We also get to meet some new interesting characters, although it would be helpful if there names were not so similar (Solovet and Stellovet) so I didn't have to turn back in the book to make sure I knew which character is which.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Propagandist Par Excellance

    Collins is one of the most subtile, yet persuasive anti-war propagandists I have ever read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Fantastic

    Such a great series. Can't wait for the next book. Such a great story. For younger people and adults.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    The Underland Chronicles is a gripping and fascinating series - but isn't it weird that Gregor happens to be a Rager, when in the first book it doesn't say anything about him having incredible fighting skills?
    Still, I have to rate this 5 stars - more if I could!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    READ THIS REVIEW ITS IMPORTANT

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT! ALSO IF YOU LIKE THIS BOOK THEN READ THIS BOOK WARRIORS INTO THE WILD BY ERIN HUNTER ITS ABOUT WARRIOR CATS. THIS IS THE REVIEW ON WARRIORS INTO THE WILD IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER UNLESS YOU READ THIS BOOK THAT YOUR REVIEWING ALSO DONT TRY TO READ A RATE AND REVIEW ON ANY OF THE WARRIOR CATS BOOKS THERE WILL ONLY BE CRAZY WARRIOR CAT STUFF BY AT LEAST A THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED WARRIOR CAT FANS


    FROM DESTINYWISH ( WARRIOR CAT ( MADE UP ) NAME )

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Great book! I'm a (tiny tiny itty bitty bit) less scared of bugs

    Great book! I'm a (tiny tiny itty bitty bit) less scared of bugs now.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

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    Corn corn cotn corn corn corn cirnu

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Ug

    I think the writing is a little bad and not very descriptive. I feel like im rreading just another book. I want to feel like the percy jackson seiries where i can just read for hours and feeel like im watching a film. The plot is good and i havent read the second one yet but your ppls feedback is very good. I look fowerd to completing the seiries.

    Love Claire M. Banson

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Gregor

    I love Gregors fighting skills in this one! They are so AWESOME!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Gregor's got another prophecy

    A well developed plot, great action and believable dialogue. This book has everything that I have come to expect from this author.

    Gregor has been tricked into rescuing his sister Boots. He is lured back to the Underland and is told he is to fulfill another prophecy. This time they want him to be a killer and kill the "Bane" before it can destroy the Underland. He is again aided by his friends and led by his instincts and sometimes misleading advice of his companions.

    Gregor makes a really tough decision in his installment of his adventures and his decision is put to the test. This is a great book that won't disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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