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Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles Series #5)

Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles Series #5)

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by Suzanne Collins

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The stunning conclusion to Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander series will have a fresh new cover on July 1st!

The final book in the NYT bestselling Underland Chronicles!

Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep The Prophecy of Time from Gregor. Gregor suspected it says something awful but he never imagined just how awful: It calls


The stunning conclusion to Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander series will have a fresh new cover on July 1st!

The final book in the NYT bestselling Underland Chronicles!

Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep The Prophecy of Time from Gregor. Gregor suspected it says something awful but he never imagined just how awful: It calls for the warrior's death. Now, with an army of rats approaching and his mom and sister still in Regalia, Gregor the warrior must gather up his courage to help defend Regalia and get his family home safely. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor's hands, and time is running out. There is a code to be cracked, a mysterious new princess, Gregor's burgeoning dark side, and a war to end all wars.

Editorial Reviews

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
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9
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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Scholastic, Inc.
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Underland Chronicles Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 437 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want a book six!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But Ares should not have died he was one of my favorite chareters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the series. The are sooooo funny. ¿h, they are just so, so funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this series after reading the Hunger Games series; Suzanne Collins is one of my new favorite authors. It's action-packed fun with strong family values.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WRITE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!
Refill More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has your attention from begenning to end. Although.... PLEASE JUST ONE MORE BOOK, COLLINS!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um hello she needs to wrire another book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my idealistic ending, but all good things must come to an end. I have to admit that it's been a blast watching Suzanne evolve from Gregor the Overlander to Mockingjay. Not bad; not bad at all.
thebabychill More than 1 year ago
This is considered the last book in this fantastic series. Book 1 is my favorite because when you crack open the book, you are consumed by the momentum and the imagination of the story. Once I finished the first, I immediate got online and reserved the rest in the series from my local library. I had to pace myself through each one because nothing else in my life was being completed! I am ashamed to admit it. The bubbling of energy from the first four books comes together in this last edition where more secrets are revealed and a great war is afoot. I am left sad by the ending...and just hoping that Suzanne Collins is going to pull the real last book out of her sleeve and surprise all of us. The way it stands is very...wanting...
Rodd Daigle More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that Ares died! I cried at that part and when gregor woke up with ares claw in his hand. I almost cried when they said that ripred died, until i read about that he survived. I wished gregor and luxa stayed together:(
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book ROCKED!!!!!! It was awesome!!! But the only thing is, will she write more Gregor books? Hopefully!!!