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

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

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by Suzanne Collins

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Gregor learns of his role in another Underland prophecy, yet he swears he will never return to that place. But his vow crumbles when his little sister, Boots, is snatched. Gregor knows it is a ploy to lure him to the subterranean world, but he gives in and heads back underground, where he is reunited with his bat, Ares, the princess Luxa, and new allies. Together,


Gregor learns of his role in another Underland prophecy, yet he swears he will never return to that place. But his vow crumbles when his little sister, Boots, is snatched. Gregor knows it is a ploy to lure him to the subterranean world, but he gives in and heads back underground, where he is reunited with his bat, Ares, the princess Luxa, and new allies. Together, they descend into the deadly Waterway in search of an ominous rat known as Bane. But Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.

Editorial Reviews

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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Scholastic, Inc.
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Underland Chronicles Series , #2
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7.36(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.74(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 Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 363 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for children and adults. Although it has some parts that are quite violent this book is EPIC!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Refill More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to the outstanding "Gregor the Overlander" 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is realy good if you like fantcey kinda vilont than it is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Collins is one of the most subtile, yet persuasive anti-war propagandists I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series isnt as good as the hunger Games, but they are still really cool! I<3 Boots so much shes amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the first book gregor the overlander. IT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to read gerger and the prophocy of bane. Sounds like great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Prophecy of Bane was so good! Very descriptive. It is a must read for anyone who likes adventurous fantasy books
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really great. But I don't recomend it if you don't like action or fantacy. But over all I give it 10,000,000 out of ten.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane was an engaging read and served more as a gradual process of revelations to pave the way for the following three books in the series. It was long enough to adequately flesh out its characters and the atmosphere in the Underland – this along with the emphasized significance of the plot consistently impressed me – I liked it! ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + All of the familiar tropes from the middle-grade/fantasy genres are piled up in this book, but are either altered or provided with emphasized significance, and (as with all Suzanne Collins books) offer a heavy dose of lessons on morality. That’s what I enjoy about Collins’ books, though ― how they naturally manage to tug at the strings of my heart and expose increasingly dark truths about my given nature. The plot ultimately turned out to be a refreshing lineup of familiar tropes and relatively fresh material. + The characters are rather common archetypes; however, I admired how their one-dimensional personalities flourished even more in this plot line than in book one. Too, I really enjoyed how their quest served as a testing of fire and how the circumstances leading up to the conclusion made them susceptible to their flaws and weaknesses – they faced tough decisions, they encountered even more powerful foes, they were forced to lay their differences aside and trust one another, they grew in friendship, and even laid down their lives! It goes without saying that the majority of character development takes place during the battles themselves; especially the ones that were life-threatening. It was all so tragically beautiful and impressive. + At the center of all the commotion in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, one character, in particular, stole my heart, and that is Twitchtip. Oh, how I loved this precious rat; I loved her snippy personality, her snide remarks and just the tragedy surrounding her back story – she was born with an invaluable gift and because of this, her very own kin cast her aside! All those years of living alone in the Dead Land had left her desperate to touch any warm being. Even him. + The world and atmosphere in the Underland is both majestic and awesome-ly creepy. There are stunning nightmarish labyrinths and oceans that teem with twisted imagery, and legendary creatures. I also enjoyed how in the midst of all this sodden chaos, Suzanne Collins began to unveil the dark, oppressive and painful reality of the Underland world ― which in the end, in light of its clever cliffhanger, leaves you begging for more. THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . . - I have to admit, I wasn’t fully immersed in the story at first. I suspect it’s mainly because I read a lot from the YA and Adult Fiction genres; thus, I had to force myself to push through the chapters whilst, of course, bearing in mind that these books are geared towards a younger audience. I should mention that the story begins to pick up a quarter into the book! - The Underland Chronicles has a huge array of characters – witty animal protagonists (rats, cockroaches, moths, fireflies, spiders, bats, you name it!), mythical creatures and beings, even an adorable two-year-old toddler who plays a somewhat pivotal role. I admit this large casts overwhelms at times and I sense I am not truly appreciating them all. Full review @ http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2016/01/15/book-review-gregor-and-the-prophecy-of-bane-by-suzanne-collins/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Derpingly EPIIIIC
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My cousin bought me the first one on christmas.I loved it then I got this one and loved it. Poor Ares
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only will it have action, but good humor. This book is so good, you can't stop reading!