Monday, March 30, 2009

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins

“Book Two left off with Gregor reading the Prophecy of Blood: a prophecy that calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a deadly plague. But this time, Gergor’s mother refuses to let him return to the Underland…until the rat Ripred assures the family that Gregor and Boots are just needed for a short meeting, which the crawlers will attend only if their “princess” Boots is present. Gregor’s mom finally relents, on the condition that she go with them. The Underland plague is spreading, and when on e of Gregor’s family is stricken, he begins to understand his role in the Prophecy of Blood, and must summon all his power to end the biological warfare that threatens the warmblooded creatures of the Underland.”

This was another great book in the Underland Chronicles. It was fun reconnecting with favorite characters and meeting some fun new ones as well. We learn a little more history of the Underland and I couldn’t help thinking “can’t we all just get along”. It’s sad to read about all the pointless wars and hatred between the different races in Underland. Hopefully as the series continues they will find a way to live together in peace.

I only gave this one four stars because the format of the story is kind of the same in all the books, at least so far. It starts out in New York where Gregor is brought down to the Underland. At which point he is then sent on a mission to save the “world”. A journey ensues with lots of travel and danger and then they return to the Underland and eventually back to New York. We learn new things and meet new characters, and of course they travel to different places in the Underland, but the format is the same. Still a great, entertaining read and I definitely recommend it to all fantasy lovers. Suzanne Collins is an amazing author. Can’t wait to read part four!

Book One: Gregor the Overlander
Book Two: Prophecy of Bane
Book Three: Curse of the Warmbloods
Book Four: Marks of Secret
Book Five: Code of Claw

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