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The Good, The Bad, And The Spoilers: Gregor The Overlander

Guess who has finally read her fourth Suzanne Collins novel! 😊

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny — and find his father — in a strange world beneath New York City.

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever. -goodreads.com summary

INTRO

YEARS after I finished and loved The Hunger Games trilogy, I have found myself going back to Suzanne Collins earlier work for my YA Lit class. After being so engrossed in The Hunger Games never wanting to put that book down, did Gregor the Overlander capture my attention in the same way? Surprisingly, YES! I probably could’ve read this entirely in one sitting if I had the time. It’s a very fun adventure that I think younger readers will love as well as a good escape for older readers.

THE GOOD

The world is creative and fun. You don’t get too much of a focus on worldbuilding in this first book, but I’m hoping that if you continue reading you’ll get more insight into the world.

This somehow made me become invested in bugs… CURSE YOU SUZANNE COLLINS HOW DO YOU MAKE ME CARE ABOUT COCKROACHES?!

The writing was nothing special but it worked well enough and it made the novel very quick to get through

THE BAD

-BUTTTT simply writing means the plot is very much by the numbers and things are mostly predictable (with one exception that I’ll mention late). It falls into the usually “chosen one” trope which means it’s nothing new, but it still works well enough within the story.

The simple plot also means that you might not get as much insight into the characters and the world as I would usually expect. This reads more like just a cliff notes version of everything happening as it jumps from plot point to action scene then to the next plot point. I think this is just due to it being written for children, but maybe as the series goes on you’ll learn more about the characters.

OVERALL

Gregor the Overlander was a fun read which I’m glad I picked up! I probably wouldn’t have read it if I didn’t have to for school so I guess my YA lit class did me a favor by making me read it. Gregor the Overlander is the imaginative and fun novel that I needed when I was young. Maybe if I had known this book existed, this would’ve been one of the main books that got me into reading instead of The Hunger Games. While I probably won’t be rereading this anytime soon, I do recommend it to anyone who is looking for just a quick and fun read 😊

THE SPOILERS

The main thing I want to discuss here is the one thing that caught me a bit off guard towards the end of the novel. AKA Henry’s betrayal. I guess it didn’t come as a surprise that SOMEONE would betray the group since things seemed to be a little bit too easy for our heroes, I just didn’t expect it to be Henry. Thinking about things, it’s kinda sad to me that Henry died because I would’ve preferred if he survived and grown into a bigger villain throughout the story. It would’ve been a great way for the readers to learn more about him and his friendship with Luxa.

SPEAKING OF! I’m glad Suzanne Collins didn’t just brush over the effect that Henry’s death and betrayal would have on Luxa. You see her at the end shook by everything that has happened and you know she will never be the same.

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