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Gregor and the Code of Claw (2007)

by Suzanne Collins

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The final volume of The Underland Chronicles completes the fascinating and well-written series. While at heart a war story, it finds its protagonist Gregor grappling with ethical dilemmas, mortality, and fate. And if you're like me and thought the prophecies of Sandwich were too overbearing in the earlier novels, it was a relief to see what Ripred and Gregor make of the final prophecy. The Underland Chronicles are a worthy addition to fantasy literature and something readers of all ages should enjoy. ( )
  Othemts | Feb 4, 2014 |
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  BRCSBooks | Dec 3, 2013 |
The characters in this series are superbly drawn and very loveable.
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  StefanieGeeks | Apr 5, 2013 |
I'm moving this to Teen, instead of children's. It's about war. Horrible, violent, gory war. It's exciting, and the action is realistic to the plot--meaning it lets up just long enough for tactical discussion and then starts again.

What I really loved about this series as a whole is that it's a fantasy series with no magic whatsoever. Nobody is getting out of dangerous situations by casting a spell of protection or relocation or anything like that. Characters get themselves out of trouble by either fighting or fleeing, which makes sense when you encounter some giant rats who want to kill you. The rules that govern the worldsetting are clearly defined, and within those rules, everything makes sense. No particular class of characters (the rats, the spiders, the humans, etc) is All Good or All Bad--you can't look at any class and say "oh, they're mice, they're all on our side" or anything like that--each character we meet is an individual with an opinion.

Collins' habit of appending "said ____" to each line of dialogue wears a little, but I'm willing to overlook that, because I really love this series. ( )
1 vote librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
I read this series in such quick succession that it makes sense to review them as a group. This is an easy to read, enjoyable series for middle readers. There are strong and somewhat gender-bent male and female protagonists (girls who fight and boys who nurture, for example). As would later be the case in the Hunger Games trilogy, Collins engages in successful world building, with elements of the story that would otherwise be horror catalyzed by humor to become a more benign fantasy. It's fruitful to compare this series to the Hunger Games books. Both feature missing fathers, younger sisters who need to be protected, and a hero caught in a cultural tangle with rules s/he doesn't understand and bigger forces at play. If I had them to read again, I'd read this series first to appreciate Collins's more mature voice and more adult themes in her young adult dystopia.

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  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Gregor sat on a bench.  He had walked a lot today and all of his injuries were hurting.  Seeing the news had made him think.  He was safe for the moment, here in the playground, but people all over the world were suffering, starving, fleeing, killing one another as they waged their wars.  How much energy they put into harming one another.  How little into saving.  Would it ever change?  What would it take to make it change?  He thought of Luxa's hand pressed into Ripred's paw.  That's what it would take.  People rejecting war.  Not one or two, but all of them.  Saying it was an unacceptable way to solve their differences.  By the look of things, the human race had a lot of evolving to do before that happened.  Maybe it was impossible.  But maybe it wasn't.  Like Vikus said, nothing would happen unless you hoped it could.  If you had hope, maybe you could find the way to make things change.  Because if you thought about it, there were so many reasons to try.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439791448, Paperback)

The stunning conclusion to the Gregor the Overlander series, now in paperback!

Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep The Prophecy of Time from Gregor. Gregor knows it must say 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.

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When twelve-year-old Gregor finally learns the ancient prophecy, which foretells his death, he must gather his courage to defend Regalia from the army of rats, take his mother and sister home safely, and fight his own dark side.

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