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Gregor and the Marks of Secret (2006)

by Suzanne Collins

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Series: Underland Chronicles (4)

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Summary: Gregor is visiting his mother, still recovering from the events of Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, in the Underland, when a series of disturbing events start to occur. First, he meets the Bane, the baby white rat whose life Gregor had saved, but who is now grown to enormous side and is dangerously unstable. Then Luxa receives word that the mice that helped her in the jungle are in trouble. Gregor isn't immediately tied to these events via a prophecy that describes his fate as the Warrior, but he still cares about what's happening to his friends, so he and Luxa set off to investigate… and along the way, they find several clues that point them towards a horrifying realization - and a danger that could threaten the entire Underland realm.

Review: While I don't love these books, they're reliably fun fantasy adventure stories, and this one was no exception. This book was slightly different from its predecessors in that it doesn't feature Gregor being forced into his adventure against his will in order to fulfill the terms of a prophecy. It also seems a little less goal-driven than the previous - the party that leaves Regalia are not setting out to find or retrieve something before time runs out, it's more of an investigative journey, and so the plot doesn't seem quite as urgent. There's also less of a puzzle to solve - there are some aspects of that still, but the "Marks of Secret" of the title aren't explained very well, nor do they play a particularly large role in the plot, so that felt a little underwhelming. This book also has a sense of being a lead-in for the next (last) book in the series, rather than a start-to-finish adventure of its own, which may have been why this one wasn't quite as robust of a story as previous. (At least Gregor figured out the contents of the central prophecy in the next book, the one that every one gets cagey about and refuses to mention; I might have given up if he remained clueless.) It's also not quite as fun as previous ones, as the storyline gets substantially darker… darker than I was expecting for the target age range of this book. But it was an engaging and quick-paced adventure story, and an easy way to spend some listening time. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Only for those that have read the previous books in the series, and that have the last one easily available, as it only briefly summarizes the events of the previous books, and reading this one on its own does feel kind of unfinished. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Nov 23, 2014 |
Another great book in the series from the author of [b:Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1267255754s/2767052.jpg|2792775]. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
The Underland Chronicles continues its compelling story. This one is set apart from it's predecessors as it doesn't follow a quest. Instead it finds Gregor and his family in everyday interaction with the Underland, only falling into adventure to solve mysteries that crop up eventually leading to war between the Underland humans and the rats. The story continues to grow dark with imagery reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust and the killing fields of Pol Pot. This book is also essentially a two-parter leading right into the final book Gregor and the Code of the Claw. ( )
  Othemts | Feb 4, 2014 |
An excellent reading for the series. Much more fun to listen to than to read on ones own.
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  StefanieGeeks | Apr 5, 2013 |
This series is starting to be tinged with sadness, but the storyline has me hooked. The kids are growing up, and learning the sad truths about war and death. I enjoyed reading this.


I can't get the next audiobook online, but have ordered it thru the library. ( )
  purlewe | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439791464, Paperback)

Follow Gregor in the next highly anticipated adventure in Suzanne Collins' masterful Underland Chronicles!

It's only a few months since Gregor and Boots returned from the Underland, leaving their mother behind to heal from the plague. Though Gregor's family receives frequent updates on her condition, they all know Gregor must return to fulfill his role as the warrior who is key to the Underlanders' survival. Accompanied by his now-talkative little sister Boots, still considered the honorary "princess," Gregor joins forces with another princess--12-year-old Luxa--and Ripred the rat to defend the Underlanders and the vulnerable "Nibblers," or mice, from the rat army.

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Twelve-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City, where he joins forces with Princess Luxa and Ripred the rat to defend the Underlanders and the Nibblers from the army led by the adolescent rat king, the Bane.

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