Publication Date: July 1, 2005
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Loss, Grief, Family, Love, Sibling Love, Family Income,
Friendship, Trust, Persistence, Courage, Loyalty, Acceptance, Betrayal
When a plague begins to inflict many in the Underland, the Underlanders are in need for Gregor to return. However, his mom is reluctant in allowing both Gregor and his sister Boots to go back to that frightening place. After some convincing, though, she allows the two to go, as long as she can, too. What they didn’t plan was for one of Gregor’s family members to contract the plague…
Left with no other choice Gregor and a number of other warmbloods, including rats and bats, must work together to find the cure in a place where not many visit due to its dangers. Will the crew be able to work together and bring back the cure in time?
I’m more than halfway done with the series!
As the book series progresses, it’s easy to see how the cast of characters are varied and relatable. For one, Gregor continues to be a considerate young boy, while his sister, Boots, continues her sweet and kind nature. Their relationship and trust in one another simply warms my heart. Another character I continually find interesting is Ripred, a giant rat. He can easily be perceived as cold and ruthless, but he begins to show a bit of a softer side in this book, giving him more dimension and making him more likable. There are others, but too many to list!
I found the theme of loss, forgiveness, and acceptance to be especially strong here. Since much of these strong emotions are spoken within family members, this book could be a great conversation starter with children about grieving and understanding what it means to lose a parent and/or loved one. I also loved having different “races” working together to find a cure because it demonstrates the complexities of acceptance. This involves trust and depending on one another, which is a great lesson for children to learn.
The plot and writing flow came in waves for me. Sometimes it was great and exciting, and sometimes not so much. I think that was partly because I kept questioning – another prophecy? This is the third book in the series with yet another prophecy. It wouldn’t be so insane if there was time in between each prophecy, but it wasn’t until the end of this book that Gregor had a birthday. In other words, this eleven-year-old completed three prophecies in the span of less than a year? Hopefully, the next book is a bit different!
Overall, I enjoyed most of this book as a fun, quick children’s read and I do plan on continuing with the other two to complete the series.
I would recommend this to children who enjoy adventurous fantasies with some big creepy crawlers, and to maybe some adults who like children’s books!
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
7 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!
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