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What a surprise this book was! After reading Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games and Catching Fire I decided to do a little looking up and discovered that she had written this series first.
This is the story of Gregor and Boots. Gregor is an 11 year old boy living in NYC in an apartment building. He has a sister that’s away from the summer and a baby sister, Boots, who is adorable and featured prominently in the story.
One day, Boots and Gregor fall through a grate in the laundry room and end up in a place called the “Underworld”. There he meets fantastic creatures such as you might find living under the city. 4 foot tall cockroaches, speaking bats, 6 foot tall rats and more.
Although the book is written for pre-teen/early teenagers it’s fascinating and thoroughly absorbing even to me as an adult. Gregor is to relate to, there’s humor throughout the book, a fun prophecy, a quest and I even found myself crying a little over a cockroach. Collins’ flare for adventure and action scenes keep the book moving at such a fast pace I was surprised to find through with the book so quickly.
Highly highly recommended for those boys and girls who enjoy reading fantasy and want a new world and a new hero to fall in love with.