Book Notes: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins



I love this series. Gregor, book 2 in The Underland Chronicles, is an epic for young adults--probably the same audience as Narnia, Wingfeather, and Green Ember. It is a fast-paced, heart-tugging adventure story that takes place deep underground. This book has brains and heart. Like everything I’ve read by Collins, there isn’t a word in the wrong place. Nothing is wasted or confusing or missing.

Why I read it

I read and loved the first book in the series while we were on vacation. After reading several more serious books since then, I wanted a break to read a lighter book. I can't believe I waited so long to read this series since I loved Hunger Games. I've never heard anyone mention this book. f


Gregor realized that the journey filled with squids and whirlpools and mites and serpents and loss, great loss, had change them. It had made the oath they had sworn in front of that furious crowd in Regalia real. 210


"Run like the River, Ripred," said Gregor. 255

"You know," Vikus said to Nerissa, as if they were the only two in the room, "I am continually amazed by how badly we can interpret one of Sandwich's prophecies. Then the moment it is understood--" "The whole thing is as clear as water," agreed Nerissa. 283



Key Takeaways

  • This is so underrated. No one talks about this series probably because there is no movie to attach to it.
  • A story with heart and thoughtfulness. Sometimes you read a story and it is just a story. It might even by suspenseful and fun. Other times you read a story that feels like so much more, about the real world we live in, and about how we live in it. This is that kind of story. It does it, also, without preaching or feeling like she meant to make a point.
  • Her skill with plot and words. John Gardner and Bret Lott argue that good writing should create a dream that walks the reader through a story--nothing should interrupt that dream. Both of Collins' series create that dream-like state. Nothing is out of place or confusing. Everything works.

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