Maybe you have Hunger Games fever and in your withdrawal you have considered checking out Suzanne Collins’ middle grade Gregor The Overlander series. While the first book, Gregor The Overlander lacks the complexity of The Hunger Games and romance, it’s not a terrible read if you adjust your expectations and don’t assume it will be written in the same way as The Hunger Games.
Gregor’s little sister, Boots, falls down the laundry chute in their New York City apartment. Gregor, the protective older brother, of course goes down the chute after Boots. To his surprise there’s an entire world underground populated with giant sentient cockroaches, rats, humans, and bats. Gregor and Boots find themselves in the middle of a war between the rats and the humans. Of course, Gregor’s arrival has been prophesized and he is a bit of a chosen one.
Frankly, I wasn’t in love with Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins. I just felt the book to be too simplistic and too black and white for my tastes. And for once I wasn’t crazy about the whole outsider who is the chosen one sent to save the under land trope. It just felt cliche to me. Like, it’s been done before and yes I know I read a lot of chosen one books, and well, they’ve done it better.
I decided to listen to Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins on audio because that’s the easiest way for me to read a non-review copy book. The audio is produced by Listening Library and is 6 hours and 33 minutes unabridged. The narrator is Paul Boehmer. Unfortunately, I was not a huge fan of the narrator. His accent and his voice weren’t pleasant on my ears, but I guess I was hoping for a City accent and not a Southern one, being that the book takes place in NYC and Gregor is a New Yorker. So the audiobook of Gregor The Overlander wasn’t to my taste, but that’s not to say you won’t like it.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library.