Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane

gregor-and-the-prophecy-of-baneAuthor: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Underland Chronicles #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

“Helping a rat doesn’t make you like Henry, you know.”
“You see it that way.  Others might not,” she said.

On the surface, Gregor and the Prophecy is an adventure story for middle grade kids.  Beneath the surface, there is a lot of subtle social commentary that Collins is a master of weaving so effortlessly into the tale.

The Underland Chronicles is a series written for children decades younger than me.  It isn’t geared toward my target audience at all.  Yet, as I read through Gregor and Boot’s return to the Underland, I could picture myself one day reading this series to my little pipsqueaks.

Though Gregor and his mom have gone to great lengths to shield and literally barricade themselves in the aftermath of Gregor’s first trip to the Underland, The Prophecy of Bane finds Gregor returning to save Boots, who has been kidnapped.

Filled with returning characters from the first novel, Prophecy of Bane also introduces new characters as well to balance the story.  My favorite?  Twitchtip.  As a self admitted social outcast in my youth, I heavily related to her character.

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is a quick, fun read with excitement all the way through, and cute little Boots to entertain along the way.


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