Wednesday, March 20, 2013

gregor & the marks of secret

gregor & the marks of secret
underland chronicles #4
suzanne collins
published 2007

In Book 4 of the bestselling Underland Chronicles, Gregor is drawn ever deeper into a brewing crisis. For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they've claimed, keeping them constantly on the move. But now the mice are disappearing and the young queen Luxa is determined to find out why.

Gregor and Boots join Luxa on a simple fact-finding mission. But when the true fate of the mice is revealed, it is something far more sinister than they had imagined -- and it points the way to the final prophecy Gregor has yet to fulfill. His abilities are put to the test in this suspenseful, action-packed penultimate installment of Suzanne Collins's thrilling Underland Chronicles.

Whaaaaaaaaat was up with that ending?!  At least in the previous 3 books there was some sort of conclusion, but not this time.  Aaargh!  Curse you cliffhanger ending!

Oh, I can't believe how quickly Gregor has grown up.  His voice is so much more mature and though he has his moments of petulance he is still years older than he should be.

The books keep getting darker, the heaviness weighs on my heart.  Is there no happiness destined for Luxa and the Underlanders?  Gregor and Luxa are laying the groundwork for a battle that 12 year olds should not know how to fight.  The world is at a breaking point and allowances made in previous books are coming back to haunt them all.

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