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The Underland Chronicles #3: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
 
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The Underland Chronicles #3: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods [Format Kindle]

Suzanne Collins

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Kirkus Reviews
June 15, 2005
For the third time, Gregor and his stolid little sister Boots desend to the Underland in fulfillment of a prophecy, in a story that delivers the breakneck adventure and strong characters readers have come to expect. The Curse of the Warmbloods, it turns out, is a terrible plague that threatens every mammal in the Underland. On their perilous journey to a cure, the questing party (which readers will be delighted to find includes the wonderfully caustic rat Ripred), encounters both Luxa, erstwhile, Queen of Regalia, along with her bat Aurora, and Hamnet, Luxa's long-lost uncle, who has fled humankind to escape its warring ways. Collins keeps the plot moving at warp speed and includes just enough background to bring readers up to speed on the multitude of characters and the political rivalries that unite and divide them. This offering takes on an even darker tone than the earlier ones, delving into meaty questions of territorial expansion and its justification. Although no further prophecy is unveiled at the end to explicitly promise another sequel, readers will surely be hoping for one.

Horn Book
June 6, 2005
Just a few months after his previous adventure in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane ,(rev. 9/04), Gregor,, almost twelve, finds himself deciphering another enigmatic prophecy from the Underland, "a dark war-torn world miles beneath New York City." In this gripping fantasy novel, Gregor and his two-year-old sister Boots embark on their third epic quest in the strange subterranean land, this time to help find a cure for the deadly plague that threatens to wipe out all "warm-bloods"; i.e., mammals. Gregor cares deeply for a number of the Underiand's pale, violet-eyed humans and giant rats and bats, and his mission takes on even more personal urgency when his mother (who, ill-advisedly, has insisted on joining her children in the Underland) is bitten by a plague- infected flea. This immensely readable installment won't disappoint fans of the first two books. In fact, Collins seems to have hit her stride with this page-turner. Character development, plotting, pacing, and description all shine; suspenseful chapter endings propel the story forward to its shocking and sobering conclusion. Battle-weary Gregor and young Boots must leave their mother behind when they return to our world, making the promise of a future visit all the more compelling. K.F.Book Inc.

School Library Journal
July 2005
Gr 4-7-This third book continues the saga of Gregor's adventures in the amazing subterranean world under New York City. This time the 11-year-old is trying to save victims of an Underland plague, including Ares, his giant bat bond-mate, and Gregor's own mother. The quest for the cure takes the boy and his friends into new sections of the Underland where plants are carnivorous and a giant lizard serves as a guide. The Overlander is again joined on his quest by Boots, his toddler sister; Ripred, the rat; and Temp, the giant cockroach. As before, the quest is guided by a prophecy that only becomes clear in the later stages of the book. Collins maintains the momentum, charm, and vivid settings of the original title. The characterizations continue to be complex with each new book, revealing new sides to familiar individuals. Fans of this inventive series and new readers alike will be instantly caught up in the action and will look forward to future installments.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI

Booklist. 7/1/05 This third installment of the Underland Chronicles picks up right where Gregor and the Prophecy of BaneG (2004) left off. Eleven-year-old Gregor is busy at
home in Manhattan deciphering the Prophecy of Blood that calls for him and his younger sister, Boots, to return to the Underworld to find the cure for a terrible plague that threatens all of its warm-blooded inhabitants. Gregor's

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The third installment of New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, in which Gregor must stop a plague from spreading through the Underland, will feature fresh new cover art, coming July 1st!

Gregor's adventures continue in Book 3 of the New York Times bestselling series by author Suzanne Collins.
With two prophecies fulfilled, Gregor is now focused on the Prophecy of Blood, which calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a plague. But this time, his mother refuses to let him go . . . unless she is allowed to travel with them.
When they arrive in the subterranean city, the plague is spreading -- and it claims one of Gregor's closest companions. Only then does Gregor start to understand how the illness plays with the fate of all warm-blooded creatures. But how can he help combat it?

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Suzanne Collins a écrit de nombreuses sériés télévisées pour enfants, avant de se consacrer à l'écriture de romans. Hunger Games est sa deuxième série pour la jeunesse. Elle vit avec sa famille dans le Connecticut, aux États-Unis.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As Gregor matures, so does the story 25 janvier 2006
Par Liz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't give too many things five stars and I had to think this one over a bit, but upon reflection, I think it deserves it. Although you do have to read the first two not just for the backstory, but to see why it rates higher, the way it's more developed, the writing more mature.

While the first book had a focus on us getting to know Gregor and the Underland, the second on Gregor's growth emotionally and mentally, this one is all about disillusionment, the realities of politics and human greed, and Gregor truly leaving most of his childhood behind.

The Underlanders, for all that they look different are, inside, no different from the rest of humanity. That's the lesson I came out with, anyway, and it's a good one. In this latest quest, any remaining illusions Gregor (or the readers) might've had about Underland are irreversibly shattered. The human Underlanders are mostly decent people, the same as the rest of humanity as we know it, but there are enough bad apples in power there to make them all look bad, the same as here in the Overland. There's prejudice, blind, unthinking hatred, rifts between families, murder, malicious deception, pure greed, and it all gives the story such a good feel of reality. In a world filled with giant creatures, that touch of reality grounds the story and makes it easier for the reader to relate to, makes the suspension of disbelief much easier to maintain.

A plague is mowing its way through the warmbloods of Underland and yet another prophecy says that Gregor and Boots must be there to stop it. Only this time, their mother isn't letting them go alone.

Her inclusion, and the way she's yanked suddenly from the story by contracting the plague, I found particularly interesting. Gregor is afraid of how it will make him look, the "warrior" with his mother hovering over him. And then she's not there and he's on his own again, put in the position of rescuing her, as he once had done for his father. I see this as the final severing of Gregor's ties to his childhood. He's truly the caretaker here, his own person with his mother out of the picture for almost the entire story. And he fills the roll well.

Gregor's an old hand at questing now and knows how to deal with it. Yes, he makes a few mistakes along the way, but that's a lack of experience and wisdom. Both of which he gains at a heavy price. And throughout the journey he reinforces in his own mind (and ours) that he's not a child anymore, no longer one of the "pups." It's something that you can see visibly saddens the adults around him, but it's also something they accept, because what's done is done and this was necessary.

The ending isn't truly a surprise, not if you read one of the characters right in the beginning, but it's disheartening and you can really feel for the ones who were betrayed. All of them, even the non-humans. It's also a good bit of social commentary, sobering when you look at it.

Gregor's return to the Overland and the problems left for him and his family aren't glossed over, I was happy to see. In fact, things are worse off now than before he left. It paves the way towards a decision I thought he was wise to make. But I suppose we'll have to wait for the next book to see how that one pans out.

The writing continues to improve with each book, as does the pacing and the character development. As Gregor matures, so does the text. He's twelve now, at the end of this story. Twelve fast going on thirty, and while you're sad for him, it's what has to happen, and what will undoubtedly get him through whatever comes next in the Underland.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm Only 13 27 juin 2005
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Following "Gregor the Overlander" and "Gregor and the Phrophecy of Bane", this third story is truly one that will leave readers in awe of how Collins sculpts such a creation to life.

Oddly enough, though, "Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods" is truly a darker story than the previous two, at times being eerily exciting. There's action, and Gregor's newfound Rager-instincts are taking their toll at the most unpredictable moments possible.

And who would expect in the middle of this inspiring adventure. . .a little family reunion?

Things are never what they seem.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 continues in the series' strong fashion 5 août 2005
Par B. Capossere - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The third book in the Gregor series picks up shortly after the last one ends and quickly tosses the reader into familiar territory. Once again, Gregor takes up a task underground in order to save a family member. In the first book it was his father, in book two his sister Boots, and now it's his mother, who in accompanying him down to the underground contracted a seemingly fatal disease that threatens to wipe out the warmbloods.

As foretold by a prophecy (another familiar element from the other books), Gregor joins a group made up of rats, crawlers, humans, and bats who have put aside (somewhat) their hatred for each other to seek the cure to this plague that strikes them all. The quest will take them deep into a dangerous forest, the only place where the plant that supposedly holds the cure grows.

The strengths of book three are the same as the earlier books. The story moves along smoothly at a quick pace with almost no lagging moments. The main characters continue to grow in complexity, maturing with age and experience as well as revealing previously concealed aspects of personality and experience. The new characters obviously don't have the same depth, but are also fully drawn as Collins manages to avoid the flatness of character that mars so many other young adult fantasy books, even those that are three times the length and so should have time for more complex characters.

The setting remains somewhat too vague for my liking; as in books one and two I wish Collins had sacrificed a little speed of story for a more vivid sense of place. The plotting in this one is not quite as strong as in the others--a bit more straightforward (though with a nice darkly cynical twist at the end) and containing a few scenes that seem a bit sketchy, not quite fully thought out or drawn out. As in previous books, death is not simply an insincere threat hanging over a quest where you know all will survive. Characters die in this book as they have in others and though Collins in my mind glosses over one a bit too easily, others have more impact, some surprisingly so.

The end of the underground section seems a bit abrupt, but as is usual, Collins doesn't neatly tie things off in a happy bow. Some questions from book two have been answered, others have not. Some characters have survived but not untouched (Gregor's father, for instance, has still not fully recovered from the events of book one, a welcome bit of realistic shading). And new questions and problems have arisen. There is at least one more book to come obviously, but there is no sense of padding an over-worked story. The characters and problems remain interesting and in some cases have grown more so. Strongly recommended for older young readers. Younger readers won't have a problem with following plot, but may be truly frightened by an early vivid scene involving rats in the walls and also may be upset by the deaths that take place.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rocking Review 21 mai 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It all starts when Gregor goes to the Underland with Boots adn his mom. The cockroaches won't attend a meeting unless Princess Boots is there. When one of Gregor's family members gets infected with a deadly plague, Gregor understands his roll in the Prophecy of Blood. Many amazing creatures come along on his quest. They face many sad deaths in this book so I would recommend this book to people ten or older. This is an action packed book with a little mystery. I could not put this book down until I finished it. The moral of this story is bravery. Two examples of bravery are Gregor fighting off poisonous frogs and him battleing vicious blood thirsty rats. If you are a fan of Suzanne Collins, this is her best book yet. Who will end the never ending war, Gregor or the plague?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 entertaining, suspenseful, even a little scary... 24 décembre 2005
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
After reading the first two books in the Underland Chronicles ("Gregor the Overlander" and "Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane") I was waiting for a third one to come out. At my school library I was looking for a good book and asked my librarian if she recommended this one. She said that she didn't think Suzanne Collins could surprise her again, but she did! Certain images of the scenes in the other books stay stuck in my head, but the events in this book are still reeling through my mind! It's very vivid. It also puts Gregor in more of a heartfelt, urgent quest because the lives of his mother and his bond, Ares, are at stake when they contract the plague, as well as Howard and Andromeda. Yes, people do die, but that makes it even more real to me. This book is somewhat "darker" than the previous two-- not victorious, as Gregor has more experience and is more aware of the danger. He is still attempting to harness his raging abilities. And there are some unexpected surprises. I was shocked to hear where the plague had started, but I won't give it away-- I'm sure there are some eager readers out there now! This book was 358 pages, but I read it in 4 hours straight-- I hope that gives you an idea of how entertaining it was! I also wonder how many people will agree with me: I think there has to be another book, especially with the cliff-hanger ending!
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