Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Published: May 1st, 2005
Other: Second book in the Underland Chronicles. There are five books in the series, all of them published.
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Note: this is not the first book in the series, and can therefore contain (minor) spoilers for the previous book in the series. Reading of this review is at your own risk.
In the months since Gregor first encountered the strange Underland beneath New York City, he’s sworn he won’t ever go back. But when another prophecy, this time about an ominous white rat known as the Bane, calls for Gregor’s help, the Underlanders know the only way they can get his attention is through his little sister, Boots. Now Gregor’s quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, the rebellious princess Luxa, and new allies and sends them through the dangerous and deadly Waterway in search of the Bane. Then Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane takes off a couple of months after Gregor the Overlander and we're immediately back into a very exciting story, this time focusing on another prophecy that has been made years ago. If you think things will get less awesome in the second book, you're wrong. It's just as exciting, fast paced and amazing as the first book in the series.
In this book we get to know Ares better. Ares is a bat, but despite being an animal, he has a very distinct personality, maybe even more than the other bats we've met so far. He is angry, and I'm not sure if I will ever end up liking him, despite what he did for Gregor in the first book. Gregor and Ares have to team up to be able to go on the quest that will help them fulfill the prophecy.
Collins shows once again that she is great at writing fast paced stories with lots of tension and adventure. Her writing has addictive qualities that make me just want to keep reading until I've flipped the very last page, leaving me hungry for more.
Four big fat stars for the second installment in The Underland Chronicles! Fast paced and exciting, you're in for an incredible adventure once more.