Suzanne Collins

GREGOR THE OVERLANDER:
BOOK ONE IN THE UNDERLAND CHRONICLES

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

A BOOK SENSE BESTSELLING SERIES

KIRKUS REVIEWS EDITOR’S CHOICE, 2003

NY PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 TITLES FOR READING AND SHARING

A BOOK SENSE CHILDREN’S PICK

A CCBC BOOK OF THE WEEK

2004 NAIBA CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD

2006 ALSC NOTABLE CHILDREN'S RECORDING (audio version)
Read by Paul Boehmer



"Gregor’s luminous, supremely absorbing quest takes place in a strange underground land of giant cockroaches, rideable bats, and violet-eyed humans... Creature depictions are soulful and the plot is riveting... Wonderful.”
--Kirkus reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Collins does a grand job of world-building, with a fine economy of words…Unlike Gregor, who cannot wait to leave, readers will likely find [the Underland] to be a fantastically engaging place.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"[An} exceptional debut novel, a well-written, fast-moving, action-packed fantasy... [S]ure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans.”
--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"A refreshing combination of sensitive characters, innovative devices, and an unusual setting make this an appealing purchase for younger fantasy fans."
--VOYA

"This is an engrossing adventure for fantasy fans and for those new to the genre."
--School Library Journal

"The fast-paced, detailed narrative features vivid battle scenes (complete with gore), dangerous alliances, some frighteningly close calls, and the sobering death of comrades-in-arms. Cliffhanger chapter endings propel the story forward to its inevitable but nevertheless immensely satisfying conclusion, which, happily for readers, hints at more heart-pounding journeys to the center of the earth."."
--The Horn Book Magazine



Gregor the Overlander was chosen by the wonderful librarian/​author Nancy Pearl for the NPR piece Adventures to Read All Through the Summer. You can click on the NPR link and listen to the interview.

Selected Works

Picture Book
"Important and necessary."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"A clever, humorous story in rhyme."
--School Library Journal
Sci-Fi
"...every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."
--Los Angeles Times
“...doesn’t disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“...a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance."
--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Fantasy
“...readers will likely find [the Underland] to be a fantastically engaging place.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Yessss!”
--Kirkus Reviews
“...immensely readable installment..."
--The Horn Book Magazine
"...will leave readers gasping..."
--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"...excellent acquisition for any library."
--VOYA