“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."
"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.