Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Underland Chronicles: Gregor and the Code of Claw

Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, #5)Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an author, Suzanne Collins isn't looking to present a fantasy to her readers that glosses over the true nature of humanity. In the Underland Chronicles, as in life, people resist peace for all that they say they seek it. Despite the fact that many of the Underland characters are talking animals, this series is best read by children who are able to deal with the reality of violence. The killing and the rage in the Underland is intense. These books are about balance. They are about the dance of diplomacy that is peacekeeping. They are about humanity- in all its ugliness and beauty. Who is the enemy? Can anyone group of people truly be an absolute enemy? These are the questions Collins raises in her Underland Chronicles.

The Code of Claw is the final installment in the Underland Chronicles. Who will survive the Prophecy of Time? Will Gregor, the warrior, die in the war against the Bane? If you are looking for a neat and tidy happy ending- then you may need to choose a different author to read. Collins pulls you in, makes you feel, and then keeps it real.

Reading Level: 9 and up
Interest Level: 11 and up

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