Gregor learns of his role in another Underland prophecy, yet he swears he will never return to that place. But his vow crumbles when his little sister, Boots, is snatched. Gregor knows it is a ploy to lure him to the subterranean world, but he gives in and heads back underground, where he is reunited with his bat, Ares, the princess Luxa, and new allies. Together, they descend into the deadly Waterway in search of an ominous rat known as Bane. But Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.
My daughter asked me if next time we start a series if we can read it in order and for a series like this I think she is right. For some series it doesn't matter as much, but for this one it would have been better. Having read books 3-5 first when we went back to 1 and 2 we already knew who would live and die and some of the twists and turns that were coming up. We didn't know all the details, but it took away a lot of the element of surprise.
Gregor and Boots end up in the Underland for the second time when Boots is taken by a group of crawlers from Central Park where she and Gregor are sledding. The crawlers take her to protect her from the rats. Gregor follows and goes on a quest to find the Bane and kill him. This is the book where the reader meets the lazy fireflies with the bottomless stomachs.
The Regalian's are not seen in the most favorable light in some of their dealings even among those in their city. I kept watching to see if Solevet would show anything about her plans in this book, but she does not seem to give much of a hint of what is to come later in the series.
While we enjoyed listening to this, I would recommend reading this series in order.
Pub. Date: December 2005
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Compact Disc
Age Range: 9 to 12
Series: Underland Chronicles Series , #2