Monday, October 28, 2013
‘Gregor the Overlander’ by Suzanne Collins
Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic, 2003) was Collins’ debut novel. In it, Gregor and his sister Boots are swept through a portal in their laundry room to the Underland, a world beneath New York City.
The Underland is populated not only by humans but giant rats, spiders, cockroaches and bats. Political alliances and treaties govern the species’ interaction.
Gregor is declared the “warrior” of a prophecy made centuries before by the human society’s founder. An adventuring party is assembled from various Underland species in an effort to avert disaster.
The story that begins in Gregor the Overlander continues in four successive volumes. In a Q&A interview, Collins describes the story arc as a “series of military missions.” As the Underland Chronicles continue, Collins promises increasingly difficult quests and choices.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal