Reviews for Gregor and the Code of Claw
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Twelve-year-old Gregor confronts his own mortality in this series's final volume. The story picks up with Gregor, his gravely ill mother, and his three-year-old sister in the subterranean Underland. The plot moves swiftly but with deliberation, and Collins delivers more vivid action, military machinations, and nuanced characters. By the end, readers will be battle-weary but buoyed by Collins's ultimate message of hope. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Twelve-year-old Gregor confronts his own mortality in this series's final volume. The story picks up with Gregor, his gravely ill mother, and his three-year-old sister in the subterranean Underland. The plot moves swiftly but with deliberation, and Collins delivers more vivid action, military machinations, and nuanced characters. By the end, readers will be battle-weary but buoyed by Collins's ultimate message of hope. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #4
Twelve-year-old Gregor, the New York City kid turned Underland warrior, confronts his own mortality in the final volume of Collins's grand fantasy-adventure series. The story picks up where the fourth book (Gregor and the Marks of Secret, rev. 7/06) left off, with Gregor, his gravely ill mother, and his three-year-old sister stuck in this strange subterranean world of violet-eyed humans and giant sentient animals. As the war between humans and rats surges toward the human city of Regalia, Gregor prepares for the battle of his life. According to a prophecy, Gregor must kill the leader of the rats, but there's a catch: to bring peace to the Underland, "the warrior" -- i.e., Gregor -- must be killed, too. Collins delivers more of what's made this series so compelling: vivid action scenes, detailed military machinations, and nuanced character development. The plot moves swiftly but with deliberation, reflecting the Regalian leaders' strategic chess-game approach to the conflict. In the end, though the unimaginable doesn't happen, no one is without physical and emotional scars. Readers, too, will be battle-weary but buoyed by Collins's ultimate message of hope. As the Underlanders would say, Fly you high, Gregor. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 May #1
At the opening of this, the fifth and final entry in The Underland Chronicles, Gregor discovers why no one has told him what's in "The Prophecy of Time": He is to die. In short order, an airlift of mouse refugees to Regalia, capital of the human territories in the Underland, gives way to a siege by the fascist Bane and his rat hordes, abetted by the giant moles the humans had displaced centuries before when they came to the Underland. As gallons of blood spill, Gregor's math-whiz sister Lizzie helps a multi-species team break the rats' Code of Claw, and Gregor himself agonizes over whether the cause for which he fights is a just one. Perhaps Collins's greatest achievement in these tales is the effortless introduction of weighty geopolitical ethics into rip-roaring adventure. It seems as elusive in the Underland as up above, but Gregor and his companions, including the unforgettable rat Ripred, may yet find a way. The resolution is bittersweet but faintly hopeful--a fitting end for an unflinchingly gutsy series whose deftly drawn characters have always lived dangerously. (Fiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 July
Gr 5-9-- In his fifth adventure, Gregor is faced with his most personal challenge in the Underland--a prophecy that seems to foretell his own death. As the final confrontation between the giant rats, led by the powerful Bane, and the humans, led by young queen Luxa and her advisors, approaches, Gregor confronts his own fears and finds his own role in the fighting. The conflict brings his family from New York to the Underland, and Gregor's sister Lizzie finds her own role as the code-breaker, working with a team of representatives of the different underground species to crack the rats' secret code and to anticipate their next movements. As attacks and ambushes bring chaos to the underground city of Regalia, Gregor's role as the warrior means that it's up to him to save the day. A realistic conclusion, including the loss of old friends and a message about the importance of peace and trust, leaves readers with a sense of optimism about the future of the Underland. Friends and foes from the previous volumes reappear here, and Gregor's self-doubts and changing relationship with Luxa add to his depth as a protagonist. Fans of the series will find much to appreciate, from an enigmatic prophecy to the complex rat Ripred, and they'll be drawn in by Collins's tight pacing and sense of urgency.--Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI [Page 99]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2007 June
In this final series volume, Gregor dreads fulfilling The Prophecy of Time, which foretells that Regalia's war against the rats will continue until Gregor dies in combat, killing the rat leader, the Bane. Battle follows bloody battle as the rats gain ground, finally assaulting the city itself. Locked in the palace, Gregor, Lizzie, and Boots frantically attempt to decipher the rats' Code of Claw. When Lizzie cracks the code, the Regalians infiltrate enemy communications, feeding them false information. Gregor, assuming that his death alone will bring about victory, faces the Bane with only his bond, Ares, to help him. When the Bane's erratic behavior prevents Gregor from getting close enough for a fatal strike, Ares sacrifices his life to fly Gregor in for the kill. With Ares and the Bane lying dead, the gravely wounded Gregor loses consciousness, convinced that he is dying too. Wakening in the Regalian hospital, Gregor learns that deprived of their leader the rats have surrendered. Queen Luxa and Ripred establish a bond between the races, which promises lasting peace. Gregor, reunited with his family, returns reluctantly to New York, leaving his Regalian friends behind. Consistent quality has been a hallmark of this series. Although the story line has gradually become darker, Gregor maintains his endearing qualities as a reluctant hero. His love for his family and his compassion for his friends never flag. The world of Regalia, located below the streets of New York City, presents a magical realm of possibilities for young readers of this excellent acquisition for any library.-Nancy K. Wallace 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.