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Not sure if this was aimed at kids or adults
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2012
Gregor the Overlander is an odd book. It's got some of the same style that made me like the Hunger Games, but it's also got a lot of elements that feel like I'm reading a little kid's book. I get that this book is aimed at children, but some of those moments feel excessive.
The other thing that makes it a little odd is the unfiltered violence of a lot that goes on in the book. There's bodies everywhere later in the book and Collins pulls no more punches in describing the violence here than she did in the Hunger Games, which makes the "little kid book" feeling just sort of skeevy in conjunction.
The book is creative and fun, and if you've got a kid who can deal with extremely violent stories (with a point) then they will probably enjoy this story. Personally, I think Collins might have done better to aim for older kids or younger kids more directly, and not have the "This is what a bat is" explanations if the audience is supposed to be older children, nor the graphicly depicted war scenes if the audience is younger children.