by Second Mate Embry, guest reviewer

Title: Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Author Suzanne Collins
Page Count: 343
Format: Hardcover
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Gregor and Boots frequently go to the Underland to visit their mother, who was a victim of the plague. When they returned for Hazard’s birthday party Gregor finds out Luxa needs him. The mice that saved her are disappearing. In an attempt to figure out what is happening to the mice the whole gang (Gregor, Luxa, Ares, Aurora, Howard, Nike, Boots and Temp) set out on another adventure.

Why I Started This Book:

At this point I have read three in the Underland series. It made sense to continue on with number four and while I am less than thrilled with the constant quests, I hoped it would get better.


  • I like that this quest wasn’t preordained through prophecy.
  • Giant scorpions of awesome!
  • I really like Hazard’s ability to speak in multiple animal languages. This really came in use with the giant scorpions.


  • It’s funny (to me anyway) when Photos Glow-Glow and Zap come back, because in book two they were ditched. The two are part of the journey for only a small portion and then they are ditched again.
  • The plot drifted. There wasn’t an exciting climax or conclusion. If anything it was a small hump… like a speedbump.
  • While reading, this book almost put me to sleep several times because it was so boring.

Last Minute Thoughts: I still want to continue this book series in case it gets better, but I don’t have much hope. Luckily there is only one book left to go.

Buy: Gregor And The Marks Of Secret (Paperback), Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Audio Book)

Book Rating: 1.5 Treasure Chests.

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