Review of: The Curse of the Warmbloods, by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed By: Graham S.

In the book, The Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins, Gregor has to go back to the Underland because there is a deadly plague and they need his help to find the cure. In the Underland, they discover Ares is one of the three people who has the plague, and Gregor’s mom got the plague, also. Their guide, Hamnet, will lead them through deadly vines; some of the vines can actually voraciously eat you if you touch them. The group has to have rats, bats, humans, and cockroaches because that is what the prophecy said. Gregor is trying to get the cure for the plague, but they get attacked by deadly plants. Gregor fought them off and kept on with his journey. While they were strolling through the jungle they found Luxa. Later on, Gregor and the group found the cure and there is a huge amount of it. Then all of a sudden red, fiery ants attack the group and something tragic happens to them. Is there enough time to get back and get the cure to his mom and Ares, or are they gone forever?

I enjoyed this novel very much because there was a lot of action and I liked the characters, such as when the poison frogs came, and when the red ants attacked them. Also, I got amused  how Temp, a cockroach, adores Boots, and I thought it was cute and scary at the same time when Boots thought the poison frogs were toys and fun to play with. However, there are some slow scenes. For instance, there is a scene when they are just walking and saying nothing. This book made me feel happy and sad at the same time because Luxa survived and came back, but, Gregor’s mom is sick.

I think boys and girls ages nine through thirteen would like The Curse of the Warmbloods. There are some parts that describe the plague, and it is pretty gruesome; also people die in the book too, so children might get upset. There are also  4-8 feet sized rats, cockroaches, and bats that kids might find gross or disturbing. This novel also has some words that are hard to understand. I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did.