Title: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: MG (fantasy)
Why I read it/how I found it: Third book in the Underland Chronicles
With two prophecies fulfilled, Gregor is now focused on the Prophecy of Blood, which calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a plague. But this time, his mother refuses to let him go...until Ripred the rat convinces her that Gregor and Boots need to stay for only a brief meeting. Finally, Gregor's mom relents, provided she is allowed to travel with them.
When they arrive in the subterranean city, the plague is spreading--and it has claimed one of his closest companions. Only then does Gregor start to understand how the illness plays with the fate of all warmblooded creatures, but he still doesn't know how he can help combat it.
This has been my favorite of the series so far. They continue to get better and better as the series goes on (well, at least these three do). Gregor and Boots are maturing very naturally throughout the story, especially Gregor. He's starting to see the gray areas of war and puzzling over where a line should be drawn. There's action a-plenty, of course, but the plot is still great. The cast of characters a full-fleshed and diverse, the setting is different from the rest and intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Other information: This is the third of a five-part series.