So she did. Below is Sharon's review of Gregor the Overlander. Or Overlanderrrrrrr. Whichever. Enjoy!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. But, have you heard her other (far superior?) middle-grade series, Gregor the Overlander? Don't get me wrong, Gregor lives through just as much death, dismay, and grit as Katniss but the Underland Chronicles are even more fantastic and just as epic.
With the recent release of Part 1 of The Mockingjay, I'm going to frame this review with five reasons why Gregor the Overlander is more enjoyable than The Hunger Games.
1. No Love Triangles
In case you care, I'm Team Peeta but when there's a war going on, who would really have time to care? Sure, there's a bit of romance with the final books, but it doesn't get in the way of the story line.
Gregor's meets his best friend in the Underland. Together they take names and kick rats.
3. Sure Gregor is the chosen one, just like Katniss, but
a) his sister is also the chosen one and she's the queen of the cockroaches (not even making this up)
b) his other sister is a deciding factor in wining a war
4. The best hero/villain EVER
Part sensei with equal parts grouch and killing machine, Ripred is the king of the witty repartee. His relationship with Gregor is nuanced and, like Haymitch in the Hunger Games, this character makes the story.
5. Everybody knows about the Hunger Games, but with knowledge of Gregor the Overlander, you join an elite group way above the 'hungering' masses.