Above Us, Olympus. Below Ground, the Underland.

August 9th, 2009 by

The first book in The Underland Chronicles

In my last post, I railed against the claim that Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a rip-off of Harry Potter. But I have to admit that when I read PJTO, I did notice some similarities to a different series: the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.

Don’t get me wrong — I am in no way suggesting that PJ is a copy of Underland, or even that one is better than the other. The truth is, PJ and Underland currently tie for my second favorite series (after HP, of course).

But I bring this up because I think Underland doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves, and so there’s a good chance you’ve never read the books. Well, fear not — Kidsmomo to the rescue! I’m here to tell you that if you’re a PJTO fan, you should definitely give Underland a try.

What, my word’s not enough to convince you? Well, here’s a side-by-side comparison to entice you:

PJTO Underland
Regular kid who’s thrown headfirst into a crazy adventure Percy Gregor
Important prophecies (usually annoyingly difficult to interpret) From the Oracle Carved into stone by Bartholomew of Sandwich
Feisty love (like?) interest Annabeth Luxa
Creatures not of our world Minotaur, Sphinx, centaurs, and hellhounds, just to name a few Giant roaches, bats, mice, and rats (all perfectly capable of talking with humans)
Tension that turns into all-out war Gods vs. Titans Humans vs. Rats
A “friend” who betrays the hero at the end of Book 1 Yeah, right — I can’t tell you everything!

So, what are you waiting for? Go underground and give Gregor a chance! (And after you read The Underland Chronicles and love it, please remember that I accept thanks in the form of cash and/or chocolate.)

— Karen

7 Responses

  • Jordan writes:
    December 19th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much! I read both series, and personally liked UC better, but that’s just me. I noticed a lot of similarities too- and one you missed is about the final prophecies in the fifth books. So strangely similar… maybe Suzanne Collins and Rick Riordan are long-lost twins or something. It’s always possible.

    • Anonymous writes:
      February 16th, 2016 at 9:00 am

      That is a bold idea but I like it. Maybe they could work on a book together. I think UC is better too but I have only read the first book!

      • Anonymous writes:
        June 20th, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        This is me later and now I have read each book twice and even wrote a whole cast list of actors for roles! I had a lot of free time. But the books are much alike and Suzanne and Rick should fully make a crossover of the characters paths.

  • Maariya writes:
    May 16th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Wow I was excited and then read the April fools bit bad joke I started searching up each and every single one of the actors 🙁

  • Maariya writes:
    May 16th, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    that is a very mean joke the regulations say that comments cant be mean spirited but that joke was mean spirited

  • Maariya writes:
    May 16th, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    :(:(:( very disappointed :(:(:(

  • I am annoyed writes:
    October 21st, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I am going to … make a movie!!!!!!!

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