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The novel was originally intended as a trilogy, however, the third part was never written. The first part was originally published separately as The Amphibians by Merton Press in The novel concerns a man who travels , years into the future with the aid of a time machine.

There he encounters a race of intelligent furry beings, the Amphibians. With their help he explores the planet and is eventually captured by the Dwellers, super-intelligent beings who direct the destinies of the planet.

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Boucher and McComas praised the edition, citing its "sociological criticism, spiritual stimulation and satire of high order. Or do they just think they do? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A World Below , please sign up. What are some good quotes from this book? Were those Indians in the caves? See all 5 questions about A World Below…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.

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Rating details. Sort order. Jan 11, Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it. When Mr. Baker, his Able and Talented teacher, tells his class that they are going on a graduation field trip to Carlsbad Caverns, he's okay with it, although he wishes his mother weren't chaperoning.

Silvia is also lukewarm about the trip, since previous eighth graders had stayed in hotels and eaten in fancy restaurants. Still, Mr.

Baker's goofy enthusiasm makes the trip okay, and t E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Eric finds school tiring and a bit dull, and he tries to be as undetectable as possible. Baker's goofy enthusiasm makes the trip okay, and the group arrives for their short sty in the caves armed with flashlights and snacks.

When an earthquake swallows Mr. Baker and washes the students further into the cave, things become dire.

Eric's mother had just headed out of the cave to set up snacks, so she is very panicked. Eric is separated from the group, but Silvia, despite her history of anxiety, manages to rally the group, provide help, and lead them on a path hopefully out of the cave. Unbeknownst to the students, there is a civilization living deeper in the caves, called Medianoche.

There are two warring factions, one headed by Carlos, a young king, and the other by Jana, who leads a group of people who have been ostracized by the main community. Carlos worries that the earth quake is punishment for his failure to condemn two of Jana's people to death.

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When Carlos finds Eric, he wants to help him leave the cave which is rife with killer spiders, beetles, and experiencing aftershocks of the earthquake! Supplies run short, flashlight batteries run out, and there is danger at every turn. Will the students ever get to the surface, and what will happen to the civilization below ground once they do? Strengths: This started off with a brief note saying that all of the students on the field trip should be considered deceased!

That got my attention. The introduction of Carlos' world almost lost me, but was brief enough, and I was intrigued by Eric's attitude towards school and his isolation.

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The story about his father's departure added a nice bit of character development, as did Silvia's problems with anxiety, and it was great to see how well she coped. The details of all of the dangers underground were what will make this an easy sell to students, and the twist at the end involving the reasons that Carlos' people were underground was clever. I loved Mr. Weaknesses: I wasn't thrilled about the somewhat fantastical element of Carlos and his people living underground, but it is a testament to the quality of King's writing that he makes it work.

Also, I still think there would have been another bus driver, even if Mr. Baker had his bus driving license! But again, King thought this through! What I really think: Definitely purchasing! We are going to say this is fantasy because of the underground civilization and the giant killer bugs.


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Mar 26, Chelsey rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I find this book problematic. These are supposed to be the Smart Kids. The word mathelete is used to describe a few. And yet they behave like the dumbest kids alive, and are treated so interchangeably by the author that none of them have defined personalities, strengths, or talents, and indeed, when one kid disappears they only half- I find this book problematic. And yet they behave like the dumbest kids alive, and are treated so interchangeably by the author that none of them have defined personalities, strengths, or talents, and indeed, when one kid disappears they only half-heartedly look for him for about five minutes before forgetting about him completely.

But the really uncomfortable thing is this spoilers! The kids fall through a cavern, and discover an underground people. The cover, the blurb, and the opening of the book made me picture these people as some form of Fae - elves, or sprites, or something. But it turns out they are native Mexicans who fled the white man and decided to live underground. Why is this a problem? And oh, are they war-like. Their society has split into 2, and they are depicted as violent, cut throat, and treacherous, every single one of them, down to the young children.

They throw people into bottomless pits. They attack without asking questions. Basically, picture any old Western and the Native characters in that, and there you go. This society is then taught a Very Valuable Lesson by the above ground kids, and they vow to change their savage ways. View 1 comment. May 08, Jessica Van Tassell rated it it was ok. This was not what I expected. I was looking forward to a straight survival story, so when this had elements of fantasy I was not prepared for that.

I finished the book so it was still somewhat engaging but had too many types of plots running at once.


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Jun 02, Troy rated it liked it. Pretty good but a bit heavy-handed on the "everyone has issues to work out and you should not be too hard on yourself" message. On the other hand, not bad stealth therapy if you need it. Jan 24, Keitha rated it really liked it. Whilst on a field trip exploring some caverns in New Mexico, an 8 Grade class is stuck in an earthquake and ends up trapped below the surface.

The class finds themselves in an underground world with some friendly and not-so-friendly inhabitants. Can they survive and make it back to the surface? I came across this in my library's ebook selection and that cover grabbed my attention. It's a beautiful cover and when I read the synopsis which boasted that this book was a mix of Lord of the Flies and J Whilst on a field trip exploring some caverns in New Mexico, an 8 Grade class is stuck in an earthquake and ends up trapped below the surface.

It's a beautiful cover and when I read the synopsis which boasted that this book was a mix of Lord of the Flies and Journey to the Centre of the Earth, I was in. However, I feel like this book just wasn't for me. I expected more Lord of the Flies-inspired elements and it didn't deliver enough for me.