Animorphs 28-32

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-19 | 20-22 | 23-27

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs

Animorphs Chronicles: The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles

Sorry it’s taken so long for me to post this – life is busy. Anyhow, let’s return to my retrospective look at K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs books. As with previous reviews, please note that there will be spoilers. In case you’ve never heard of it before, Animorphs was a science fiction series for young teens that ran from 1996 to 2001. It consisted of fifty-four main novels, as well as ten spin-off stories. For the purpose of this review, I’m going to be looking at books twenty-eight to thirty-two only – The Experiment, The Sickness, The Reunion, The Conspiracy and The Separation. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started!

The Battle for Earth is drawing on and the Yeerks are being forced to grow craftier in their approach. When the Chee come to learn that the Yeerks have taken control of a research lab and meat processing plant, the Animorphs know that they have to infiltrate both to discover why. What they find is a complex plot to change the food supply in order to remove human free will. However, can they destroy the Yeerks’s research without winding up as hamburgers?

Following on from this, the Animorphs are forced to embark on a number of sensitive personal missions. Cassie’s trust is put to the test when she is contacted by a Yeerk who claims to be part of a peace movement. His ally, Aftran, has been captured and will inevitably reveal everything about the Animorphs once Visser Three tortures her. Yet, with all the other Animorphs sick, it’s up to Cassie alone to rescue her and, to do that, she must morph into her worst enemy…

Jake and Marco face crises of a different source when their families are targeted by the Yeerks. Jake must pull out all the stops to protect his unknowing father as Tom tries to either infest or destroy him, while Marco learns that his mother is still alive and is forced to make the impossible choice whether to risk his friends to save her or let her die. Meanwhile, Rachel is forced to face the danger within when she finds herself split in half. With the threat of the Yeerks developing an Anti-Morphing Ray, the team needs to be more focused than ever. But how can they stop it while Rachel is at war against herself?

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Animorphs 23-27

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-19 | 20-22

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs

Animorphs Chronicles: The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles

Apologies in the delay in writing this review – it’s been a busy few weeks. This time, I’m going to be looking at books twenty-three to twenty-seven – The Pretender, The Suspicion, The Extreme, The Attack and The Exposed. In case this is the first of these reviews you’ve looked at, the Animorphs series was written by K.A. Applegate and ran from 1996 to 2001. It consists of fifty-four books and a further ten spin-off stories and specials. As always, this a retrospective rather than a true review, so there may be spoilers.

Tobias is left shocked when he is contacted out of the blue by his father’s lawyer. The man tells him that the person he thought was father was not really, and that his birth-father’s last will and testament is to be read to him on his next birthday. He also tells him that his long-lost cousin Aria has offered to become his legal guardian. There is just one problem. Tobias has never heard of Aria and so the Animorphs grow concerned that it may all be a Yeerk trap.

Following on from this, the Animorphs are forced to embark on a couple of high-risk missions when they’re faced by new alien threats. The minuscule Helmacrons don’t seem to be very dangerous at first, however when they shrink Cassie, Marco and Tobias down to their size, the Animorphs realise that the insane aliens are far more threatening on their own turf. Things grow more dangerous still when the Animorphs travel to the Arctic to destroy a new Yeerk facility. It soon becomes clear that the cold is not the only issue they face. The Yeerks have revived a long-extinct race – one perfectly adapted to fighting in sub-zero temperatures.

Yet their biggest challenge comes in the form of the Crayak – the Ellimist’s evil counterpart. Although not able to harm them directly, the Crayak is still able to send his deadly allies to destroy entire species. The Animorphs face their most dangerous foes as they protect the Iskoort home world from the monstrous Howlers, but the fight is brought much closer to home as the Drode – the Crayak’s twisted sidekick – sets his sights on the Chee…

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The Hork-Bajir Chronicles

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-19 | 20-22

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs

Animorphs Chronicles: The Andalite Chronicles

The Hork-Bajir Chronicles was written by K.A. Applegate and first published in 1998. It is the second book of the Animorphs Chronicles, a spin-off of the popular Animorphs series, and focuses on how the Yeerks took control of the Hork-Bajir race. Although this book is technically a prequel, it is intended to be read after book 22 of the main series (The Solution).

Aldrea’s family honour has been tarnished by the well-meaning actions of her father, Prince Seerow. It was Seerow who first reached out to the Yeerks, taking pity on their weakness and teaching them about the stars. Now, the Yeerks are the scourge of the universe, taking over race after race, and the Andalites are struggling to stop them. Unwilling to trust Seerow, the Andalites send him on a mission to study a remote jungle planet. The only known species who live there an unintelligent race of tree-dwelling herbivore known as the Hork-Bajir.

Dak Hamee is different. He is a Hork-Bajir seer – a creature born only once every generation who possesses greater-than-average intelligence. When the Andalite party arrives, he is quick to befriend Aldrea. Seeing that he is special, she teaches him science and mathematics. In return, Dak teaches her to appreciate his forest home and the spiritual peace of Hork-Bajir life.

Yet the peace will not last. The growing Yeerk empire has also discovered the Hork-Bajir homeworld and realises that the powerful Hork-Bajir will make excellent shock troops for their war. Lead by Esplin 9466, the Yeerks invade the planet and kill Aldrea’s family. With nothing left to lose, she encourages Dak to use his influence to train a band of Hork-Bajir into resistance fighters to strike back at the Yeerks. Yet their actions have horrible consequences. As Dak watches his friends become ruthless killing machines, he starts to wonder if resisting the Yeerks is worth the cost to his people…

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Animorphs 20-22

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-19

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs

Animorphs Chronicles: The Andalite Chronicles

The Animorphs series was written by K.A. Applegate and ran from 1996 to 2001, consisting of fifty-four books and a further ten spin-off stories and specials. This week, I’m going to be focusing on books twenty to twenty-two – The Discovery, The Threat and The Solution – which are collectively known by fans as The David Trilogy. As always, this is a retrospective rather than a true review, so there may be spoilers.

The Animorphs believed that all trace of Elfangor was vaporised along with his ship. Imagine Marco’s surprise when he sees a boy at school showing off the Escafil Device – the blue box which gave them their morphing powers. The boy, named David, has no idea what the object is but realises that it’s valuable. He tells Marco that he’s put it up for sale online and already had interest. Marco knows that this is not a good thing. The only ones who would be interested in such an object have to be Controllers.

The Animorphs rush to David’s house to try and claim the Escafil Device for themselves and wind up inadvertently dragging David into their war. With his home destroyed and his parents taken by the Yeerks, they are left with two choices. Either they leave him to the mercy of Visser Three or they allow him to join them, sharing the morphing technology. Although Marco and Ax are wary, the Animorphs decide to take the risk and allow David to join their ranks.

Yet David has joined the team a bad time. A summit is taking place and the Animorphs learn that one of the world leaders attending is already a Controller. It will be the perfect chance for Visser Three to infest the rest. It’s a serious mission and the Animorphs soon realise that they may have made a mistake in trusting a stranger. David is unpredictable and cowardly, and would do anything to save his own skin. Even if it meant turning his new allies over to the Yeerks…

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Megamorphs #2: In the Time of Dinosaurs

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Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-19

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift

Animorphs Chronicles: The Andalite Chronicles

In the Time of Dinosaurs was written by K.A. Applegate and first published in 1998. It is the second book of the Megamorphs series, a spin-off on the popular science-fiction series, Animorphs. Although the novel is a spin-off, it’s designed to be read after The Decision (the eighteenth book of the main series) so I wouldn’t advise picking up this one until you’ve at least reached that point.

It’s Marco that first hears about the nuclear submarine. The vessel ran into difficulties off the coast of his hometown, trapping its crew at the bottom of the sea. The Animorphs know that they can use their morphing powers to save the day, yet the rescue attempt goes wrong in a way that none of them expect. The submarine explodes with such force that it creates a Sario Rip, sending the Animorphs hurtling back through time.

They find themselves stranded in the late Cretaceous Period, a time when humans do not exist and dinosaurs rule the Earth. Now, at the bottom of the food chain, even their battle morphs are utterly useless. When a kronosaurus devours Rachel and Tobias, the rest of the team have no choice but to flee for their lives. If they are going to survive long enough to find a way home, they know that they will have to acquire some powerful new morphs.

As they explore the jungle, they come across something that none of them were expecting. Two alien races battle for control of the planet – the peaceful Mercora and the vicious Nesk. Caught in the war between them, the Animorphs must find a way to use their technology to recreate the Sario Rip. Yet their time could well be running out as a comet has appeared in the sky…

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Animorphs 16-19

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift

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This week, my Animorphs retrospective is going to be looking at The Warning, The Underground, The Decision and The Departure, which are books sixteen to nineteen of K.A. Applegate’s popular science-fiction series. If this is the first of my reviews that you’ve looked at, please note that these ones may contain spoilers. As the series has been out of print for a while now, it’s more a look back over my childhood obsession.

Over the course of their battles, the Animorphs have had many victories. They rescued a trapped Andalite from his crashed ship, protected the only two free Hork-Bajir in the universe, destroyed the Earth-based Kandrona and even prevented the Yeerks from creating an army of Shark Controllers. Yet they are at war and so sometimes things can go horribly, horribly wrong.

When Jake uncovers a chat room full of people who seem to know all about the invasion, he leads the Animorphs on a mission to find out more. However, when a lapse of judgement causes Rachel and Ax to be captured by their enemies, he begins to doubt his ability to lead. Things go from bad to worse as another attempt to sabotage the Yeerk Pool ends in a fierce battle, and a freak morphing accident leads to the Animorphs being sucked out into Z-Space.

All of these incidents prove to be far too much for Cassie. After a final gruesome battle against a Hork-Bajir Controller, she quits the team and vows to never morph again. However, even this does not end well. She finds herself stalked by a Yeerk who has taken the body of a little girl – a Yeerk who quickly comes to learn exactly what she is. Now, Cassie finds herself in a dilemma. Does she go against her moral code and kill the girl and protect her secret, or let her live and risk the lives of everyone that she loves?

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The Andalite Chronicles

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift

The Andalite Chronicles was written by K.A. Applegate and first published in 1997. It is the first of four Animorphs Chronicles books that further expand the universe in which the main series is set. Although it does not form part of the main Animorphs chronology, The Andalite Chronicles is technically a prequel to the series and focuses on Elfangor’s youth as a cadet in the Andalite military.

Before Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul was a war-prince, he was a lowly aristh – a cadet – eager to see battle and prove himself as a great warrior. Assigned to the dome ship StarSword, he begins an unremarkable career with his friend and rival Arbron. His first taste of a real mission is a simple excursion to investigate a Skrit Na freighter but what he discovers there changes his life forever.

The Skrit Na have abducted two humans – Loren and Chapman – and Elfangor and Arbron are placed under the command of a disgraced war-prince called Alloran in order to transport them home. Yet their plans are derailed when they make a discovery. The Skrit Na have also scavenged a legendary Ellimist artefact known as the Time Matrix and are on their way to deliver it into the hands of the Yeerks.

Elfangor and his party pursue the Skrit Na to the Taxxon home world in the hope of retrieving the device, however in doing so they find themselves in a deadly struggle against the Yeerks. During the course of the fight, Elfangor makes a critical error and in doing so condemns Alloran to a fate worse than death – a horrible existence as the host of the Yeerk that will one day become Visser Three…

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Animorphs 11-15

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

Animorphs:  1-5 | 6-10

Megamorphs: The Andalite’s Gift

Sorry for the delay in these reviews. It’s been a few weeks so I think it’s a good time to get back to my retrospective look at K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs series. This epic science fiction series focuses on five teenagers and a young alien who use their shape-shifting powers to fight an invasion of extra-terrestrial parasites. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be looking at books eleven to fifteen only – The Forgotten, The Reaction, The Change, The Unknown and The Escape.

The Animorphs have now survived countless battles against Visser Three and the invading Yeerks, but there is still so little they know about the universe and the nature of their powers. When an attempt to seize control of a bug fighter goes horribly wrong, the resulting explosion creates a Sario Rip, shunting the teenagers back in time. Trapped in the Amazon in an unknown time period, they find themselves racing across the jungle to find a way to get back home before time can catch up and erase them from history.

They also discover that morphing carries some horrible side effects when Rachel develops an allergy to her crocodile morph, causing her to uncontrollably change form. The Animorphs struggle to find a way for her to control this for fear that she shifts in public and reveals their secret to the world. Stranger still is when Tobias stumbles across the only two free Hork-Bajir in the universe. The Ellimist charges with him finding a place where they can live safely, promising to grant him what he desires most if he succeeds.

On top of everything the Animorphs are horrified to discover that the Yeerks are extending their reach, looking at the other creatures that inhabit the Earth to see if any would make suitable hosts. The Animorphs are forced to investigate why and put a stop to it before their enemies can grow even more powerful…
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Megamorphs #1: The Andalite’s Gift

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels [here] and [here].

The Megamorphs series is a spin off from K.A. Applegate’s popular Animorphs franchise. Although they still occur in the same continuity, they are longer stories with multiple narrators. For today’s review, I’m going to be looking at Megamorphs #1: The Andalite’s Gift. Please note that this novel makes reference to the events of the seventh Animorphs book, The Stranger, so be sure to read at least that far in the main series before starting this one.

Following a string of small victories against the Yeerks, the Animorphs prepare to relax for the summer. Rachel is heading off to gymnastics camp, Jake and Cassie have been invited to a pool party, and Marco is planning on crashing the same party for kicks. After the nightmares that they have faced, it feels nice for them to be able to act like normal kids for a while. Unfortunately, strange things start happening.

While at the party, the Animorphs are attacked by a strange creature that behaves like a living whirlwind. The monster seems to be attracted directly to them and is capable of shredding everything in its path. Realising that it’s Visser Three’s newest weapon, they are forced to think of a way to destroy it. Unfortunately, the creature seems unstoppable and even Ax has never seen anything like it before.

To make matters worse, Rachel has vanished. On the way to camp, her bald eagle morph was mobbed by smaller birds and crashed into a tree. The accident caused her to lose her memory and wander aimlessly in the forest, frightened by her freakish ability to become a bird. When she encounters an insane former controller, things go from bad to worse. It’s up to the other Animorphs to find and rescue her before the monster can…

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Animorphs 6-10

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Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my review of these novels [here].

I think it’s a good time to continue my retrospective look at K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs books. This science fiction series focused on a group of teenagers who use their ability to turn into animals to protect the world from parasitic aliens. It ran for fifty-four novels, as well as three spin-off series – Megamorphs, The Animorphs Chronicles and Alternamorphs. For the purpose of today’s review, I’m going to be looking at books six to ten – The Capture, The Stranger, The Alien, The Secret and The Android.

Each of the Animorphs has found their own reason to want to battle the Yeerks, yet victory seems far out of their reach. Even their morphing powers seem meagre when compared to Visser Three’s formidable army of Hork Bajir and Taxxons. When raid on a Yeerk base goes horribly wrong, Jake becomes a Controller and learns first-hand how fearsome their enemy is. How can they possibly win against a race that can blend in perfectly and render their hosts powerless?

Their doubts are echoed when they come face to face with an all-powerful being known as an Ellimist. The Ellimist warns them that the Earth is doomed no matter what they attempt. Their only hope lies with him. The Ellimist offers to relocate the Animorphs and a few of their loved ones to a habitable planet where they can live their lives in peace. The temptation leads to a divide in the team, yet they can’t shake the thought that the Ellimist’s offer may not be exactly as it first appears.

Yet not everything seems hopeless. When Marco stalks a friend who he believes to be a Controller, he discovers that they may have allies who hate the Yeerks as much as he does. Yet the Chee are a peaceful race who have spent thousands of years avoiding violence. How can the Animorphs possibly hope to convince them to abandon their beliefs and join the war?

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