I didn’t intend to finish another book so soon, but I couldn’t put this one down. The first time I read Animorphs, Marco was one of my least favorite characters. Reading through the series a second time, as an adult, he is one of my favorites. I used to hate how he joked about everything all the time, and I felt like he whined too much. Now, I guess I’m understanding him more.
I was discussing Animorphs with my friend Lori the other night (because I can think of little else these days). Marco happens to be her favorite character. This is her favorite book. I was explaining to her that I was liking Marco more this read-through. This time, after reading the first four books, I began to realize that Marco has something to live for rather than fight for. It’s not so much that he is afraid of getting hurt or dying for himself. He’s afraid of getting hurt or dying for his father. After this book, Marco has both a reason for living and a reason for fighting. This book made the battle against the Yeerks personal for Marco.
Recaps three days in a row?! I am busting through these! I’m going to try to keep up this intensity (maybe not a recap everyday, but often) during my break from school. I’ve gotten a couple messages and pokes, so I’ll try to hit a Goosebumps or Fear Street book soon, too.
The Message is an extremely important book in the series. As much as I love (nearly) the entire series, there’s a lot of fluff books that you could definitely skip and not miss out on the overall story. This is not one of them. It’s the first Cassie book. I have always been a big fan of Cassie which is interesting because she is generally regarded as fans’ “least favorite Animorph.” It’s also the introduction of Ax, who coincidentally is my least favorite Animorph. Because this is a Cassie book, we are slapped hard in the face with a moral issue. I’m excited to dive into it. Get it? Dive?
This was my first time reading The Encounter to the end. I owned the book and started it a couple of times when I was younger, but for some reason I could never get through it. Maybe it was because the narrator, Tobias, could not morph. I initially read Animorphs for the morphing. Maybe it was because this book is so dark.
The Encounter is extremely dark and depressing. Every Tobias book is kind of dark, as it’s the nature of his character, but this one is ridiculously dark. I’d venture to say that it may even be too dark to be a children’s book. I’ll explain why in a little bit. The book is also beautiful, though, in a weird way. I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate that quality as a kid, but I appreciated its beauty now, as I read the book in one sitting. Are you ready to go on this dark ride with Birdboy and me? Hang on tight.
Here is the book that started my love for the series. Look at it and tell me how it wouldn’t jump out to a Seventh Grader looking for a good book to read. I clearly enjoyed it back then; I picked up Animorphs books after it and eventually became obsessed with the series. As much as I enjoyed it back then, reading it now, I feel like not much happens in it. That’s both a good and a bad thing. Some of the later books are more exciting, but this one is nice because it is slower. I enjoyed getting to know Rachel even though she hadn’t really come into her own yet. Seeing Rachel interacting with the other Animorphs and learning that they don’t fully trust one another yet was interesting, because they become so tight as the series goes on. I’ll get into that a little further down.
This is just the second book in the series, so Applegate is still world building. The Animorphs are still learning about their new powers, about the Yeerks, and about themselves. So, too, are we, so let’s go ahead and jump into the book.
I told you guys an Animorphs recap was coming. Before I jump into the first book, I want to talk about this series for a little bit because it is more than nostalgia to me. Animorphs was my childhood. I have so many friends I’m still in contact with today that I made from reading this series. Lori, Margie, Matt, Lawren, Holly, Izzah, Laura, Alex, Connor, Tina, Dustin, Katherine, and Vega, I’m talking about you! And those are just the friends I made that are still social enough to be on Facebook today. I know it sounds silly, but this series and the people I met while reading it helped me discover and accept myself. Let’s go back to the beginning, though.
In seventh grade, my Middle School put an emphasis on Language Arts. I guess the school had low reading and writing test scores. As a result, We spent nearly two and a half hours in Language Arts compared to 50 minutes in Math, and poor Science and Social Studies were combined in one 50-minute class. I remember my Science and Social Studies teacher was a man named Mr. Lowe that year, and he was a Social Studies teacher. He was so annoyed that he had to teach Science that year. I digress.