K. A. Applegate
So… my entire index page is now covered in Animorphs recaps. I am officially obsessed. Again. I started a Tumblr pretty recently, mainly to interact with other Animorphs fans, I’m not going to lie, but I’d love to follow you guys. If you have a Tumblr, friend me! Or is it “follow me?” I’m not down with the Tumblin’ lingo yet. 😉 Anyway, I have a regular blog post coming your way soon. I get not everyone is into Animorphs.
The Capture was one of my favorite entries in the series when I was younger. It wasn’t my top favorite. That spot belonged to The Departure, but this book is a lot like The Departure in many ways. The covers are even very similar, both yellow, and both cover morphs featuring bugs. I really enjoy the up-close and personal view of the Yeerks these books provide. I wish this book had a little more Yeerk in it.
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.