Hey there Epic Readers! Today we're kicking off our participation in the Young Adult Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Down The Rabbit Hole with a review of the first book in the Animorph Series by Katherine A. Applegate, which is titled The Invasion. This is going to be part of a Review Series we're going to call Oldies But Goodies. The winner of this Giveaway will receive the choice of either the eBook version or the print version of The Invasion. Please enter the Giveaway with this FORM.
Barnes & Noble
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks;
Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.
The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they're fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them. So begins K.A. Applegate's epic series about five normal kids with a limitless amount of forms and abilities.
First I'd like to tell you how we discovered this series...
Our family goes camping every year, and when we go camping we don't take a TV with us - Yeah, I know, rustic right? So when Sia, Nick and Maggie were younger, we'd take a book along with us (usually a Harry Potter book) and I'd read the book aloud for an hour or so every night before we went to bed. Well, one year there was no new Harry Potter book out, and I didn't bring a book to read, consequently causing a general air of discontent and grumbles among the campers. So, I went to a nearby used bookstore and found three Animorph books that looked like they might be interesting. I didn't know anything about the series, and the three books I found were not in sequence, but we started with the earliest number available, which was Book #5 - The Predator - and we were hooked! During the week we were camping, we finished two of the three books, and when we got home, Nick insisted that we visit the library to see if we could find more books in the series.
After doing a little research online, I discovered that there were 54 books in the series, with an additional 10 books that were about the same characters in the series, but are adventures outside the Animorph storyline. So, for the next six months, I worked diligently piecing together the entire series, bidding for the books on eBay, because at that time many of the books were out of print. But my hard work paid off and Nick received all 64 books for Christmas that year. And yes, we read every single book aloud, and we still have the entire collection.
Now, on to my review of The Invasion:
Each book of the series is narrated by one of the five main characters, which (IMHO) makes each book an exceptionally unique experience.
In this book Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias and Marco meet Prince Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, an Andalite warrior, when he crash lands on Earth. The group of friends learn from the Prince that the Earth is being invaded by aliens called Yeerks, but no one knows about the Yeerks, because the aliens are parasitic and are hidden inside humans.
Prince Elfangor has been mortally wounded in a battle with the Yeerks, and the Yeerks are tracking his location, so there's little time for him to explain the situation to Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias and Marco and get them to understand the danger the Yeerks pose to the Earth. But he does make them understand that they must fight the Yeerks or all of humanity will be lost, and he gives them a piece of Andalite technology, which the Yeerks don't possess - The ability to Morph. This technology allows them to absorb the DNA from an animal and store it in their bodies, so that they can morph into any animal they've touched.
After the Prince gives the kids the ability to Morph, things start to move pretty fast, and it's like that in every single book. The stories are exciting and often times humorous. In one of the books (I won't tell you which one), the leader of the Yeerks (Visser Three, who is just about as evil as they come) is sprayed by a skunk, who is also one of the kids. I laughed so hard at that scene, tears were running down my face, and I had to stop reading so I could catch my breath.
Anyway, this is a wonderful series of books, I'd even go so far as to say they are Epic. If you're anything like us, when you find a good book, you wish it would just go on forever - I would highly recommend these books. They don't go on forever, but there are enough of them that it takes quite a span of time to get through them all. I'm going to give The Invasion a Five Star Rating.
Young Adult Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Down The Rabbit Hole.