Monday, May 03, 2010

Animorphs: The Invasion

Despite my previous review of Search for Senna, I picked up another K. A. Applegate book. My library has several of the Animorphs series, so I picked up volume 1 in the series to see what it was all about.

In this story, a group of 5 friends have an encounter with a dying alien. This alien, an Andalite, gives them the gift to morph into animals once they acquire the DNA of an animal. The alien wanted to give humans the ability to fight the Yeerks, an alien species with an "invasion of the body snatchers" mission against humanity. The leader of the Yeerks is an Andalite under the control a Yeerk, an apparently bad combination.

The story is fast paced and fun. The author does a good job describing the morphing process and how it feels to be an animal. The book is written for a junior or juvenile fiction level and it would appeal to some in that group. BUT my library has these books located in the Young Adult section, which is probably more appropriate. While there is nothing too naughty in the books, there is violence and an implied romance. Some younger kids may have difficulty with that, though to be honest it is not any worse than some cartoons (how sad is that?)

In any event, I am tempted to pick up book 2 in the series.

Book rating: 3 stars.

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