Blue (blue_rampion) wrote in reanimorphs,

Series Read-through: The Invasion

"Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack - and were given the power to fight back.

Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever see..."

The first book in the series! (Huzzah!) Narrated by Jake, this one kicks off the whole Saga. So what are your thoughts?

[This is the spoiler free discussion post for this book! If you want to see the spoilery version, head over to here for the one at animorphs. But that link WILL have spoilers for the whole series, so click at your own risk!]
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For fun, you can try answering some of the questions from the website's discussion guide. Alas, book one doesn't really seem to have any particularly lulzy questions. Unless you could the one where Marco is apparently Tobias.

Someone better answer some of them though, because holy crap this took me ages to type out.

Alien Encounters
  • Marco’s reaction to the spaceship is that they should call “the cops or the army or the president or something” (p.11). What would you do if you saw a spaceship land?
  • Jake describes the alien as a fusion of animal and human parts. What do you think is the strangest feature of this creature?
  • How does the alien communicate?
  • Who does the alien say has come to destroy the people of Earth?
  • What does Jake find surprising about the interior of the Andalite ship?
  • What does Jake realize when he sees the three-dimensional picture in the Andalite ship? Does does it make him feel?
  • What power does the Andalite share with Jake and his friends? How does the power work?

Enemies Amoung Us
  • What is the shocking news that Tom shares with Jake? What does Jake realise about his relationship with Tom?
  • What makes Marco believe that Tom is a Controller? What is Jake's response?
  • What convinces Jake that his brother is a Controller? Who else is a Human-Controller?
  • How are the Yeerks able to persuade some humans and Hork-Bajir to be become voluntary hosts?

Close Calls and Narrow Escapes
  • Why are the Yeerk ships called "bug fighters"?
  • Why does the Andalite say that the Hork-Bajir should be pitied?
  • Which creatures do you think are more frightening, the Hork-Bajir or the Taxxons? Which do you think would be more difficult to fight?
  • Jake says: "If you've never been really afraid, let me tell you—-it does things to you. It takes over your mind and your body. You want to scream. You want to run. You want to wet your pants" (p. 33). What is a time in your life when you have been as afraid as Jake, or clsoe to it?
  • What does Visser Three tell Prince Elfangor of his plans for the Earth?

Learning About Animals
  • What does Tobias find so amazing about morphing into a cat? What do you think would be the advantages and disadvantages of being a cat?
  • What does Jake find so amazing about morphing into a dog? What do you think would be the advantages and disadvantages of being a dog?

The Best and Worst Things About Morphing
  • What is the greatest danger of morphing?
  • How is Marco able to fly when the hawk he morphed into has an injury? Yes, MARCO. I did not mistype this.
  • When Jake morphs into a green anole lizard at school, what is the worst part of the experience? What important discovery does he make?
  • Why is Tobias unable to morph back into human form? As what animal will be have to remain?

Fighting the Yeerks
  • What makes Visser Three the most dangerous of the Yeerks?
  • Why is the Kandrona important to the Yeerks?
  • What do the Animorphs find at the Yeerk pool?

Life Outside of Morphing
  • Why is Jake bothered about not making the school basketball team?
  • How did Jake meet Tobias?

What the Animorphs Know and Think About Each Other
  • What do you think Jake means when he says about his cousin Rachel: "[she] may look like Little Teen Miss Model or whatever, but she thinks she's Storm from the X-men"? (p.4)
  • Jake says that Tobias is "never scared of weird stuff. It's the normal stuff he can't stand" (p.10). What are some things that scare you?
  • What does Jake think of Tobias's family situation?
  • How does Jake respond to Tobias telling him that he is their leader?
holy crap that's a lot of questions. I will answer a few, but not all of them. lol.

I always thought Marco had the more sane reaction to the spaceship. Calling the army or the president or something would have made some sense and would probably be my reaction after "WTF DID SOMEONE SLIP ME SOME ACID?"

Morphing the lizard and eating that stupid spider always freaked me out. Thinking about it too much makes me gag, so I really don't blame Jake for having nightmares about it later.

I don't particularly think Visser Three is the most dangerous of the Yeerks, but that opinion was formed through the later books, so I can't really say much now.

Oh god, the spider. I hate spiders, so eating one would seriously freak me out so much. ESPECIALLY SINCE HE DESCRIBES IT...WRIGGLING...IN HIS MOUTH.../sob

He's most dangerous in terms of physical ability though - in a one on one fight, with no other factors? Yeaaaaaah you don't really want to face Visser Three.

It is sad ;_:
That's true. At this point Visser Three is so terrifying. Seeing him change like that and just destroy Elfangor? Jesus.
Oooh, yeah. And yet they still decided to market these for kids...