Friday, October 7, 2011

The Threat (K. A. Applegate)

The Threat
(The Animorphs series, Book 21)
K. A. Applegate
Fiction, YA Sci-Fi
***** (Great)

NOTE: In honor of the recent re-release of the series, I'm finally posting individual reviews of the Animorphs books.

DESCRIPTION: Six have become seven. Adding David to the team, giving him the ability to morph, was as much an act of desperation as a leap of faith. With the Yeerks threatening to infest the heads of six major world nations at a nearby international summit, they need all the help they can get... and, with his parents taken and Visser Three hunting him down for the blue Andalite box, David had nowhere else to go. If only Jake could be sure it was the right thing to do...
David may be an Animorph now, but he's still an enigma. A not entirely welcome enigma, either. He second-guesses orders, acts on his own, and even uses morphs to break the law when left to his own devices. Jake even gets the uneasy feeling that David thinks he ought to be the new leader of the team. Maybe it's just the impossible stress he's been under. Maybe it's just a phase. Maybe it's Jake's imagination. Or maybe David will be the greatest mistake the Animorphs have ever made...

REVIEW: Jake takes up the tale of David in the middle book of the trilogy, as the newest Animorph shows his ugly true colors. His job as leader of the team has never been easy, but dealing with a traitor in their ranks - a traitor who wouldn't even be among them had he not been willing to give David a chance - twists in his gut like no decision he has made to date. And, of course, their goal of stopping the Yeerks from infesting major world leaders only gets harder by the minute. It all sets up a humdinger of a finale in Book 22.

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