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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 1999
In this book, Jake, Cassie, and Marco all morph into T-Rex dinosaurs, which is, of course, the coolest! Rachel and Tobias get eaten by a Kronosauraus, but before they suffocate inside its stomach, Rachel morphs into a grizzly bear and rips open a hole to escape out of. Is this weird or what?! This book was suspenseful and I think you should read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2000
K.A. Applegate is a wonderful writer, but, you've got to admit, she's written a few Animorphs "duds." This is definitely NOT one of them. It's suspenseful, funny, and all-together wonderful. If you are an Animorphs fan, it's a must-read. If you're not an Animorphs fan, check it out and I guarantee you will become an Animorphs fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2000
I read the animorph series and I think it's the best book ever. I would say to people who haven't read it to do so. In this book the animorphs enter into the past through a sario rip. I don't wish to spoil the ending to those who haven't read it soI'll just tell you, it's a great book to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2000
OK, this is one of my favorite Animorphs. I never can deside what my very best is, but this one is seriously cool! The Animorphs are sent back to the time of dinosaurs when a nuke. sub explodes and causes a Sario rip. K.A. has obviously done a lot of reserch for this book, it has a nice range of dinos from the cretaceous period. Tobias and Rachel are separated when a Kronosaurus tries to eat them (thats a type of swimming dinosaur) but they meet up later on an alien force-feild. Yes, it turns out that in the time of dinosaurs, two groups of aliens, the bad guys, the ant-Nesk and the nicer Mercoras, are fighting for the posession of earth. But the Animorphs arn't here to fight, they need a nuke to reverse the Sario Rip and they need to steal it from the Nesk. It ends up the Animorphs join the Mercora and morph dinos to get into the Nesk camp. They get the nuke and destroy the camp on the way out, at the expense of a ship full of Mercora. It is very sad at the end, when the Animorphs (or mre correctly, Tobias) must deside, let the Mercora die or change the future. They get home in the end. Anyway, gotta go more reveiws soon. Bye
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 1998
The best part i liked about this book was the fact that everybody's in it. And the chapters are from different points of views. I haven't much to say that will not ruin it, but if you must know, the animorphs go back in time and acquire new morphs, and also meet two races, one benevolent and one malevolent. But I also recommend all animorphs(especially the Andalite Chronicles. It explains how Tobias is the son of Elfangor, and how Visser 3 came to be, and how Elfangor became a warrior prince.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2003
megamorphs
the book i read was the animorphs: megamoarphs in the time of the
dinosaurs. the book starts out with Marco on of the five animorphs
talking about a nuclear sub that sank in the ocean. so he talks to his
friends and they go to the sunken sub and boom it happens if you
want to find out what happened read the book . but they wake up
and there in the time of the dinosaurs and all of their morphs are to
weak for them to use in that world so they have to get new morphs
but how. when they wake up tobias and Rachel were eaten by a
dinosaur and the rest of them are being chased by another dino.
they reach land and demorph and they relies that this is real and
that they might not go home. But they knew that tobias and weren�t
going no matter what because they were eaten as you now know.
Now the remaining animorphs decide that they need to get a fire
going to survive and keep other animals away. but what they dont
know is that tobias and rachel are still alive and are trying to get out
of the dinosaurs stomach. And back at camp a t-rex shows up and
they run they thought that the fire would keep the dinosaurs away .
to find out what happens in the rest of the book you�ll have to read
the book but on my opinion the book was one of the best i�ve ever
read on a scale of one to ten it was definetly a nine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2000
THIS IS THE BEST MEGAMORPHS IF NOT THE BEST IN THE SERIES!FIRST A BIG HONKIN' EXPLOSION,THEN MORE ALIENS, THEN LEARNING BROCCLI WAS NOT FROM EARTH! THIS IS THE BES BOOK I'VE READ SO FAR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2002
I think this book is just amazing. I mean, come on, how can anybody not like aliens which actually highly intelligent ants! In the time of the dinosuars. You've got to be a fool not to read this book. My favourite part of it is when Tobias works out that they can't blast away the meteor and alter the future, that could make a big mess - dino's charging around - elephant versus triceratops - no challenge. You've got to have big brains to use explosions to travel through time.
The animorphs books are all amazing and I think K.A. Applegate is one heck of a writer.
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on September 18, 2014
I particularly loved or at least remembered the dino book from when I first read the series as a kid, so I wondered how I would react to it now. It had its moments, including various bits that are a great assessment of the characters' personalities. However, the story had various plot holes. It was the first one I had any trouble getting through.

It's good that the navy diver happened to be female. In general, characters that don't have to be any particular gender are often male by default. (similar with race, sexuality, et cetera)

Why didn't they think about a Sario Rip quicker? They already encountered it, although under different circumstances, in #11 The Forgotten.

I thought morphing fixed nongenetic injuries, so that seems like another plot hole, but maybe that's Tobias being a weird case.

Tobias as a dino nerd seems like a reasonable plot device - useful information in character, an exposition mechanism, and a way to riff on the series' animal info theme. It was funny how that was compared to Rachel knowing about clothing designers. Also, Marco's line about a quarter tonner was classic.

I still love Ax POV, as I have with his whole books. However, the switching between POV's seems more disjointed than it usually does, whether with Animorphs in particular or in general. The science nerd in me appreciated how he said something about this planet's hours and minutes - those terms can be thought of as 1/24 and 1/1440 of whatever the planet's day is rather than a fixed amount of time based on modern day Earth measurements. I wonder how that would affect the morph time limit, but that never came up.

Why didn't they think of acquiring dino morphs? Using their Earth morphs to bust out of dinos trying to eat them got stale after a little while. When Tobias finally has that realization, it comes suddenly, without any leadup. Also, controlling the morph's instincts was particularly difficult with the dino's - were they especially different?

Rachel's food themed analogies for their situation were hilarious.

The story seemed to get better when it returned to the Nesk plotline. The creature being composed of many smaller creatures instantly reminded me of the Veleek.

The book had a good action ending that felt similar to other successes in the series. Not saving the Mercora felt like pretty standard time travel ethics, not interfering with the past. As such, it didn't feel like one of Cassie's odd moral objections. Voting yes on something with intent to sabotage it reminded me of Mockingjay (the third and last Hunger Games book).

As for the last paragraph: It seems like K.A. Applegate remembered to reference only Cretaceous dinosaurs but didn't think of when during the Cretaceous they existed, and then decided to address the mistake in-character. I thought that was a nice touch instead of ignoring it or rewriting to fix it. (I'm not enough of a dino nerd to notice anyway)
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on August 6, 2014
Umm, why didn't they ever explain why a morph no longer healed the kids of their battle scars? Inconsistencies bother me. So this is my least favorite Megamorph.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

It's a bit ridiculous to imagine that a nuclear bomb could have gone off right next to a populated area and this doesn't appear to have any repercussions, nor is it brought up in the series again that an event which would be heralded as a catastrophe happened right there in the water. (Being that this is science fiction and sometimes very silly with its scientific justifications, perhaps we can just ignore that nuclear bombs don't rip through the time/space continuum to send people back in time, but that's ridiculous too. The very few nuclear explosions we've endured on this planet did not cause time travel. The sub's crew and rescue team also inexplicably did not come with the Animorphs to the past. It's unclear why the Sario Rip "picked" them to go through it.)

There's no reason their morphing abilities shouldn't work as they always did to heal wounds, but in this book, morphing doesn't heal them. This is never explained, and seems inconsistent because this is the second time they've experienced time travel by Sario Rip and during the first time they had no such problem.

It's interesting that Cassie immediately jumped into survivalist mode after she thought Rachel and Tobias were dead. She said some things that shocked Jake and Marco (such as suggesting they do various things with the dead body of a Tyrannosaurus to serve as clothes, shoes, and meat). It's never been said anywhere else in the story that Cassie has survivalist training--just animal-related medical training--but it makes sense that if she knows how to heal animals, she might know how to butcher them.

A new kind of creature is introduced in this book: An alien creature called the Nesk. It's made up of millions of ants.

There's a point when Jake overhears the thought-speak of Tobias when he is calling to Rachel. It seems odd that Tobias would randomly be using public thought-speak if he didn't think any other sentient creatures were around. That's not explained; it seems usually when they're talking just to each other they use specific, private thought-speak.

Another race called the Mercora emerges in this book--a race that has seven legs and is highly asymmetrical and slightly crab-like. In describing them, Ax also mentions a race called the Korla that the Andalites know about, and they've never been mentioned before.

It's revealed in this book that broccoli is not indigenous to Earth. It was brought to the planet by the alien Mercora race.

Toward the end of the book, the entire group morphs into birds and starts flying away, but there's a bit when Ax is said to have been keeping watch on something with his stalk eyes. He shouldn't be able to have stalk eyes while in a bird morph while they're all flying away. Seems this is a continuity glitch.

During the last time a Sario Rip happened, it makes sense that the morphs they acquired disappeared because that whole timeline was made to not exist based on Jake changing his mind about a choice they made. But in this book, the morphs getting erased doesn't really make sense because they did not undo anything they did and presumably they actually did have a lasting effect on reality. They should really be able to morph dinosaurs.

It's unclear because of time paradoxes whether the Animorphs actually changed history or were always there/had always been part of it somehow. Their influence was what inspired the Nesk to aim a comet that wasn't going to hit Earth straight at the Mercora settlement. If that comet was the only one that hit Earth during that time and it wasn't actually supposed to, then the Animorphs influenced history before they were born.

There's a note from Tobias at the end that seems tacked on, saying that even though Spinosaurus is said to have been extinct by the time the Cretaceous period was ending, Tobias wants you to believe otherwise because he was there (and almost got eaten by one). This seems like a case of patchwork editing pointed out late in the game rather than an intentional afterword by Tobias; seems more like a fact-checker caught the error and the editors decided to change it by making an excuse instead of making it match the known fossil record. This is the only factual error the book attempts to acknowledge but excuse, even though there are dozens of others--such as the water dinosaurs not really being dinosaurs and which ones were actually around during that time.
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