on June 29, 2014
Tobias' nothlit experience highlights the influence of animal instinct on morph, especially considering the need to feed as the morphed creature while trapped.
Why park him at Jake's house? Wouldn't that make them more likely to be found out by Tom? Even if Tobias can't go with Cassie's natural animals for some reason, couldn't he be somewhere else? It seems like a minor plot hole especially give this series' premise, but still...
How the others had extreme trouble demorphing a few minutes late was interesting information on morph technology.
I forgot the water ship plotline, so even though I'm rereading the series, that was new to me. Maybe I didn't read this particular book; it isn't in my old paperback collection, although I read some from library copies.
Did the Yeerks need water for ordinary use or fuel for Kandrona ray generation?
It was a nice twist how the mission kind of worked. These kids' plans are not all that bad, all things considered.
Tobias/Rachel is the only ship I've seen at all, since close moments between them in book #1. Now I started thinking of Tobias and another bird. That further highlighted the bird instinct issue, and the rescue mission was a great example of using morphing for reasons besides combating Yeerks.
Visser Three seems too harsh to subordinates, which seems like a common villain weakness.
on September 21, 2012
I loved the bird's eye view of this story portrayed by Tobias! This is a good read for people who are into psychological input in stories! Tobias has some very adult thought processes during this story and his emotions can be related to children who don't quite fit in around their peers like he does. The fact that he almost stays mentally as a hawk is a good twist too. Also, his relationship to another female hawk shows his close encounter with permenaetly becoming a wild hawk and forgetting his friends. The trajedy at the end of this book severs that problem of him having a hawk mentality. All in all, this book focused more on the easily overlooked Tobias and less on the enemy they have to face in this part of the tale.
on December 10, 2014
If you like fantasy and adventure then this is the book for you. But if you haven’t read book 1 and 2 and you want to read this series and you don’t want me to spoil the book, I recommend to stop reading this review, If you have though read on! In this part of the Animorphs adventure Tobias is stuck as a hawk and one day he see’s a shimmering shape in the air heading away from the mountain, so he tries to follow it but it’s too fast for him. Then he goes to the same place but longer in the day and he see’s it but it’s heading to the mountain this time.I like this book because it’s a cliffhanger. Another reason is that I like book’s where something bad happens and you don’t know how to fix it .
My kids (son, age 7, and daughter, age 9) really enjoy the Animorph series. We are reading them in order. Each of the books (so far, at least) is told in the first person by one of the Animorphs (a group of three teenage boys and two teenage girls).
This story is particularly poignant because it is the tale of Tobias, an Animorph boy who stayed in his hawk morph too long and is now trapped -- possibly forever -- in the hawk body. Through this tale, we learn about Tobias's struggles to adapt to his circumstances; we see him incorporate more and more of the hawk's characteristics into his own persona -- even as he remains, in some sense, human. (This is the part of the story that will likely appeal most to adult readers.)
Aside from Tobias's struggle, the book also covers a discrete alien-invasion issue that will require the Animorphs to work as a team, take on a new morph (fish!), and face truly terrifying situations. These books are fun even for my timid 9-year-old who does not like anything scary. They are fun because it is obvious that, though the challenges seem insurmountable, the Animorphs will survive them.
The stories do build on each other. We are now reading #6, and there have been developments since #3 that are being continued in #6. That being said, each story does stand alone, in terms of the immediate "crisis" that the Animorphs face. At the end of each book, the immediate problem is solved, but the bigger problem of the alien invasion continues to require the Animorphs' attention.
This series has realistic young teenagers (I am guessing 14-year-olds), who are good kids. There is no profanity, kissing, alcohol, or drug references; the worst thing that these kids might do is skip class in order to save the world. The Animorphs exhibit good character in the face of adversity, including concern for others and bravery.
We recommend the series (and this book) whole-heartedly!
(This review has been approved by Mary, my daughter!)
on June 1, 2012
After giving The Animorphs #2 (The Visitor) a poor review, I'm glad to say that I enjoyed the third book-The Encounter. Applegate writes The Encounter with Tobias as the narrator-the sensitive young boy who is stuck in the morph of a Red Tail Hawk. About half of the book describes Tobias' psychological battle between his Hawk self and the fading memory that he is human. I found this examination extremely interesting. The other half of the book deals with riveting action. Applegate blends the two halves deftly, moving back and forth between the action and Tobias' torment so that I was never bored. I recommend The Encounter for tweens (ages 9-12) or for adults to enjoy tween books. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
on April 17, 2012
This was one of the greatest books that I have ever read. It was full of a lot of action and had its own twists to the series (Animorhps). Before I started to read this series, my favorite series was the City of Ember. It had little action, but i loved it. But, when I started to read this series, I fell deeply in love with this series. It is full of action and adventure. In a future animorph book called The Capture, I wanted to scream and cry because a part in that book. I will just tell you this, one of the main characters of the story gets to be a controller. Now you know why I wanted to scream and cry. I want to get revenge on those yeerks so bad because of what they did and are doing. Over all, I really loved this book and encourage you to read it to.