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The Attack (Animorphs #26) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B074PX3PN1
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc. (July 25, 2017)
- Publication date : July 25, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 6359 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 165 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0590762591
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,923 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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26 was awesome. The Animorphs (fighting for the Ellimist) have to fight the Howlers (who are on Crayak's side). In a completely unfamiliar environment. Without understanding of their motivation. Gosh, like they don't already have enough to worry about.
Notable moments and inconsistencies:
This book opens with a prologue--not the usual fare for Animorphs--and makes reference to the events of a previous book, when Jake was infested with a Yeerk. He remembers that after the Yeerk died, he saw a vision of a creature with a red eye that could see him. Way back when that happened, readers had no context to understand who/what was looking at him, but in this book we finally get to find out what that was all about.
The Iskoort race is introduced in this book. They communicate through thought-speak like the Andalites, but have a honking/wheezing ability for vocalizing, which comes from their stomachs. They are very pushy, like alien salespeople, wanting to sell or receive services without a care for whether the targeted party is interested.
Not that it's impossible, of course, but it's odd that of all the people to lose balance and be knocked off a platform, it'd be Rachel, who's a gymnast and has experience balancing on various gymnastic equipment.
The Howlers are introduced part-way through the book; though they've been mentioned before as the executioners of the Pemalite race, they've never been described until this book. The narration describes them as being on the large side of man-sized, formed out of a black lava-looking substance with red cracks, having blue eyes, and having a rotating mid-section and human-like hands with a set of wrist claws above them. They regenerate limbs and have a powerful howl that can paralyze victims. They also carry a lot of weapons, and--unbeknownst to most--have an extremely carefree, happy disposition, not entirely unlike the Pemalites. Making war is a game to them, and they're all children.
Cassie is unusually cynical and pessimistic in this book, though she's still very caring and empathetic. Jake's narration comments on how unusual this is several times.
This is also the book in which Jake and Cassie have their first kiss. Rachel's response is, "It's about time."
A thought-speak tag failed to close during a conversation shortly after Jake morphed a Howler.
The other races that the Howlers had destroyed up to that point besides the Pemalites were called Graffen's Children, Mashtimee, Pon, and Nostnavay. They will also be attacking the Sharf Den in the future.
The Howlers and the Iskort are intriguing species.
The Iskoort are actually 2 species Isk and Yoort. Yoort are a species that live on kandrona rays, just like the Yeerks. Once they were a conquering parasitic people same as the Yeerks, however they found a more long term solution than conquest. The Isk are an engineered species, and the Yoort modified their own bodies also. The Yort could not live in any species but Isk after that, and the Isk could not live without the Yoort either. The Parasites turned themselves into symbiots, chose their own evolution.
The Howlers were even more intriguing. They had destroyed countless species. They had been engineered to be killing machines. Soldiers created to do nothing but destroy and kill. They carried an entire arsenal, and had senses beyond anything found on Earth. They also had a collective memory. The experiences of one were shared by the entire species.
The Howlers seemed like the Ultimate Predator, or pure evil. Then when Jake morphed one, and experienced the collective mind, it was revealed how inaccurate that assessment was. Their creator had been more subtle, and devious than that. The Howlers only had a life span of a few years, and were kept in a completely innocent, child like, state. They didn't understand what they were doing. All the slaughtering and destruction was no more real to them, than a video game is to a human child. They had no idea of the pain and damage they were causing.
The animorphs had to save the Iskoort, because there was a chance that eventually the Yoort and Yeerks would meet. That their mortal enemies would eventually find a better way. They defeated the Howlers by showing them the truth, made them understand what they were doing.
This book differs from the others in the series in the respect that the Animorphs must devise a tactical solution to win. Brute force, the old standby, is ruled out almost immediately. Jake demonstrates his abilities as a competent leader and astute thinker in this book, further establishing his tremendous character growth. The Crayak has some sort of predisposed grudge against him (Jake's solution at the end of the book does not endear him to the Crayak either). He faces imminent danger in a strange world, where a wrong command means death. He has to handle Ax's own crisis, while also doing his best to use Erek's unique abilities and handicaps. All these elements, and Jake's ability to pull through, make for a great book. Besides the fact that Jake and Cassie finally get a kiss! About time!
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