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The Hidden (Animorphs (Gareth Stevens Library)) Library Binding – Large Print, July, 2002

3.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 39 of 53 in the Animorphs Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Animorphs (Gareth Stevens Library) (Book 39)
  • Library Binding: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836827724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836827729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a hardcore Animorphs fan, it pains me to give any book in this series such a low score. Yet I cannot deny the plain and ugly truth: The Hidden is one of the five worst books in the series, perhaps even in the top three. The plot is utterly nonsensical, memorably summed up by the fan blog Cinnamon Bunzuh as simply "Herp derp derp" and the hook, that a random buffalo randomly acquires the morphing power, flies completely in the face of earlier canon establishing that simply touching the box is not sufficient to activate it. The character of Cassie got some real stinkers as far as her books went, and this one is the worst. Get it only if you're a fan of the series, read it once if you truly must, but then stick it on the shelf and try to pretend it doesn't exist. You'll feel better.
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The Hidden is a really good book! All real Animorphs fans will love it. K.A. Applegate really has a way of not letting people get tired of her series, Animorphs. I think Animorphs is a lot better than Everworld. Sorry, but Everworld is getting really kind of boring. It's not the greatest series in the world.
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I love the Animorphs. So writing a negative review isn't easy, but this book is absurd.

For starters the Yeerks managed to repair a Helmacron Ship? The Helmacrons are literally smaller than Ants. Their ships are only 3 to 4 inches long. Readers are supposed to believe the Yeerks could work with the circuits for a ship that size - Yeah Right.

Next is the how the Blue Box is shown. First a Buffalo gained morphing power and then later an Ant. When David first found the Box, he didn't gain morphing. Simply touching the box wasn't enough, the Box had to be activated. Even if the Box had somehow been activated by accident, are readers supposed to believe Ax wouldn't have shut the Box off after the Buffalo gained Morphing Power?

Finally the mechanics of Morphing Power make this story impossible.

To acquire DNA for a morph requires concentration. The Animorphs all touched other people without acquiring their DNA. Cassie has handled countless animals since she gained morphing power, and she never acquired any without intention. Yet both the Buffalo and the Ant acquired human DNA by simple contact, without even realizing what they'd done. Beyond that the Buffalo acquired Andalite DNA.

Morphing requires concentration. Human or Andalite, one must commit one's mind and body to the change. The Animorphs eventually reached the point where they could morph even when nearly unconscious, because they'd morphed countless times - they'd reached the point where Morphing was second nature.

Even if none-sentient species could have acquired morphs, are readers supposed to believe they could use them? The audience is supposed to believe the Buffalo could morph human form, simply because he'd seen Cassie morph?
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The intro was mostly rehashed exposition, even more than usual. However, I liked the explanation for minimizing personal morphing - she *likes* Jake and it makes sense.

I'm not happy about seeing the Helmacrons again either. However, that turned out alright, since it was just technology used by the main villains. How the hell are they going to get away with this?

It's clear Cassie jumped on the chance to go to The Gardens with her mom. Was the idea to outrun Yeerk pursuers? Heh, Michelle is the opposite of Marco and Eva's driving.

The buffalo rampage, and to some extent the chase that followed, was good old fashioned over the top action.

The buffa-human was an interesting spin on morph technology, but it was used as yet another form of Cassie's over the top ethical hesitation. Sheesh.

The ending seemed pretty abrupt.
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The price is just UNBEATABLE. A strange little quirk on the cover: the die-cut went into the type on the other side. But I actually kind of like having that. It feels special. Everything else is as described. I will buy more.
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Tiny virus-sized aliens ATTACK! Their megalomaniacal nature is amusing, but it kinda gets tiresome after a while.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

This book is ghostwritten by Laura Battyanyi-Weiss. Her name's misspelled in the credits page.

It makes no sense that an animal like a buffalo could "accidentally" morph since it's been said many times that both acquiring and morphing take concentration and intent. How could a buffalo do it randomly?
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People often dislike books that focus on ethics rather than action; I usually beg to differ. The Hidden, however, was one of those books that has a lot of action and some plot holes to go with it. I think the writer should have put more effort into this book. It seemed very rushed. I disagreed with the morality issue because logically, it's incorrect. I still recommend this book because it makes you think, and come to your own conclusion about sentience. The ending was interesting, although slightly unrealistic, and it was a fairly decent book. I definitely recommend all Cassie books because her qualms are, at the very least, nearly on-target. The ethical questions are my favorite part of this series.
Also recommended: #7, #19, #23, #26, #33, #41, #43, #48, #49
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