The Invasion – Animorphs #1

March 11, 2015

Animorphs is an English science fiction series that ran from 1996  to 2001 and was published by Scholastic Publishing.

The basic idea was 5 kids who received the power to morph into any animal they touched. This power was given to them by an alien who crash-landed on Earth and then died. He told them of a coming invasion of Earth and they would need the morph power to fight back.

The story revolves around five humans, Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, and Tobias, and one alien, Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill (nicknamed Ax), who obtain the ability to morph into any animal they touch. Naming themselves “Animorphs” (a portmanteau of “animal morphers”) they use their ability to battle a secret alien infiltration of Earth by a race called the Yeerks. The Yeerks are a parasitic race of aliens resembling large slugs that take humans as a host by entering and merging with their brain through the ear canal. The Animorphs fight as a guerilla force against the Yeerks, led by Visser Three, and their program to take over the human race. Morphing into animals allows them to battle the various armies of aliens that the Yeerks use, but it also protects their identities. As far as the Yeerks know, only Andalites like Ax have the ability to morph, and if they knew that the Animorphs were mostly human they would be able to easily find out who they are. Protecting their identities becomes more and more difficult as the series goes on because though someone with the ability to morph can change into any animal that they touch, they can only stay in a morph for two hours or they will permanently become that animal. Throughout the series, we see how the war affects the characters in different ways, mentally and physically.

The Invasion is part 1 of the series. We get to meet the characters and learn how they receive their powers. The stories are short, fast and easy to read. Obviously aimed at young people, but funny to read for adults as well. Just don’t expect to much…. The official site for the books can be found here.

Based on this series there actually was a tv serie that ran from 1998 to 2000 and has 26 episodes. The series was loosely based on the books and was a small succes in the United States.

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