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Animorphs Set
Katherine Applegate
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Animorphs Set (Animorphs #1-54)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  2,477 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Animorphs "RM" is an exciting series for young adult readers about five teens who are given the power to "morph" into any animal they touch and then to absorb its DNA. This power is granted them by a dying Andalite alien named Elfangor, who also warns the teens that Earth is being threatened secretly by a group of aliens called Yeerks. This high-interest series is currentl ...more
Library Binding, Large Print
Published by Gareth Stevens Publishing (first published 1997)
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Latonya Frank
Jun 08, 2013 Latonya Frank rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, comic book fans, children and adults
(Spoiler-free review)

In my life, there have only ever been two book series where I spent my time impatiently awaiting the release of the next installation. This was one of them. I grew up being absolutely obsessed with this series. I was there right from the beginning along with several of my friends. Whenever a new book came out, we were there that day to buy it and we usually devoured it in one or two sittings and then spend the next month talking about it, all the way up until the release of
It's easy to look at the premise of this book--pre/teens transform into animals to fight alien invaders--and scoff, or write it off as juvenile nonsense. However, in doing so you'd be dismissing what is actually a very deep and rewarding series of books, a series that has the utmost respect for its audience.

Firstly, there's the aliens. Far from generic bug-eyed monster, each race has a distinct ethos and biology, with their own culture, traditions, life cycles, idiosyncrasies, and prejudices, ex
(I apologize in advance for the enormous length of this review. Feel free to skim it.)

This series is a class on how to write for kids.

Alright, not the entire thing. Nobody who's read the entire series will deny that it has its ups and downs. The ghostwriters made the quality much more polarizing, it has more plotholes than I've ever seen in one place, and the overarching plot dragged at times. But in the end, it doesn't matter. Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant have, despite writing entirely
I don't know how to express how much this book series changed my life. It's almost impossible to describe. When I first started reading avidly, around age six, I just couldn't really get into a book series. I'd read a book, but I wouldn't think about it again afterward. Then I found Animorphs. And I fell in love. I read, and I read, and then I'd read the books over again. I became obsessed with the lives of the characters, and determined to find out how their stories would end. Over the course o ...more
the scarecrow
I read all of these on PDF files I stole from the internet, since a 54-book series is expensive to buy in one sitting and impossible to find in completion at my local libraries. Believe me, I tried. It took me about three days to finish the lot, mostly because they're easy to read, but also because for 90% of the books the first few chapters are a generic introduction to the series. Why Applegate felt the need to do this is beyond me. When you read the books one after the other it just comes off ...more
Rachelann Geniel
May 17, 2015 Rachelann Geniel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
I remember reading a lot of these as a kid. I can't believe there's 54 books. -.-'

A book I first saw when I was in elementary school in the Scholastic catalog. Incidentally, do those still exist? Anyway, I had read maybe the first 5 books, after which I read some random ones in the series. It wasn't until last year that I realized I had never finished the series nor bothered to even find out if it had an actual ending. So I set off to the library like any good bookworm and borrowed the books 10 at a time.

It's a series I think most people
Jacob Gowans
I started reading this series back when I was in junior high. It finished when I was a freshman in college. This series is outstanding. I doubt many people allowed themselves to really get into a series that lasts almost 60 books, but the entire thing is phenomenal. It's a must read for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of what kids go through while fighting a war. KA Applegate didn't allow herself to compromise the truth for happy endings. These kids are fighting an overwhelming enemy, the Yeer ...more
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Okay, these books made my childhood! Too bad they had the worse ending of a series EVER! It was the first book I cried over, and I cried for days (give me a break, I was 11!). It didn't help that I was at camp in a cabin of non-readers, trying to explain why I was crying. Besides the end (which come on, did ANYONE like?) the series was one of the best for that age group. I have the urge to go back and read them all again now...
despite how long this series ran and how many books fit into its canon, there's not many people i know who picked these up as kids like i did, and most scoff at the premise now. it's easy to, what with the silly covers and the plot revolving around teenagers who can turn into animals to fight off an alien invasion. what is overlooked, however, are the mature and at times very dark themes that run throughout the series - PTSD, depression, torture, dehumanization, moral ambiguity, death, loss of i ...more
Rather than rate each Animorphs book individually, I just gave the entire series 5 stars. First of all, these books aren't directly targeted for a mature adult; they are mostly written for kids. Actually, they are perfect for preteens, these books got me into reading in the first place. Not saying an adult can't enjoy them, I started reading them when I was about 9 or 10 and finally read the last one when I was 22, because they most certainly can. The books start off where every good preteen sci ...more
Duc Hoang
Mar 04, 2015 Duc Hoang rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Duc by: An-bạn-lớp-Năm
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
Một thời mê mẩn với bộ này, hồi Animorphs mới xuất bản ở Việt Nam, mình còn nhớ đó là năm mình học lớp Năm. Cùng thời gian đó, Trẻ cũng xuất bản Harry Potter theo kiểu từng cuốn nhỏ nhỏ bỏ túi chớ không được nguyên tập như bây giờ, thành ra một tập gốc thành hai tập nhỏ, về sau họ mới in hẳn nguyên một tập. Mình hỏi một đứa bạn cùng lớp cũng đọc bộ này, học giỏi nhất nhì và mình cũng khá ngưỡng mộ (mình còn nhớ nó tên An, học sinh cưng của cô chủ nhiệm và cả năm chỉ bị khiển trách đúng một lần t ...more
Horcrucx Apollo
This book...has a great impact on my life.
I've started reading this since 4th grade, and I couldn't stop. I downloaded all 54 of them from the internet, because no way my mom would buy me all those books. These books are part of my life now.

Jake, Cassie, Marco, Rachel and Tobias. And Ax, of course. The Andalite. I read about them and lived with them and watched them and I cried with them. What started out as a simple alien story became much, much more.

It starts with the five of them going throu
I must say this is the best series ever! Good science fiction. Every fact, when added together, forms a very lifelike fake branch of science. Interesting plot, interesting characters, this site will require a sixth star to rate accuratly.

The following is a spoiler free intro as I would word it:

Five normal kids take a shortcut through a construction site. before they leave, they unexpectedly become responsible for the fate of the entire earth. An andalite lands in front of them, and warns them o
Jordan Schnaidt
It's that same old story. Aliens invade Earth and this group of kids are the only ones who can stop them, right?

Okay, sure, but the coolest thing about the Animorphs was the power of morphing. Not only did it empower them to become any animal via a simple touch, but they got a firsthand peek into the minds of other creatures, and by extension, so did the readers. As educational as it was exciting, Animorphs is really a book series that many ages can enjoy.

The writing can have its ups and downs
Ah, Animorphs. You completed my childhood. How could I not love the combination of fighting aliens and turning into animals?

Honestly, it was like this series was created just to appeal to the childhood me. My love of it is therefore a combination of that and the nostalgic value it provides me.

Of course, I never did read the last few books...well, there's next summer's project
Kyle Gould
I started reading the Animorphs when my manager at Coles put me in charge of the Kid's book section. I wanted a better understanding of some of the materials in there, and given that was 18 years old it had been a long time since I'd looked at a "kid's book." I picked up the first three books and that was the end of that. 54 books later, multiple spin-offs, a tv show and I was hooked.

While I didn't enjoy the viewpoints of certain characters (I never felt Applegate was able to really create a gre
Frankly, of all the YA sci-fi I read when I belonged to that demographic, I think that Animorphs was the one that held me the most. The depth in the books grew with each entry in the series, and as things went on, you began to realize that K.A. Applegate was teaching us a very important lesson - you can never go back. Whatever you want to use the Yeerks as a metaphor for (sex, rape, alien invaders from another world), once you learn about them, you can never go back. You'll never look at another ...more
Laura Barton
Even though I never ended up finishing the series, to this day, it is one of my favourites from when I was younger. I loved the idea of being able to turn into animals and often wished I could do just that myself. I remember being fascinated when they each changed into an animal to do whatever it is they had to do and was always anxious about whether they would change back in time or be stuck as the animal forever, as one character unfortunately does (or at least as far as I got in the series). ...more
Joy Everafter
Best action scenes I have ever read. Crowd scenes with five heroes, any number of villains, and innocent bystanders, described dramatically with searing images and ultimate tension. We always know what is happening, what people are trying to do, how they are feeling and what is going wrong.

Also I learned to think about animals differently.

Reading these books, we examine our own humanity. We watch heroes selflessly sacrifice themselves for others. These stories make us better people.

Don't forget
NGC 5128
This was, like, 1/10th of my childhood.

That may not seem like much now in 2014, but back then, it was a huge chunk of MY WORLD.

Granted, if I read it now I might have trouble getting through the simplistic language… (Disclaimer: simplistic language itself isn't bad--but simplistic language as usually used in MG and YA books can grate on my nerves and seriously get in the way of enjoying the story)

But you cannot deny the heavy themes (I think Animorphs addresses its themes much better than some
I don't even know what I can say about these books. They were my first fandom that snatched hold of me and really stirred up a passion for reading MORE MORE MORE and made me read and write fanfiction, that whole thing. I will always have a soft spot for them. A couple years ago I finally tracked them all down and gave the series a re-read and cried, again.

It was the excitement and adventures and it was the character development, and the knowledge/learning about animals and how they really work,
Andrew Ball
If you grew up in the 90s-00s and didn't read the Animorphs, you missed out!
One of the most influential book series in my life.
I've read literally this entire series from nine to thirteen and own the entire thing as well. Overall, I enjoyed it, though its simplistic at time and I didn't enjoy the ending. The 'David' miniseries I disliked, I didn't like the last four books and I didn't like the way the ending was handled. After the kids are discovered to be human the enjoyment in the series went down for me, as it did when I got older and began to see the repetitive formula. It could have been cut in half and been equall ...more
I started reading these books for the first time at age 23, and I loved them! I don’t know why I decided to read them – I remember seeing the covers in my elementary school classrooms but never wanting to give them a shot (they were considered “boy books”) – but something like nostalgia made me want to see what I missed out on all those years ago. And I’m really glad I did!

I’ll skip the summary, since you can get the general idea from anywhere and move on to my opinion of the series. Yes, these
When I was growing up, every month I would wait impatiently for the new Animorphs to be released. Then I would bother my mom until she took me to the bookstore and beg her to get me the new Animorphs book. I'd get home, read it in one night, then go back to pining for the next one.

Am I reviewing this series with nostalgia? Absolutely. But the fact is Animorphs taught me more about life than anything else ever has. Love, loss, friendship, responsibility, death, war, family, abuse, self-image, sel
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Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many p ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Animorphs (1 - 10 of 54 books)
  • The Invasion (Animorphs, #1)
  • The Visitor (Animorphs, #2)
  • The Encounter (Animorphs, #3)
  • The Message (Animorphs, #4)
  • The Predator (Animorphs, #5)
  • The Capture (Animorphs, #6)
  • The Stranger (Animorphs, #7)
  • The Alien (Animorphs, #8)
  • The Secret (Animorphs, #9)
  • The Android (Animorphs, #10)
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