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Der Parasit (Animorphs #29)

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Alle Animorphs bis auf Cassie sind von einem schrecklichen Virus befallen. Ax kann nur durch eine Operation gerettet werden. Ausgerechnet jetzt bittet eine Gruppe von Yirks die Animorphs um Hilfe gegen den grausamen Visser Drei. Cassie muss im Alleingang den Weg in die Höhle des Löwen antreten. Zu einem Yirk gemorpht, gelingt ihr die Rettung. Zurück bei den Animorphs wagt ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Ravensburger (first published May 1999)
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Weathervane
My my my.

Cassie books can be the best in the series, if they're allowed to be. Of all the Animorphs, Cassie is the one most conflicted by the fight against the Yeerks. She is not simply a whiny moralist, as many readers (and Marco) like to suggest. Yes, she can be annoying; yes, sometimes her actions are wrong, even though they are always guided by the best of intentions. But Cassie is the one Animorph who possesses not just human empathy, but interspecies empathy -- that warmth and tenderness t
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Cassie and the Animorphs find out that their Yeerk ally Aftran has been captured and is going to be interrogated by Visser Three in a few days about the Yeerk peace movement. They decide to infiltrate the Yeerk pool and rescue her. Meanwhile, Ax falls ill with a deadly Andalite infection called yamphut, and it infects the other Animorphs as well. Cassie is left to infiltrate the Yeerk pool and rescue Aftran all by herself, and by the way also needs to perf
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Alan Gilfoy
"Great character dynamics and action"

This book represented Cassie's personality very well.

I'm used to Rachel musing about her violent nature; Cassie wondering how peaceful she really is was an interesting analogue to that.

Cassie's sympathy for Yeerk sensory deprivation added something to the usual intro. Ax relishing the sensation of human morph was an interesting analogy that I'm glad Cassie brought up. I figured it was foreshadowing of Yeerks morphing.

The dance was comic relief. The main relat
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Aurora Dimitre
I'll admit it - I didn't read all of the Animorphs books as a kid.

I bought a few at thrift stores, random ones - I know I had a few of the Megamorphs books - and I checked the first three or four books out from the library. After that, I just picked the Marco ones out of the long list of books, because Marco was the bomb, man. So, reading this? It was kind of a first-time read. And... uh, I didn't know a lot of what had happened, because even though there are recaps, (view spoiler)
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Julie
Ghostwriter: Melinda Metz.

Oh goshhhh what a great string of books -- I ploughed through several of them in a day, so I'll hopefully keep them straight. This one picks up after #19 The Departure, continuing Aftran's storyline and expanding the world with the revelation that, thanks to Cassie's earlier actions, there's now an expanding Yeerk peace movement within the ranks of the empire. As often happens, a two-fold problem emerges: Ax is incapacitated by a mysterious sickness that is going to lea
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Julie Decker
Ax comes down with a terrible sickness, and since unlike humans he can't throw up, he ends up with a fatal swelling of one of his glands. While they wait for Ax to get to a certain body temperature so they can do brain surgery on him and save his life, they also get word that Aftran, the Yeerk Cassie formed an alliance with, has been found to be the founder of a Yeerk peace movement. Delivering this news is Illim, a Yeerk who lives in one of their teachers, and he is also part of the peace movem ...more
Jen
An intense choice, to push Cassie out all on her own. I like seeing the group start to fracture a bit simply because it's realistic. There can't always be a unified front, so when Ax falls to an illness and takes most of the group with him I believe the stress and uncertainty Cassie has. Her ingenuity shines here and I love love love the way the group solved the problem with Aftran. Brilliantly done, guys.

I also really liked that Erek is becoming a bit of a series regular and that more Controlle
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Almira
Cassie's.

So badass. If I'm a guy or lesbian or any gender who likes girls, Cassie's definitely going to be my type of girl. Haha. You think she's so weak but do something stupid and Cassie'll be there to - gods I don't even have the heart to tell you. XD

In this book all the animorphs got sick! Even my dear Ax was sick, in fact Ax almost died :O I was in the bus while re-reading this and I didn't care at all if my seatmate gives a fuck that I look terribly sad earlier. My favorite Alien's going t
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Alex
I absolutely loved this one! Altran the Yeerk (although I keep calling her Karen in my head) reappears! I still think the book where she first appears is the best in the series, so I was thrilled to find out what happened to her.

I think that (view spoiler)

I also loved the dance scene at the beginning, mostly because I love seeing Rachel and Tobias together
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Stephanie
The irony of reading “The Sickness” this time around – I was actually staying home sick, though thankfully not as sick as the Animorphs got. In this book, the intermingled story lines worked well together: save Aftran the Yeerk from Visser Three’s interrogation and certain death, and save Ax from the Tria gland in his head exploding. Can you see where this is going?

Cassie is the only one who doesn’t end up falling sick (naturally – she is narrating, after all), and so she must visit the Yeer
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Swankivy
Everybody but Cassie gets sick, leaving her alone to fight on an important mission, only to come home to perform brain surgery on Ax because Andalites don't puke. Bird poop saves the day!

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

This book is ghostwritten by Melinda Metz.

It's clear that the Yeerk Aftran has managed to start a peace movement somehow, but it's not clear how she was answering for not being in her host, who was supposed to be a young girl named Karen planted to watch the girl's dad and rep
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Tanvi
Cassie is brilliant in this book: she really gets her chance to shine, and seizes it.

Sure, the book's frustratingly hazy on Andalite biology. The gland-in-the-brain thing is very weird and, seriously, Cassie should not have been able to pull off (view spoiler).
But other books in this series have been worse, and Cassie's clear-headedness makes #29 stand out. She weighs up her options, takes calculated risks and generally acts in a
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Maryann
Cassie, kind-hearted tree hugging Cassie, was the hero narrator for the novel. Ax catches an alien sickness which happens to be contagious, crippling out almost all the animorphs. Unlike Ax, whose life was threatened by the disease, the humans only suffered the same ordeal influenza would have handed them.
The only animorph left in it shape to fight was Cassie, who was now handed the mission to save a yeerk that was captured by visser one and save Ax from dying.
Not easy, seeing as she was to infi
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Bonesy
This is probably one of the most depressing Animorphs books in the whole series. I actually read this as quickly as I could because it was putting me in a bad mood. Basically, Ax is sick and all the other Animorphs get the flu except Cassie. On top of that, the "mission of the week" (or whatever you want to call it) is to save that Yeerk named Afran (sp?) because she's going to be questioned by Visser Three. Not only does Cassie have to morph into a Yeerk to get inside the Yeerk pool and save Af ...more
Hermione
One thing about this book sticks out in my mind, some ten years after finishing the series: "Bless your baby bones." Random , right? But I guess it's because I was really touched by the tenderness Cassie shows to Ax in that scene. I always felt bad for Ax, stranded as he was on an alien planet, part of the Animorph group but somehow separate. He always seemed like such a lonely character. But when he was sick it was like he became more vulnerable, whereas before he was usually very formal and st ...more
Arimbi Kiddo
THIS IS MY FAVORITE EDITION. I SAW HOW STRONG CASSIE FIGHT YEERK, TRY TO SAVE AX AND AFTRAN AND SHE DID IT BY HERSELF! I LOVE CASSIE!!
Katelynn
Cassie's not my favourite but when she comes through, she comes through. Sometimes she can be really strong and I really admire her.
alternBRUNO°°
This was a very nice book which has made a different Cassie than the first tree-hugger.
Amantha
Mehhhhhhhhh I had mostly forgotten about this book's plot. Dull dull dull.
Brady
The Sickness was intense. Ax gets really sick. They have to help Ax while rescuing a Yeerk of the Peace Movement. Visser 3 captures Aftran942 (kind of). Afrtran is already a Yeerk (of the Peace Movement) and Cassie and the other Animorphs, minus Ax. And then the others get sick, except for Cassie who must act alone to complete the mission of saving Aftran942. And then Aftran is rescued will die of kandrona starvation. Aftrain is given the ability to morph and takes on the nothlit (someone that i ...more
Stephen
Crazy to know that the animorphs can morph yeerks.
Alba
El final... ese final. Siempre acabo emocionada con los libros de Cassie.
Maria M. Elmvang
The books where Cassie is the main character are definitely my favourites. However, I think this one was written by a ghostwriter, and if not, Applegate should clearly have paid more attention to information she gave about yeerks in earlier books. Not that this wasn't the best solution, but it wasn't the only solution like she made it sound.
Elyse
See my review for "The Invasion."

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Anurag
Too good. Probably the best one in the series.
Jackie Krasuski
I do not know how I ever would have survived junior high without this fantastic science fiction series. Maybe the story quality went down as the book numbers got higher, but the idea that aliens were invading our planet secretly... it was almost good enough for a young teenager to believe.
Mark
I was genuinely surprised by this. I usually don't like Cassie's books but this one had two very interesting plots interwoven into a compelling story. Everything fell right into place, into a fulfilling conclusion. One of my favorites so far.
Tulsi
Probably my favourite Cassie book, because she isn't so annoyingly moral. She just gets on with the job, and it's good to see her in action. Very interesting solutions to stuff, and a nice resolution at the end.
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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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