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The Suspicion (Animorphs #24)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  2,067 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The Yeerks are not the only invaders of Earth. Meet the new enemy: the Helmacrons. Cassie finds their miniature spaceship and donates it to a toy drive. Big mistake. The Helmacrons are tiny, but they're far from helpless. They have the technology to shrink other creatures to their size. And until they get their spaceship back, they're taking hostages. The Animorphs must fi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, An Apple Paperback, 155 pages
Published December 1998 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 1998)
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Aug 06, 2014 Swankivy rated it really liked it
Oh damn, it's the Helmacrons! How can something so tiny be such an ass?

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

This book has each chapter begin with a sort of absurdist quote from a Helmacron ship log, introducing us to these tiny megalomaniacal aliens. It's its own mini-story from the point of view of the Helmacrons aboard the either the Galaxy Blaster or its rivals on the other Helmacron ship, the Planet Crusher.

A narration error pops up; Cassie is the narrator, and earlier in one chapter the nar
Feb 01, 2011 Marchel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 24th story about Animorphs. Cassie..

Yeerk invasion is all enough trouble for Animorphs' gang. But now, they have to deal with another invasion. An invasion from a ant-size race, Helmacrons. Small in size but very big in ambition but very strange in behaviour. >.<

In this book, you can read Yeerk and Animorphs united to fight the Helmacrons.

Very funny to read. Those Helmacrons makes me laugh all the way from beginning to the end.

Famous quote from this book :

-I see your might.
Jan 24, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
Another exciting installment, this one featuring a different sort of aliens.
Ben Babcock
Another Cassie book, more in the vein of #14: The Unknown than #19: The Departure. Applegate experiments with absurdism here With slightly more sophisticated humour than “hah hah, it’s an Andalite toilet!”—riffs on gender and politics and, of course, bureaucracy—The Suspicion holds a little more appeal on the comedic front. Also, the story is better, even if the ending is a hot mess.

Instead of Area 51 and horses, this time we get Helmacrons. Ax doesn’t know of them, but Visser Three seems to rec
Aug 18, 2016 Nikki rated it it was ok
I completely forgot how hilariously terrible this one is!! Oh man.
May 17, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely sure why this got the title it did, but it's fun. It's one of the lighter books that help alleviate the increasing severity of the series, pitting the Animorphs and the Yeerks against the batshit crazy Helmacrons, who are less than half an inch tall with egos the size of Neptune. I won't lie, the whole time I was reading this I was thinking of the Magic School Bus when it goes inside the body of one of the students; I mean, it was a really neat take, but I kept expecting Mrs. Fr ...more
Alan Gilfoy
Nov 27, 2014 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was ok
"Great background but stupid mission"

This was a great bit of the Animorphs' personality - some stuff we knew already and some we didn't.

It's great how Cassie understands where the Yeerks are coming from while still standing up to the threat. I already knew she was like that but this plays it up well.

It's nice to see some of her working around the house besides regular farm work.

I never thought of the guys as science fiction nerds, even though it kind of came up before. That was funny.

This series
Julie Decker
Aug 06, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
The Animorphs are unexpectedly confronted with a second invasion of Earth: the tiny Helmacrons have come to town, swearing to be Earth's new masters even though they're only about a sixteenth of an inch tall. Unfortunately, the Animorphs get caught up in this absurd attack because the Helmacrons have zeroed in on their blue morphing cube as a power source. When the tiny warriors try to steal it, suddenly everything's a lot more serious . . . and on top of that, they've managed to focus the devic ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Quote from the book: "And for the first and probably last time in history, humans and Yeerks turned as one to face a common enemy."

Hemalcrons make me laugh.
Chelsea Gouin
Apr 23, 2016 Chelsea Gouin rated it it was ok
Shelves: animorphs
What the heck was this?!? Of course it was a Cassie book, which I like a lot less than the others anyway...And then there was the Helmacrons. Which were microscopic aliens with huge egos. There really wasn't anything interesting going on in this book and the plot fizzles out and seems to offer no progression to the story as a whole. Cassie finds a small space ship stuck on the water pump where she hid the Blue Box. They shrink Cassie, Marco and Tobias. Then they go after the Blue Box and somehow ...more
This is a very light-hearted installment – guess we’re still trying to lighten the tone after the David trilogy? There’s a good number of fun quips and general weirdness, all thanks to the hostile-takeover-and-enslavement minded Helmacrons. They might be even worse than the Yeerks in their desire to enslave other species, with one… small… difference.

That does it, the votes are in, the Oscar for Absolute Insanity goes to us.

Most of the quotes are funny enough as stand-alones, and there were no
This book was about Cassie, her last name is secret because she is an Animorph, a group of kids who were given Andalite technology, this let them morph into any animal they came into contact with in order to fight off the Yeerks, a superior alien race, who wanted to take over earth. In this book, Cassie and her friends are confronted by yet another alien race, Helmacrons, who also wanted to take over the Earth, the problem is they were small. Throughout the book Cassie, Marco, and Tobias are shr ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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This book was about Cassie, her last name is secret because she is an Animorph, a group of kids who were given Andalite technology, it lets them morph into any animal they came into contact with in order to fight off the Yeerks, a superior alien race, who wanted to take over earth. In this book, Cassie and her friends are fighting another alien race, Helmacrons, who also wanted to take over the Earth, the problem is they were small. Throughout the book Cassie, Marco, and Tobias are shrank down t ...more
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The Animorphs are attacked by a race of annoyingly egotistical miniature aliens after the blue box – the Escafil Device – the morphing cube – and Cassie and Marco are shrunk to approximately one sixteenth of an inch. Which according to Google is roughly 1.5 millimetres. As in milli. The aliens are called the Helmacrons and they are officially the most annoying stupidest annoying aliens in the Animorphs universe. Did I mention annoying?

OK let’s be clear her
Tommy Grooms
Jun 28, 2016 Tommy Grooms rated it liked it
While The Suspicion is not as bad as The Unknown (the situations and jokes are certainly funnier, and the Helmacrons themselves are assuredly amusing), I feel like this particular challenge the Animorphs face deserves more infamy than The Underground's maple and ginger instant oatmeal. The Helmacrons pose a serious threat, but not a credible one. Especially after the solemn series highs of The Departure, the David trilogy, and the Hork-Bajir Chronicles, this book is an unfortunate blight on the ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted a lighter story, this was stupid. Like really stupid. There are so many actions that don't make sense except to keep the story going and Visser Three is made even more ridiculous and dumb to serve the story. Also the end was just a quick summary wrap-up like they wanted to get it wrapped up as quick as possible. As if there was a 100 page requirement and hell if they were going to write 101. It's fluff. Harmless fluff but not very good fluff.
Dec 18, 2015 Noella rated it liked it
3.5 stars

As if the Yeerks wasn't enough for the Animorphs to deal with, in the Suspicion we're introduced to the Helmacrons. They're tiny creatures but they cause plenty of trouble for the Animorphs, especially when they shrink them down with their advanced technology. This instalment of the series was quite amusing, as Cassie comes up with ways to deal with the situation at hand. I felt the last quarter of the book was rushed and not particularly thought out especially (view spoiler)

I really think it was a conscious decision on KAA's part to give such comedic books to Cassie, since she functions as the relatively serious straight man: after all, she got the freaking Area 51 book and now this, the Helmacrons' first appearance. I've been looking forward to them all series long: they weren't quite so gutbustingly hilarious now that I'm older, but their megalomaniacal Napoleon complexes still make me grin.

This is a throwaway comedic book, through-and-through, but i
Valerie Newby
Not one of my favorite books. It is amusing though I guess. I mean why not have another alien invasion? Haven't got enough already. Shrink ray could be a fun plot point. Too bad Ax isn't an engineer, probably doesn't know quite enough to figure out how to do that himself.
Noticed we still haven't commented on the familial revelation from Tobias' last book.
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
While this is a Cassie book, this is also the book that introduces the microscopic species known as the Helmacrons. This is a very action-packed book, and so much happens that it seems to fly right on by. We don't have to put up with Cassie's moral issues this time around because the book is mainly focused on the emergency mission of keeping the escafil device out of the hands of the Helmacrons and the Yeerks. It's a little confusing to understand what's going on because of the size difference ( ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Benjamin rated it it was ok
This feels like one of the most skippable books in this entire series. The plot feels like a gimmick and doesn't add to the overall plot of the series. And if you take a step back and think about all the sizes, they seem to be very inconsistently interrelated.
Dec 16, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was an interesting little side story about another alien race. It was weird but fun. It's good to shake things up in this series because otherwise it could easily become very repetitive and this book does a good job with the shakeup.
Jul 25, 2014 Alex rated it it was ok
Okay, I've loved every single Animorphs book since I started re-reading them, but this book was just ridiculous.

Unless this species pops back up again in the future, I'm not sure what the point of this book was.
Jun 05, 2014 Katelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
20, 21, 22, and 23 are some of the best books in the entire series.

And then comes 24.

This was even crackier than the phone-calling horses one. But there was some good humour (and cute moments). NEXT.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 24, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
Fantastic SiFi series for a young reader. I enjoyed reading these with my daughter. The storyline is good and the plot interesting, wouldn't take much to make these great adult SiFi stories. Highly recommended
Dec 23, 2015 Spoke rated it liked it
I kind of want a book about Visser Three's previous encounter with the Helmacrons, really. It seems like that would be hilarious.
Chris Schaben
Oct 26, 2015 Chris Schaben rated it it was ok
The Helmacrons were stupid and unnecessary to the plot of the series in my opinion.
Jun 23, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
I didn't like the Helmacrons very much. They mostly seemed ridiculous.
Jan 24, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of Applegate's most hilarious books. Very tiny martians come to invade Earth and capture some of the Animorphs while doing so. I couldn't help but laugh as these extraterrestrials that stand only 1/16th of an inch tall boast and talk with egos the size of an elephant even in situations where they were clearly going to lose. As funny as it was though, the ending was a disappointment. The story was going, going, and slammed into a brick wall. Applegate must have had a page quo ...more
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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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