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The Hork-Bajir Chronicles (Animorphs #22.5)

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Dak Hamee, born into the Hork-Bajir tribe, is something special from the start. "Strange," says his mother. "A seer," says the Old One, Tila Fashat. "A seer is one who is born to show a new way. Many, many seasons pass, then our father, the Deep, and our mother, the Sky, say, 'Send a seer to the people. The people have need.' And so one is born who is different." When ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2000 by Scholastic (first published December 12th 1998)
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Dear nine-year old Mike,

Hi, me from when I was nine. How ya doing? Actually, don't tell me - I can probably guess. You're probably relatively fine. You'd be in fourth grade, and not much happened this year. So you're fine.

Anyway, right now, you're into a series called Animorphs. It's pretty awesome, isn't it? Right now, you hold the belief that anyone around you could be a controller. Well, I'm here to reassure you that... this belief will never go away. You'll always have it. But anyway, it's a
Nov 25, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
I always feel moved when I remember this tragic story that rightfully belongs on the Young Nerd Fiction shelf of the middle school library.

It's not skillfully written, and the confusing array of elements from it sci fi universe is esoteric at best, but its a very bittersweet and dark story for its age group.

It includes themes such as the beauty of nature, the horror and moral ambiguity of war, the loss of innocence, and tragic love. These themes make it feel similar to "Speaker for the Dead" and
Ben Babcock
Dec 26, 2015 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
Instalments like this one make me sad that regular Animorphs novels were sandwiched into bite-sized morsels that …

… wait, let me restart this with a metaphor less likely to make me hungry.

Instalments like The Hork-Bajir Chronicles demonstrate what K.A. Applegate can do when she can write longer-form stories. The shorter Animorphs novels have their advantages—they are easy to read, almost episodic, and obviously we wouldn’t have as many of them if they were longer. Nevertheless, the Chronicles sp
May 06, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
God, the Chronicles are so consistently heart-wrenching. This one features a cast of all-alien characters (apart from the tiny frame narrative, it isn't even set anywhere near Earth), rotating narrators cycling between the Andalites/Hork-Bajir/Yeerks, a war-torn planet, children growing up far too quickly in the midst of that battle, gruesome war crimes conducted by well-intentioned people, and hope for the future.

The plot: After his cataclysmic mistake leading to the Yeerk uplifting & upris
Jun 02, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I loved the Animorphs hardcore when I was a kid and I don't remember any specific reaction to this book in particular, but man. As an adult, this cements what is already a stellar series as genius and heartbreaking pain at the same time.

This book, for one thing, has no humans in it. None. Even the frame narrative has only Tobias, who is now really a hawk, talking to Hork-Bajir. And every alien species, while being subtle and shaded and human-like, is totally not human. (There are lapses l
Apr 01, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
I didn't go back into Goodreads to mark as read all the Animorphs books, but they were (mostly) all read. I read this one now because it's the only Animorphs book that exists at the Toronto Public Library (there may be some uncatalogued paperbacks floating around but it's highly unlikely, and I'm not going to 100 branches to search). It's interesting, because Animorphs was just the greatest series of all time to my 8-year-old self, I remember seeing the cover of #1 in my Scholastic book order ...more
I would definitely recommend this book for older children. For one, though it is part of the larger Animorphs series, it works remarkably well as a standalone book. The benefit to this is that it introduces the reader to the basic plotline of the Animorphs series and so has the potential to get them interested in reading the rest of the series as well. In addition, this book is written using simple language, making it easy for even struggling readers to understand it, and it maintains a ...more
Jun 03, 2011 TJ rated it it was amazing
This is honestly one of my favourite books revolving around the Animorphs. I Love the Hork-Bajir, and this inter-species love story was really nice for me to read, despite the outcome. It was really well-written and I got so involved in the story it was almost laughable. Really the best piece in the series, in my opinion.
Sep 13, 2015 Almira rated it it was amazing
This was another favorite from childhood. It's sort of an emotional story for me. I think Katherine was trying to be symbolic here actually, by using aliens instead of humans :D


“With all her lies, all her inbred Andalite arrogance, all her manipulations, I loved her.” - Dak Hamee

Prince Seerow
Because of him, the term Seerow's Kindness was coined. Seerow believed in Yeerks, and thought they were his friend. He pitied them and was convinced the universe should give them a chance. From this
Apr 28, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: nostalgia
Just finished rereading this after rereading Visser last week, after having finished the series years ago. It's still a great and touching read. This is definitely a fan favorite, if for no other reason than the rare in-depth insight and history one gains into the 3 major alien species to Animorphs: Hork-Bajir, Andalites, and Yeerks.

One thing that has struck me about each of these longer-length chronicles is that each is about alien species that meet. In meeting, they discover far more in commo
Tommy Grooms
Jun 25, 2016 Tommy Grooms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hork-Bajir Chronicles is the first Animorphs book featuring no humans (even including the frame, since the only human is our favorite red-tailed hawk). We experience the fall of the Hork-Bajir home world firsthand through the eyes of Prince Seerow's daughter, a Hork-Bajir seer, and the Yeerk who would become Visser Three. It's a true tragedy, a perfect storm of events conspiring to make the innocent Hork-Bajir the shock troop slaves of the emerging Yeerk Empire. It's a clash of civilizations ...more
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Jan 19, 2009 freaking crazy ninja man83 rated it it was amazing
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Krystie Ocasio
Apr 29, 2011 Krystie Ocasio rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books of all times. I read it when I was back in probably fifth grade but I adored the books so much. I'm looking forward to re-reading the entire Animorphs series but from what I can remember, the Hork-Bajir Chronicles was my absolute favorite.
Sep 06, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
This book is without a doubt my favourite book of the series. The story of Andrea and Dak engrossed me from the very beginning, and the story of how the Hork-Bajir came to be enslaved by the Yeerks has always held a special place in my heart.
Rebecca McNutt
May 03, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
This imaginative and creative YA book was incredibly well-written and fast-paced, with a variety of unique characters. Dak Hamee and his story are a great addition to this nostalgic alien-themed series.
Jul 04, 2016 Mariam rated it it was amazing
This was so good. It could be a stand-alone novel. It tells about the beginning of the war and the loss of the Hork-Bajir world. It's sad, devastating and hopeful at the same time. I think the Hork-Bajir are my favourite aliens (No offense, Ax, but your people are mostly jerks).
Aug 02, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Tragically beautiful. Applegate shuns the idea of right and wrong being black and white, and paints a story in a world of grey.
Kim Dyer
Oct 18, 2016 Kim Dyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
The Hork-Bajir Chronicles is not a necessary read in the series (being technically a prequel), but does a great job of fleshing out Applegate's wider universe. While the last Chronicle focused on a young Elfangor, this time we see how the Yeerks took the Hork-Bajir homeworld. As all Hork-Bajir are slaves in the main series, the reader knows that this story cannot be a happy one, and it shares many themes with the main series (particularly how war changes people for the worse).

The story is fast-p
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This is the story of what happened before the Andalite Chronicles. Before Elfangor became the great hero he was, there was another Andalite whose name was famous among his own people. Seerow, who gave the Yeerks space flight, and unleashed them on an unsuspecting galaxy. This is the story of his daughter, Aldrea, the young Hork-Bajir ‘seer’ Dak Hamee, and the Yeerk Esplin 2966, known to the Animorphs as Visser Three. This is the story of the beginning of t
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Alan Gilfoy
Nov 16, 2014 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"More info on series, great variation of adventure"

Tobias started with some nice sarcasm about how the Ellimist supposedly doesn't meddle.

I liked the references to #13 The Change since I liked that book itself.

Thanks to my camping experience, I identified with Tobias right away on the campfire. Even as a human, it's a balancing act to be close enough to a fire to find it useful but far enough away to not be hurt by it.

I noticed only the first couple Aldrea chapters had the date for various speci
I really enjoyed this book. I wish I had read it earlier. It gives a lot of interesting back story. I liked that it was from the point of view of the Yeerks, Andalites and Hork-Bajir. Each race is looking out for its own and you can kind of sympathise with all of them (even the Yeerks.)

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Chris Cole
Sep 27, 2016 Chris Cole rated it it was amazing
Another awesome backstory for the Animorphs universe. I think it's important to remember where these struggles began, and the important people who have fought the war with the Yeerks before the Animorphs became involved.
Julie Decker
Aug 06, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
In a flashback-style story told by the free Hork-Bajir Jara Hamee, we learn about the history of the Yeerk invasion on the Hork-Bajir planet, and how it involved one Hork-Bajir, one Andalite, and one Yeerk in particular. Aldrea is the daughter of the disgraced Prince Seerow, who gave technology to the Yeerks only to be thanked by having them use it against Andalites to begin taking over the galaxy. While investigating the Hork-Bajir world, Aldrea meets Dak Hamee, a Hork-Bajir who is different ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
This was great, gave wonderful revelations as to what the Andalites did to the Hork-Bajir in the famous Animorphs universe.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

Female Andalites are said to have smaller tail blades in this book, which is why they are not usually allowed to be involved in military operations.

Strange that the beginning of the war with the Yeerks is suggested to have begun in the Earth year 1966. These books were written in the very late 1990s, which suggests the wars started only th
It has been over 10 years since I last read The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, and even though I am reading it now as an adult instead of as a child, I still really enjoyed it. Aldrea and Dak Hamee are great characters, even though we know from the start that their story is, in a way, doomed.

The pacing of the first half of the book was very well done, which allowed the reader to become familiar with Aldrea, Dak Hamee, and Esplin 9466. Seeing them each grow as characters who though they seem to have smal
Sep 18, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Pretty good and pretty dark as most animorphs books are I've come to find out. This really portrays how hard war is really and the sacrifices it entails. I mean at a certain level anyway. No one really comes out of this looking pretty either-- which is nice. On the whole this is a well-written addition and fills in some backstory that wasn't needed per se but really helps flesh out the universe.
This is a very beautiful story, and my personal favorite out of the Chronicles books. This tells the story of the Hork-Bajir enslavement, picking up just two years after Seerow's Kindness and featuring Seerow's own daughter. We read this book from the perspectives of Seerow's daughter, Visser Three (before he's Visser Three, obviously) and a Hork-Bajir seer named Dak (who ends up having a child named Seerow with Seerow's daughter, after she becomes stuck in a female Hork-Bajir morph). It's ...more
Chelsea Gouin
Mar 25, 2016 Chelsea Gouin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animorphs
Another prequel story! This time we see how the Hork-bajir were enslaved by the Yeerks. This one takes place before the Andalite Chronicles, for those keeping track of the timeline. So, Tobias goes to see the two freed Hork-Bajir and Dak Hamee tells the story of his people. How Prince Seerow's Andalite family were dumped on their planet and abandoned. How a hork-bajir fell for an Andalite, how she changed his people forever.
I enjoyed this book as it explored more of that grey area of war. The
Jan 04, 2015 Priscilla rated it liked it
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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 ...more
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“I laughed. 'You almighty Andalites. There is no limit to your arrogance, is there? Well, let me tell you something: we may be simple people. But we don't use biology to invent monsters. And we don't enslave other species. And we don't unleash a plague of parasites on the galaxy, endangering every other free species, and then go swaggering around like the lords of the universe. No, we're too simple for that. We're too stupid to lie and manipulate. We're too stupid to be ruthless. We're too stupid to know how to build powerful weapons designed to annihilate our enemies. Until you came, Andalite, we were too stupid to know how to kill.' -Dak Hamee” 10 likes
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