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The Mutation (Animorphs #36)

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Morphing into killer whales, the Animorphs discover a whole new world where humans with gills exist in the deep waters below.
Mass Market Paperback, 142 pages
Published December 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Julie Decker
After discovering a terrifying Yeerk experiment to turn Hork-Bajir into aquatic creatures (which failed, at the expense of fifty Hork-Bajir lives), Jake also finds out that the Yeerks have a powerful ocean ship called the Sea Blade. He wants to go destroy it because they're going to use it to find the Pemalite ship (among other things), so they investigate. But after damaging it in a fight between their whale morphs and the Dracon-capable ship, they notice it getting rescued by strange human-lik ...more
Swankivy
Finally, in 36, they find out that mutant people from Atlantis are still living underwater in this weird city. This one kinda bugged me. I would have preferred that they leave human folk tales out of this whole mess, but the author still made it fit. It's just, like, we're already dealing with about six different species of aliens, robots disguised as people with advanced holographic technology, super-beings like the Ellimist and Crayak, and then there just happen to be mutated fish people down ...more
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Jake and the Animorphs discover Visser Three’s newest toy, the Sea Blade, a ship designed to discover the location of the hidden Pemalite ship. If the Yeerks get their hands on that, it’s all over. The Animorphs need to stop Visser Three at all costs, even if it means entering an unknown world full of amphibious human mutations…

This book is pretty crap. There, I said it. It’s not badly written, but the plot it just so… it’s like they didn’t even try. Apple
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Alan Gilfoy
4+/5

Jake really got across the horrible depressing reality beneath the thin veil of normalcy.

The first planning meeting was another good snapshot of the Animorphs' personalities. Of course Rachel would be eager to fight. Yet so would Cassie, given that the Yeerks have sunk to new depths (pun intended). I expected Marco to focus on the tactical details. Come to think of it, Ax would too.

This combat seemed far more bitter than what the Animorphs had been through so far. Jake really conveyed the pa
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Caitlin
I heard that this book was not as good as some of the others, but I ended up surprisingly really enjoying it. Poor Jake. He's having a rough time. He didn't ask to be in charge, but he is, and everyone looks for him to make the decisions. He can't make the right decisions all the time and when he makes a mistake it weighs so heavily on him. I really fear for him going forward... the decisions are going to get tougher and the impact of those decisions is going to be so much worse :(
Priscilla
Visser Three is still trying to find a way to reach the Pemalite ship. Jake, the other Animorphs, and Ax acquire additional deep-sea morphs in order to stop the visser's plan. But while trying to destroy the Yeerk ship, the kids make a startling discovery: an underwater civilization.

I didn't see the point of the introduction of the Nartec, apart from the 'humans do terrible things too' point; they're not really connected to the war with the Yeerk except for a temporary obstacle. There wasn't any
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Bonesy
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
Okay, it looks like I had stopped reading Animorphs at just about the right time when I was a kid and they were still being published on a monthly basis. This is the first book in the series (even after all the ghost written books) where I was seriously like, "Wtf? Out of ideas much?" Animorphs is known for having really strange wtf moments, but it's usually something so strange that it actually works. That is not the case with this book. I get that the idea behind this creepy underwater race is ...more
Karthik Thrikkadeeri
I'm beginning to hate this habit of Jake's, where he keeps on blabbering about whether his decisions were right. Yeah, I led them all to their deaths, blah blah blah.

That really pisses me off.

Another thing : in this book, a lot of stuff seemed to be contained in one book. Maybe it's just relative when compared to the other Animorphs books.

All in all, I didn't like it much. But it brought in a new factor... We'll see what happens.
Alex
Another awesome Animorphs book. I loved the killer whale morphs (though I wish they had spent more time in them!) and I loved the creepy underwater city.

Yes, this one was a bit ridiculous and I am sure the new alien species will never be mentioned again. But you know what? It was a fun read anyway.
Almira
I don't think I like Jake's books. I mean, it's a bit painful to read. He's just a kid, he's supposed to be a jock, but he's saving the world, and making decisions that could kill his mates.

For the first time I am glad I don't have an older brother. He'd be compared to Jake all the time. haha
alternBRUNO°°
Great, now we have some mutated humans underwater with huge eyes called Nartec. Can we stop adding races just because?
Amantha
What the fuck did I just read?
Ashley
This was an interesting addition to the series. I liked it because it was so radically different than the usual books, but at the same time that difference was a double edged sword. It didn't fit the series at all. The species was kind of an unnecessary addition to a world already filled with several very cool species.

While the story itself was interesting, it was obviously ghostwritten, had no major moral quandaries, and was overall not an animorphs book.
Odette
This book was...really not good. I actually didn't remember the plot of it at all from when I first read the series, so I spent most of the time gaping at it. It doesn't make a lot of sense. It messes with the world building a bit in weird ways. Also, it's just weird.

The two redeeming qualities?

One, they have to work with Visser 3. That's cool.

Two, the events in this book are never mentioned again.

Much worse than the Buffa-human book, by far.
Alba
La idea es buena... hay fallos, eso está claro, pero es plausible. Me ha gustado mucho.
Tanvi
Yeah, I get that this was ghostwritten, but Atlanteans who turn out to be (view spoiler) is taking it too far. It might've been an interesting idea somewhere else, but it doesn't fit with Animorphs.

#36 The Mutation is an insertion into a series that really doesn't need any more padding.
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.
Kryss
May 11, 2011 Kryss rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kryss by: mom XD
Shelves: own-them
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This book is rated PG, (lolz) it's full of brutal and bloody scenes

Read this series 3 years ago. I didnt get the chance to complete it though.
I pretty much liked it back when I was 11 y/o, now, not much so THREE STARS. XP
Kali
I think this is a wierd book. But I still read this because I knew it was going to be wierd and I've read almost all the series..(at my house) so yes he does sort of like transform into a whale...When he is in water.
Dexter Lynette
A truly beautiful contribution to the Animorphs series. The Nartec are definitely one of my favourite fictional mutated species to have been created.
Tulsi
I liked this, although it is so ridiculous, it's still interesting and fun. Although it doesn't really benefit the story at all.
Alysha Speer
Aug 28, 2007 Alysha Speer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: sciencefiction
A little confusing if you haven't read any others, but still good.
Christiana Sherrill
Reinforces the view that taxidermy is always creepy.
Soo Jo
Creepy yet interesting. Could be reedited. Many mistakes.
Valerie
Excellent, as always!
Julia
i love all animorph books!!!
Ethan
I LOVED 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 p ...more
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