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The Deception (Animorphs #46)

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The Animorphs and Ax have managed to contact the Andalite home world. But the battle is far from over. Visser Two has arrived on earth, and he's not happy about the state of things. He decides the best way to take over Earth is to have the humans destroy the people and the land the Yeerk's don't need. He decides to start World War III.

Ax and his friends know that Visser Tw
Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 2000 by Scholastic (first published September 6th 2000)
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Aug 29, 2008 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
We've all been waiting for this. Finally the war is really going to start. Out in the open. Win or lose, we're in it for keeps.

When I was reading this, the people at my work were teasing me for reading children's books. I was dead serious when I told them off. These books are so far beyond the quality of so many adult books that I just want to laugh in their faces.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

This book is ghostwritten by Elise Smith.

Ax points out how "humans are an odd species" because th
Dec 29, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Good Lord, this series. Good Lord, the timing of this series. Good Lord, the *ethics* of this series!

So the Yeerks have decided that subtlety is yesterday's news and are kicking the war into high gear, starting with the promotion of Visser Three to Visser One (yeah, I don't get how the power shifts of the Yeerks work, either, since it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Three to leapfrog Two, but whatever). With the Yeerks moving into the open, the Animorphs have to follow or pull them back in
Nov 13, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Ghostwriter: Elise Donner, who crushed my heart in #30 The Reunion and is now back to continue kicking it into fine pieces. AHHHHH. afjlakglkfjglj.

So, first off: shit is getting real. The entire nature of the war is changing.

"Things are different. From now on, we take what we need. We do what we have to do. No matter what the consequences."

Once again, I find myself needing to discuss an Ax book almost entirely under spoiler cuts: (view spoiler)
Amalia Dillin
Mar 03, 2017 Amalia Dillin rated it really liked it
okay it is seriously getting real in this one, and I appreciate that this story is told from Ax's POV considering the (questionable?) choices he makes. This is also where the Animorphs start down a slippery slope of compromising their values for the greater good -- doing whatever it takes to win. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out as we start charging toward the finale.
Apr 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
   The Animorphs get a Z-space transponder functional, and they are able to get out a communication to the Andalites. However, the results of this communication are not nearly as good as they had hoped for, and they have to cut it short before Bug fighters arrive. Later, Marco, Ax, and Tobias happen to catch a Yeerk transmission and discover that something major is going down in the middle of the ocean. The rules of engagement have changed, and the Animorphs take a course of action they would no ...more
WELL I don't even know what to say about this book.

I read a review from Swankivy on here that said: "We've all been waiting for this. Finally the war is really going to start. Out in the open. Win or lose, we're in it for keeps."

That's it. It's starting. I'm scared and nervous and excited all rolled into one.

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Ax and the Animorphs discover the Yeerks are planning something so huge they’ve named the plan after the reigning and newly promoted Visser One. While they don’t know what it is, they know they have to stop it. So they rush off in good Animorphs style to throw punches first and ask questions later.

This book… is not a good book. It’s boring, spends way too much time on military stuff, and only really has one plot point and absolutely no denouement. The only plot point is a fight on an aircraft ca
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
This was a very action-packed, but fast read. I liked how toward the end here they went in the order that's preferable, with Ax bringing up the rear in the order of narrators instead of switching off with Tobias (which I always thought was stupid). This is where the series starts to take a darker turn. This was my first time reading this book (I stopped after #45 originally), but many Animorph fans on Facebook told me that the series gets darker from 45 onward. They were correct! I didn't think ...more
Oct 13, 2008 Tulsi rated it liked it
Ax is definately an interesting character, and it's proved in this book. I love 'looking' inside his head at how he views humans, knowing that they aren't techically his people. Interesting read, but there were better books.
Jackie Krasuski
Jul 24, 2011 Jackie Krasuski rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2015 Lo rated it really liked it
wtf! each book reaches new heights of horror
Wow, this book really hit me hard. If #45: The Revelation is about the sheer craziness and excitement of so many secrets being revealed and everything kicking into high gear, #46 is a sobering reminder of just what "high gear" means when you're talking about the war the Animorphs have been fighting.

It's not hyperbole when I say the stakes in this book are possibly higher than they've ever been. A Yeerk transmission alerts the Animorphs to a plan by Visser Two(!) to ignite a nuclear war between
Julie Decker
Aug 07, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
After a communication with the Andalite homeworld is inconclusive about whether they'll come to help, Ax and Marco's dad figure out how to interpret the Yeerks' plans by decoding their communications, and they find out where a big mission is about to take place--in the ocean. Visser Three has become Visser One, and Visser Two will be landing on the planet soon to help start whatever this plan is. The Animorphs, realizing they're going to have to start doing whatever it takes to win, steal a plan ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Alison rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, animorphs
The Deception Maybe it's because I was tired while reading this one, but I had trouble following the plot. I had trouble following the author's last plot too though. 
 Donner wrote The Deception and The Reunion, and I never quite understood the
Visser One and Visser Three will destroy each other on the top of a mountain bit...
I mean, it all came together, but it seemed like a lot of luck.
Just one question under the cut. I might have had more, but I didn't write them down.

At th
It's interesting when Ax ponders about human morality, and their changing of minds according to situation. Is he still willfully ignorant of Andalite hypocrisy? After so many accounts of his people causing him shame? I love Ax, and Elfangor was great, but I'm not very fond of Andalites. They have in most cases acted as major dicks.
This is it, folks. No more guerrilla warfare. This was the first open fight with human military involved. There's no going back now. Government must have been notifie
Feb 24, 2015 Almira rated it it was amazing
I can't stand it when Ax is sad, to be honest. It's not that I'm used to him having no emotions, it's just that, it's a graceful kind of sadness, not as graceful as Tobias's but... you know, for Andalite standards, it's just...not good for my feels.

Our aristh had grown into a determined soldier. He defied Jake's order after he knocked him out. But... I also want to know, Ax-man, would you really do it? Would you kill ten thousand people and yeerks...who are defenseless?

You know something in me s
Tommy Grooms
Jul 28, 2016 Tommy Grooms rated it really liked it
Once again, the decision to have Ax as the narrator is applied to a very appropriate plot-line. Through their jerry-rigged Z-space communication device, the Animorphs glean that Visser Two is on Earth and planning to start World War III. The Animorphs have to make it to the middle of the ocean in record time and somehow find and stop plans of which they only have a vague notion. To succeed, Ax may have to make a decision that the rest of the Animorphs, as humans, can't. Ax again struggles with t ...more
Mar 15, 2015 alternBRUNO°° rated it really liked it
It's nearly impossible to get bored every time Ax is in charge of telling the story, although it requires certain amounts of wits and talent to deploy a character who is out of this world and, in consequence, unfamiliar with some of our traits. In this book, Visser Three has turned into Visser One and is about to start open war on humans, leaving all subtleties behind. It's the first time I've seen Ax losing it with a human cause and actually embracing that right now, at least some of his identi ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: sometime before April 18, 2015

The Deception by Katherine Applegate

Why I read it: My book club was reading the series at the time.

Rating: 3/5

What I thought: The ending was somewhat wonky which is why I marked it down a bit, but this was still a pretty darn successful step towards the inexorable conclusion. One to keep.
Jan 07, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya, war
The recent books were leading up to this moment and now it's finally here: The start of open warfare.

Pretty good read, fast-paced. You also get to see the beginning of the fragmentation of the team, particularly at the end.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 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
Aug 22, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
I was surprised that this was an Ax book, since they've always followed a particular order and it should have been Jake next. I'm glad Ax narrated, though, because we needed his perspective. The war is officially starting now, and I have no idea how this will end.
Jan 10, 2017 Guillermina rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Jun 18, 2014 Christiana rated it it was ok
About the only thing I remember about this book is that it had a typo. "Commnad." Come on, proofreaders.
Jun 30, 2009 Cws added it
Shelves: jar-fiction
Jul 04, 2016 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This series is definitely starting to get pretty dark for a children's series. In the home stretch now. You can tell things will soon be coming to an end one way or the other.
Oct 10, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
My first sci-fi series growing up. It has shaped my reading style and is suggested to any one who likes YA fiction!
Apr 05, 2015 Amantha rated it really liked it
Things just got hella intense.
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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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