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The Arrival (Animorphs, #38) (Animorphs #38)

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Ax's people have arrived on Earth, and they want Ax back on board with them. Ax is torn. Should he join his fellow Andalites? Can he desert the Animorphs?
Mass Market Paperback, 148 pages
Published February 2000 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jul 30, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
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Sep 18, 2016 Claire rated it it was amazing
Until this book, Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill was the only Andalite on Earth… other than Alloran, the host body of Visser Three, the only Andalite to be infested by a Yeerk. Suddenly, four more Andalites appear, telling Ax that their mission on Earth is to assassinate Visser Three. If only things were that simple.

I've always loved the books from Ax's point of view. Usually, they're packed with amusing observations on human food, culture, and behavior, all of which amaze and confuse Ax endlessly. I
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Aug 24, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
I accept this offering as reparation for the awful travesty of #37.

Poor Ax almost always gets the narratives of will-he-won't-he, but somehow this one totally worked. I wasn't so sure about the beginning--although I loved the quiet and subtle nod to how incredibly powerful the Chee are that even torture isn't a thing but also that their holograms can't create the idea that it is--because it just seemed as unnecessarily over-the-top as some of the recent books. I was all set to be disappointed, b
Jul 05, 2015 Priscilla rated it really liked it
I was both excited and wary when I saw that this was an Ax installment. Excited because I love seeing things from Ax's point of view since his insights to and experiences with human cultures and creations are hilarious and sometimes on-point. Wary because, given the quality of the last couple of books, there was a chance I would be disappointed.

Thankfully, this is a better book than its predecessor. Ax once again has to decide where his loyalty lies - to the Animorphs or to Andalites? The discus
Alan Gilfoy
May 17, 2015 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was amazing
"Great new stuff"

Getting right to some action kept the exposition from dragging.

Ax was amusingly proud of himself in Chapter 2. I also liked the point about the different battle morphs being complementary.

Knowing roughly what happens here, I saw a lot of foreshadowing. I suppose that's good writing.

I've thought a lot about the other Andalites, but forgot they showed up so soon. That makes sense as a non-resolution to the initial confrontation, but this series has a habit of stringing things alon
Julie Decker
Aug 06, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
While saving a Chee from torture at a newspaper office, the Animorphs are startled to find out it was a trap, but even more startled to be saved by Andalites. A band of four of them are on Earth, and Jake needs to know why. Are they the reinforcements from the Andalite world, there to help win the war? Or do they have their own agenda? Ax's loyalty is again tested, but this time he remains loyal to Prince Jake. However, it's hard to resist the lovely female Andalite Estrid, who is brilliant and ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Almira rated it it was amazing
Omg Ax. :[

This one's sad. We get to see more of Ax and how it's like to be lonely, away from home, surrounded by species who are very different from you.

I just hate it that he cried, I mean... nooooo Ax is too cool to cry. He's always sad, that I know, and have accepted, but it's the kind of sad that's beautiful even for an Andalite. Like a graceful kind of sad. So when he cried, my respect for Ax increased.
Tommy Grooms
Jul 15, 2016 Tommy Grooms rated it really liked it
The Andalites have finally come to Earth - sort of. A single Andalite ship with dubious intentions isn't what the Animorphs have been hoping for. The Animorphs' resolve to continue the fight is tested, and we see a falling out that's hard to watch. The Arrival is one of the better and more tragic Ax books, which seemingly tests Ax's divided loyalty to his people and the Animorphs, similar to The Decision. This time Ax is tempted less by duty, but by a mutual attraction to a female aristh, which ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
At long last an Andalite ship has arrived on Earth! But why is it only the one ship, and with only four Andalites? Instead of bringing hope to the human Animorphs, it crushes their spirits. As for Ax, he faces new dilemmas not about his loyalties to the Animorphs, but about his people and their pride and morals, as well as what his own morals are in this war.

Are the Andalites really here to take out Visser Three, or are they hiding some other mission?

This was a beautiful, complex, though-provoki

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Aug 06, 2014 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
Woo-hoo, the Andalites arrived. Or should we be rejoicing? Urgh, poor Ax. This one totally wowed me. Jake really kicked butts and took names. He's pretty confident as the leader of the secret military of Earth, yes?

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

This book is ghostwritten by Kimberly Morris.

Odd that subordinate Yeerks are cautioning against killing a person because Visser Three will be furious at the loss of a host body. Visser Three constantly kills host bodies unnecessarily. If it was real
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An elite team of Andalites lands on Earth to assassinate Visser Three and immediately demand that Ax chose a side: his people, or his family. With the Animorphs demoralised at the prospect of the Andalite fleet giving up on Earth, Ax joins the Andalites only to uncover a bigger conspiracy that would leave ramifications through the war against the Yeerks.

I love reading Ax’s books. I love his formal voice, his love of humans, his pride in his own people. I l
Aug 14, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
I am still having a great time reading through the Animorphs series. The books are definitely starting to decline in quality, but I am still enjoying them.

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Aug 04, 2016 Darcy rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh, Ax. Ax. I love you so much. Bless your baby bones.

This is hands down my favorite Animorphs book so far. I hope this ghostwriter comes back.
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
Chris Schaben
Jul 22, 2016 Chris Schaben rated it really liked it
When Ax Met Estrid. Not too bad. It's nice to see more Andalites showing up to provide a false hope for the series
Jan 19, 2015 alternBRUNO°° rated it liked it
This was a great way to grasp again the core story. I loved the plot twist when they were trapped in the ship.
Jul 08, 2014 Amantha rated it did not like it
Were any of the books past Visser any good at all?
Nov 09, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya, war
4.5. I enjoyed this one, different from most of the others. We get to see some real scum of the earth types... or Andalite homeworld, at any rate.

I was a bit confused about whether the Animorphs faked breaking up (I'm pretty sure it was real, because Rachel wouldn't have been allowed to attack indiscriminately), but at the same time they were tricking one of the Andalites and happen to be able to work together at the end? Then again, Ax did use these events as a test for the female Andalite. St
Jun 18, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
This series delivers once again!
I accept this peace offering to make up for previous atrocious book, because this was SO GOOD. I was sure that after the last Andalite story Aximili's loyalties were quite secure, but then the team started splintering and I was so worried.
Has anyone noticed that the last time we saw the actual Andalite nobility Ax is so proud of was with Elfangor? And he has been dead since book one. Maybe being with humans so long, Ax can observe his people with a little outsider perspective, and see that that
Jul 23, 2011 Weathervane rated it liked it
Shelves: animorphs
This one kind of confused me. Did the Animorphs trick the Andalites earlier in the book by acting crazy and disunified, or was that legitimate? It can't have been, otherwise they wouldn't have reunited later in the book. It's strange.

Otherwise, I was pleased with the plot, though one has to wonder if the Animorphs would've had a different reaction to the virus if it had a chance to kill another species instead of humans, and if they had seen it as absolutely necessary to stopping the Yeerk plagu
Oct 25, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: sometime before April 17, 2015

The Arrival by Katherine Applegate

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

Rating: 3/5

What I thought: I don't know. I remember liking it, but not a whole lot apart from that. Definitely appreciate seeing more of the Andalites though and getting a greater insight into them, even if the results aren't exactly pleasing or pretty.
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
I personally was not a huge fan of this book. It was well-written, but I hated having so many new characters in one book. I would sometimes mix up the two Andalites whose names started with an A. I loved Estrid and her interactions with Ax, and the ending was pretty depressing. It was still a moving book despite me not being a huge fan of the big action scenes where I start to get confused with all the new characters.
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.
Oct 13, 2008 Tulsi rated it it was ok
A good enough read, some interesting ideas of how far would you go to win a war, but nothing that wasn't already covered in a better way previously in the series. Cute seeing Ax fall in love though.
Katie K
Jan 24, 2016 Katie K 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!
Soo Jo
Nov 14, 2013 Soo Jo rated it it was amazing
Rather perceptive of a child yet it was very cliche but that may be the fact that I know what happens in the end...
Christiana Sherrill
Jan 09, 2015 Christiana Sherrill rated it it was ok
Kissing is not as pleasing as chocolate, according to Andalites.
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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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