The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs Chronicles, #1)
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The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs 0)

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Relates the story of Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, the Andalite war-prince responsible for creating the human animorphs on Earth.
Paperback, 326 pages
Published December 1997 by Scholastic
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Meta Vashti
Before there was Harry Potter, my days were filled with Animorphs. Yes, I grew up loving this adventure. Kids who could turn into animals, alien beings, kidnappings, wild adventure, who wouldn't love it.
Aximili
I loved the Animorph series, and this was one of the best of them.

Elfangor's story is similar to the Animorph one as it is also a coming of age story, but I enjoyed Elfangor's perspective and commentry immensly. The look into the Andalite culture along with the Taxxons, Horik-Bajir, and Yeerks was enlightening and make them much more realistic characters. I liked how Applegate didn't gloss over the darker side of the Andalites and presented the other aliens in a different light. I especially li...more
Ashley
At the risk of appearing childish, I've started rereading this series. Judging by this book, I'm not surprised I loved it when I was younger!

If you're looking for a book with challenging style or diction, this is not it. This is a story for kids, but at the same time manages to bring up a few good questions dealing with morality, mainly: "What's the point of winning if, in winning, you lose what you're fighting for?" More simply/similarly: Do the ends justify the means?

This book describes the Ta...more
Weathervane
Interesting, thrilling, and at times, moving.

Yet this book is quite the mixed bag. The prose is, perhaps, below-average for the series. Repetition, bland phrasing, overuse of exclamation points, and lots of onomatopoeia are a few knocks against the style.

The plot is very intricate. Elfangor is thrown from one end of the universe to another, hardly ever having time to catch his breath. Curiously enough, though, while this book primarily concerns alien species, nothing is that foreign. Contrary to...more
Amantha
What a depressing book. I mean seriously depressing. It took me ages to read just because every minute of it is a real drag: Chapman is inherently evil (in spite of what we learned in book 2); Arbron getting trapped in Taxxon morph; Elfangor being responsible for The Abomination; Elfangor and Tobias' first and last meeting. Also wtf - technically Loren was still a kid (mentally and emotionally if not physically) when she had Tobias? That never really registered with me as a kid. It was never exp...more
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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This is the story of Elfangor, from his beginning as an aristh, an Andalite space cadet, to his time on Earth that no one but the Ellimist knows about. This is the story of what happened before the Animorphs.

The Andalite Chronicles, strictly speaking, isn’t essential reading in the Animorphs series. But if you want to know more about Visser Three’s host, Alloran, and how he came to be a mind-slave to one of the highest-ranking Yeerks in the Empire, then yo...more
Ariel
I don't know if I'd give this book five stars now, but Andalite Chronicles was my favorite book as a teenager. (I read it even more times than Martin the Warrior.) As I recall, this Animorphs installment looks back at the late Elfangor, the Andalite that gave the Animorphs the power to morph into animals and fight the parasitic Yeerks, and the clever, destined connections his past has to the Animorphs in present day.

I loved Katherine Applegate because, like so many fabulous young adult authors,...more
Julie Decker
Elfangor was once a young Andalite cadet, but despite his humble beginnings he had quite a significant role in the Yeerk/Andalite war. In a flashback during which he transmits his memories from the last twenty-one years, Elfangor tells the story of his first battle, his rescue of two alien-kidnapped humans, and his involvement with a weapon of massive importance: the Time Matrix. While simply trying to take the kidnapped humans back to Earth under the command of a disgraced war-prince, Elfangor...more
Summer
I am one of the many 90s children that grew up with the Animorphs book series. I decided to re-read them and see how well they held up against time; this time, instead of order of publication, I'm reading them in the suggested order by K.A. Applegate. I was surprised at the amount of depth in this book. Applegate doesn't gloss over violence and difficult moral decisions like some of the modern kids' series do. She and her characters confront them head on. I was glad she remembered that aliens ca...more
Jahn
Read this years and years ago, so my review is based on what I thought of it then (1997-99 maybe). I really enjoyed this book, and the series in general, as an adolescent/young adult (though admittedly I never actually got around to finishing out the series). Found the writing and the story to be engaging, and recommended it to my friends, and would recommend it to people even know if they are interested in this genre. Some older people would probably still enjoy the book, even though I recall t...more
Odette
Pretty darn epic.

More than pretty darn epic. We have cross-species love, insane time travel, alternate universes, bad guys and good guys in close quarters, betrayal... Basically, we have it all.
Jaimie
I've read the entire animorph series. This was by far, the best, and most interesting one. I love the Andalite world....the Hork Bajirs are my absolute favorite.
Almira
This was one of my favorite books from childhood. Katherine did an exceptional way of telling such kind of story to kids.
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Fry
Read this review and more at Romancing the Laser Pistol.

For those of you who don't know, I'm rereading this series. I remember this book coming out when I was twelve, originally. And while I remember grasping -most- of the concepts, I found this book to be one of the duller in the series. Sweeping tales of morality were not what I was looking for as a child.

As an adult, the prose was simple, a cantering lilt through the pages that had me at the end faster than I realized.

In an effort to read th...more
Swankivy
This goes into the past of the man who "created" the Animorphs as we know them; he's Prince Elfangor, an Andalite we only met in the series proper when he was dying and giving morphing powers to the scared human kids. Finding out who he was before that and what all led him to that ultimate destiny was thrilling.

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

In the beginning of this book the narration says that Elfangor was "too weak to morph," which is a bit surprising since the Animorphs appear to have ma...more
Favour
Well, it's been a while since i last read this book....can't give much detail. It was very intresting to read. I admit, it was a bit hard at first, and a tard irritating because of all the unrealistic details: planets, species, abilities, names etc but as you progress in the story, you are able to find yourself in a new world; a planet and galaxy of strange telepathic aliens with sharp tails(lol). I loved the little detail of romance towards the ending. It wasn't alot that it changes the genre o...more
Chrissyreads
I read this book close to when it first came out, I think. I saw it in a scholastic book fair thingy for those who remember. I couldn't tell you about the book really because I can't remember the full details of it but I can tell you how I felt when I read it: I was excited when I got it and loved it. I was deeply into Animorphs and I think it's a great series for kids to start off with in sci-fi.

Thank you to Katherine Applegate. You lead me down a path of fantastic adventure.
Mike
4.5/5

After reading this, there's only one conclusion I can come to: I waited way too long to read this.

Sure, it's not as good as The Hork-Bajir Chronicles or Visser. Those both had more moral complexity and focus on themes. But man, this book is still phenomenal. The story was epic - plain and simple. I won't do a full review, because this book isn't the kind of thing that's really meant for deep thinking. It's just fun, for the most part. Elfangor is also a surprisingly engaging character, and...more
Alex
I finally found this book at Half Price Books! Even though we learned the big secret in book 23, I was still excited about finding out how everything started.

I absolutely loved this book! I never read this one as a kid, but even as an adult I found this awesome. The alien worlds were so descriptive, and I am amazed at Katherine Applegate's imagination.
David
Got it Christmas '98. Finished it mid-January '99. If you're going to read Animorphs, start from here. This by far is the best book in the series. It's where it all began, and it finishes with a "passing the torch" from Elfangor to Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie and Marco, the protagonists of the main series. It also introduces the "mid-boss" Chapman, one of the many Yeerk-controlled characters who appears frequently in the series.

The idea of a Yeerk is frightening... A slug that enters your ear a...more
Infinite
The Andalite Chronicles tells the story of Elfangor, the andalite that the animorphs found in the constructaion site in the first book who gave the animorphs morphing power, also known as aximilli's older brother.

In the anadalite chronicles we get to see Elfangor's days as a lowly aristh to an andalite warrior, and all the heart wrenching choices and decisions in between. This book also explains some questions that many fans may have had such as, who are tobias's parents, how did visser three co...more
Bonesy
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
I chose to read this after the Hork-Bajir Chronicles because the events take place after that. We get to learn all about Elfangor's journey, which is surprisingly short in the grand scheme of things. It mainly takes place on the Taxxon planet. There's a lot of action in this book, but my favorite part is definitely when they use the time matrix to get to the bizarre Andalite-Yeerk-Earth planet. I loved Elfangor's relationship with Loren as the book went on. By the end of the book, the reader rea...more
Shinyfox
Although I am now an adult I decided to re-read the Animorphs series in chronological order, which means this book was first. This series was the one of the highlights of my childhood. I loved it then and love it now. But with age comes the ability to see what you missed the first time. Questions that I never asked as a child, concepts I never grasped. Make no mistake, this is a children's book & is shown as such by the simple writing style, but the author brought up some excellent ideas abo...more
Amanda
I got this book in a random grab bag of used books I bought. I was looking for something quick to read and the font was like 18pt, so I picked it up.
It was okay, I don't think I ever read an Animorph book when I was younger though. I think I would have been more impressed if I was 10.
Leon RE
One of the first books that got me into reading and expanded the way I thought. I read all three books in the space of 4 days, I could not put it down. This book not only introduced me to fantasy and fiction but also got me interested in science and learning as a kid. This book is an adventure full of suspense that is also very sad and at times very dark and creepy. Touches on questions and topics such as morality and war. The book is not without its flaws. As usual with Animorphs, some things m...more
Colleen
I will never forget the scene early on in this book: a Mustang, driven by an Andalite, across the Taxxon homeworld, as that Andalite drinks Coke through his hoof. So... I'm not really sure what to say beyond that. It's an origin story, so it ends with the scene any reader will be familiar with from the 2-minute recap at the beginning of any of the regular series books, but KA (or ghostwriter) does quite a job of taking a twisty road to that inevitable conclusion, and has several cute moments in...more
Natalie
When I was a kid, I read the Animorphs books and I also discovered other books that were either prequels or side stories that went along with the original Animorphs series. In the case of The Andalite Chronicles, the story follows the andalite prince Elfangor before he meets his death at the hands of Visser Three.

The adventures he goes through answers a few questions and reveals quite a bit of secrets and a little bit about the andalite culture, which I found very fascinating. I really liked it...more
Ria
Review to come, I need to figure out how I'm going to write this.
Emma
oh nostalgia
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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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