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The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs #12.5)

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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 (first published January 1st 1997)
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Meta Vashti
Aug 06, 2007 Meta Vashti rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2009 Aximili rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
hahhaaha oh no oh noooooooooo I finished this book teary and emotional in a Pret A Manger. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS. Right when you think you didn't care so much about Elfangor -- or, perhaps, did care about him but had gotten over his death -- then this breaks you right along those mended cracks and makes it so much worse.

You should all read this one after #13! I read it out of order, because my ebook was junked, so I came to it about ten books late. It's big, more than twice the size of a regul
Jan 11, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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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
Jul 06, 2009 Weathervane rated it really liked it
Shelves: animorphs
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
Ben Babcock
So … yeah. This book made me cry, at the end.

I remember reading the hard copy version of this as a kid and marvelling at how much thicker it was than your typical Animorphs novel. Don’t get me wrong—by that age I was already mainlining The Lord of the Rings and Dune, so I was already acquainted with long novels. Until now, though, Applegate had intentionally been keeping her stories not just short, but brief.

The Andalite Chronicles shook up that format, introducing a subseries of Animorphs that
Jan 12, 2014 Amantha rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2015 Almira rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books from childhood. Katherine did an exceptional way of telling such kind of story to kids.

Let's get this one by one, character by character, story by story. Because everyone has made me really mad. XD

The story was told from Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul's perspective. The beginning of the story shows him as a young Andalite aristh who wants to be a hero. Elfangor as a kid is a serious guy, with the great pride of the Andalite, and minds grandly about
May 13, 2009 Ariel rated it liked it
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,
Apr 07, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing

The ending and the explanation of Elfangor's decision to give the Animorphs their morphing power about tore my heart out. I don't remember, but I really hope that comes to light somehow for the kids later in the series.

I really appreciated this foray into the wider Animorphs universe. I think the growth of Elfangor was right on as well as Applegate's handling of the warrior culture of the Andalites and their inability to face the consequences of war. I wasn't all that k
Feb 27, 2015 Lora rated it really liked it
I'm reading these in publication order so I read this after #13. I was a little bit alskfjslkf to get away from the main 6 after what happened with Tobias, but I enjoyed this a LOT.

Little Elfangor is so cute and earnest and so over his head, I loved it. At the beginning he faints at being on bridge with the prince, and by the end ... well.

This is also one universe reboot "the timelines have gone terribly wrong, we must fix" things that didn't grate on me. (Unlike 11, which ... why did we go thr
Alan Gilfoy
Nov 14, 2014 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was amazing
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Nov 06, 2014 Katelynn rated it it was amazing
Yeah no that was brutal actually haha
Lydia Chew
Oct 02, 2014 Lydia Chew rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the sixth grade; it was on my homeroom teacher's bookshelf. Being so long ago, it wouldn't be surprising that the story is difficult to recall. What is surprising is that the small details have burned themselves into my memory. I couldn't remember the title, but I could clearly recall the image on the cover; I didn't know the main character's name, but I remembered his wife's. (view spoiler) ...more
Julie Decker
Aug 06, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 10, 2014 Riana rated it liked it
Elfangor is an Andalite - a creature vaguely resembling a centaur. He tells his story of going from a cadet to a prince and shares life-changing secrets.

Seeing as this is children's sci-fi, I read this book with an open mind, but ended up really enjoying it. It is an easy, light read, but with sufficient plot, action and intrigue to hold your attention and interest. The narration also doesn't have a childish tone as many similar books often have.

I am not sure if I am reviewing the correct editi
Jan 28, 2014 Jahn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, fiction
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
Aug 31, 2010 Odette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
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.
Jan 26, 2016 kazerniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
Boring and full of aggravating science bollocks.
Spoilers ahead for the previous novels, as this is the point where I drop the series (read from #1-#13 + The Andalite's Gift and this one):

I liked the first few Animorphs novels, but the quality keeps dropping, with ever more science bullshit and timewasting subplots filling the books from #7 onwards. Also the amount of major and minor inconsistencies and logical holes in the plot and worldbuilding is just way too aggravating.

The lately introduced
May 24, 2012 Jaimie rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 10, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
The Animorphs was one of my favorite series as a kid. It's probably what started my love of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Now I've decided, almost 20 years later to re-read the series. Unfortunately at some point in my childhood my Mom donated all my books (a fact that still makes me sad.) So I'm having to borrow these from the library.

I've decided to read them in chronological order because that's my favorite way to read things. So I started with The Andalite Chronicles. Gotta say, I feel like it holds
Jan 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
My memories of this book did not disappoint, and I could not put it down.

The scene descriptions, while short, were enough to bring all the worlds to life -- the Taxxon planet, the Andalite planet, the Yeerk planet, the Dome ship, the Skrit Na ship, and of course, Earth.

The Andalite Chronicles was the perfect length - everything felt paced pretty perfectly, and it was deep. I don't remember how I felt about certain aspects as a child, other than really getting into the story, but now I can read i
Oct 09, 2014 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
First of all, if anyone's thinking of starting Animorphs, my advice is to read this after you've read #23.

I love a good origin story, and this one was great. Animorphs is best when forcing its characters making tough calls and mistakes, and I really enjoyed seeing Elfangor - the great, practically mythical hero of the series - in that position. Same with Alloran - I had always assumed he had been another noble Andalite before he became Visser Three (confession: it took me a while into the book b
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Mar 18, 2013 Fry rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2014 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2013 esther rated it it was ok
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
Leah Bayer
I was obsessed with Animorphs as a kid. OBSESSED. My cousin and I used to pretend we were the shapeshifting blue aliens (and also that we went to Hogwarts, we had pretty vivid imaginations). I don't remember which of the books I read: I know I was like 15+ books into the series before I lost interest, and then I read the last one (which still makes me VERY ANGRY to think about). But what I remember vividly are the Chronicles books. I loved them so so much, and I still remember so many details.
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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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