The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs 0)
An Andalite warrior-prince. The one who gave five young humans the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They are still out there, fighting an evil so powerful there isn't a moment that goes by when they can actually feel safe. Their story continues.
But this is how it all began.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
I loved Katherine Applegate because, like so many fabulous young adult authors,...more