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The Android (Animorphs #10)

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When Marco runs into his old friend Erek he doesn't think too much of it. He's got a couple of more important things to do. Like helping to save the world. But then Marco finds out Erek's been hanging with some of the kids at The Sharing. And he starts to think that something just a little weird is going on.
Paperback, An Apple Paperback, 170 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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When the Animorphs notice that a school friend of theirs isn’t entirely human and is involved in the Sharing, the Yeerk front organisation that preys on the socially weak, they decide to investigate, only to find out he’s an ancient android called a Chee created by an extinct pacifist race called Pemalites. The Chee can’t fight the Yeerks, but they can if the Animorphs retrieve a special crystal computer the Yeerks are currently guarding in a high-security
Ben Babcock
Jun 12, 2015 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
The Android is an excellent example of the greatness of the Animorphs series. If you were going to jump in to this series rather than start from the first book, you could do worse than start here. In addition to the now-boilerplate introduction required to get such new readers up to speed, Applegate continues to expand the mythology of the series. We meet the Chee, programmed to be peaceful by the joy-loving but now extinct Pemalites. And Marco’s parent—this time his dad—is threatened again by t ...more
Wow, there was some pretty great stuff in this book. I loved the Chee and their history, and even the thing with the dogs, cheesy as it was, and the whole contrasting theme of violence and what it does to the people who commit it was really well done. And, well. For me with my fear of spiders the morph-typical body horror just reached entirely new dimensions with Marco and Ax's spider morph. The pacing (I keep going on about books' pacing somehow...) was really solid this time around too, which ...more
Valerie Newby
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Julie Decker
Aug 05, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
The Animorphs discover that there's something strange about a local kid named Erek. While investigating him in spider morph, they discover that he appears to be an android, but Erek discovers what they are too during this encounter. He makes a deal with Marco and asks the group to come to his house so they can discuss becoming allies. There, the Animorphs discover that Erek is only posing as human and is actually one of an ancient robotic race called the Chee, which was created by the extinct Pe ...more
Alan Gilfoy
Jul 17, 2014 Alan Gilfoy rated it it was amazing
"Heavy stuff and the action keeps up"

The concert stunt reminds me of the mouse stunt in Megamorphs #1 - Marco insists upon it, and another Animorph reluctantly goes along with it to protect him. I like how it incidentally obtained intel.

This continued the series' real animal facts subtheme well.

I know what's going on with Erek, but I figure the storyline would've played well to people new to the series. Based on just this book, it is a mystery what he was up to, including the twist that he's an
Jun 24, 2014 Almira rated it really liked it
Marco's narration.

This one's pretty sad so I guess I'll try not to cry, hahajk.

Well there is something chill with Marco's way of narrating. I really like his narration. I mean, Tobias might be my favorite but Marco's narrations are hella. I'm not gonna do a review for this, just a compilation of stuffs. xD

Marco describes Rachel:
Then, there's Rachel-who-thinksshe's-Xena. - Warrior Princess.

She was standing in the middle of the barn floor, looking immaculate, as usual. Rachel is one of those girls
Mar 26, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Do you know how hard it was for me to read a book with a giant tarantula on the cover? And then to read about people BECOMING TARANTULAS? Scarring. This is how much I love your characters, Katherine Applegate, that I read it anyway.
I loved that we get more of Marco's interactions with non-Animorphs in this, especially surrounding the "death" of his mother. The Chee were a bit much, though; I feel like Applegate was just starting to comb through necessary sci-fi tropes, and androids had to come i
Feb 21, 2015 Lora rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what it says about me that I remembered Marco's line about Z-space being like hanging your butt out of a car window and waiting for a truck to sideswipe it off, and Jake telling him to title his essay "the use of rhetoric to obscure a lack of content" but I completely managed to forget the actual titular plot.

That's kind of how I feel about this book in general, really? The characters and personal stuff is what stands out to me. All the stuff with the androids is kind of in the back
Chelsea Gouin
Jan 27, 2015 Chelsea Gouin rated it really liked it
Wow, I had thought this was going to be a fun adventure considering Marco was our narrator. However, it took a dark turn this volume as these kids once again are faced with very adult situations. the title of this volume gives away the big reveal of Erek...sort of. Minor spoilers ahead, stop reading if you if you don't want to know...but Erek is actually another species of alien and his people are "peaceful". This upsets Marco as they have the means/power to put a serious hurting on the Yerks. M ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Noella rated it really liked it
Marco's back! It was good to have Marco's POV following the previous book (Cassie) because he was more comical and fun yet serious when he needed to be. The Animorphs discover a species, the Chee, who are quietly fighting against the Yeerks. Unfortunately for the Chee they stray away from violence so they can't really join the Animorphs in any physical battles against the Yeerks. Nevertheless they are able to help in other covert ways. A great addition to the series, showing us that Jake, Marco, ...more
K. Applegate:
Credevi che sarei andata avanti con la storia eh? E invece:

Il difetto peggiore dei suoi libri è che sono BREVI, troppo brevi. Questo però li rende anche ricchissimi d'azione ed è pur vero che ogni volume ha un suo senso anche se preso singolarmente; quindi non dovrei lamentarmi. Ho recuperato questo volume per caso, ma così ho potuto "provare" anche la serie Animorphs. Decisamente consigliato ai lettori più giovani!
Jan 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
How come I didn't really remember the tough exchanges like the last quote under the cut from when I read these books as a kid? Mostly I just remembered the morphing, the fighting of the Yeerks, among a few other details, but not just how much time is spent on the emotional impact all of this fighting has on the Animorphs. Regular nightmares, the horrible things they see and even do, all to protect humanity. These books really do have more depth and potential for discussion than many children's b ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
The last time I reread this book, just a few years ago, I was reduced to ridiculous weeping over the ending. I looooove tales of alien species and their A.I. companions (don't get me started on the tears I've shed for the Geth in Mass Effect), so this is up my alley: something about the Pemalites and Chee and dogs just really, really hit close to home and left me staggered. The mission starts off cool and awesome (I am perpetually in favour of anything that is like a pitch-black heist, sneaking ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Both as a child and as an adult, I find the ending profound. (view spoiler) Human memories unfortunately fade over time; this is why it is easy to see throughout history that the same "mistakes" are repeated. However, the fact that time can dull the pain of memories is what makes it possible to heal from traumatic experiences.

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Alexis Masters
This one blindsided me a bit. Definitely not my favorite in the series. I've got nothing against androids or robots in a sci-fi book, of course, but the thought that all the dogs on earth are soul-holders for some super-advanced peaceful race was too much for me. Dogs are fun and friendly, yes, but have you ever seen an angry dog? They aren't messing around. If this peaceful, we-evolved-so-much-we-forgot-how-to-fight race is now living as dogs, then someone explain to me how dogs can still be an ...more
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
Warning: This is a review of a book that is not the first in its series. It may contain spoilers from earlier books.

While in dog morph, Marco comes across an old school friend of his, Erek, handing out flyers for the Sharing. The weird thing is, Erek doesn't smell human. Even a human with a Yeerk in his head would still smell human. When Erek gets hit by a truck, his holographic human body flickers, and for a moment his metal body beneath is revealed. The question is, whose side are these androi
Oct 07, 2011 Weathervane rated it liked it
Shelves: animorphs
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Eliana Lima
Jun 26, 2013 Eliana Lima rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddie-lit
Another fantastic Animorphs book despite the spiders -shudder- Here's what stood out to me in this volume:

-Everyone making fun of Marco's haircut was funny and him getting all self-conscious about it was cute.
-I liked that Jake and Marco used their dog morphs to sneak into a concert. It's good to see them using their powers for fun every now and then. Cuz, c'mon that's what we would do amirite?
-More moral issues about violence getting personal vs. just fighting to save random innocents.
-Loved t
Aug 05, 2014 Swankivy rated it really liked it
The Animorphs discover that their friend Erek is actually a millennia-old android. This is neat because the universe really starts to open up for this series. Earth isn't just the newest place the bad guys have struck; it's been involved in interstellar travel and galaxy-wide events for billions of years. Wow!

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

It seems to be pretty common now for books to start with a main character morphing for personal reasons while knowing Jake doesn't approve.

Man--this was totally evocative of some of the best Isaac Asimov/Vn/Scott Westerfeld artificial intelligence novels. The title definitely gives away a lot of the plot but at the same time it was definitely more of a mature plot and a good introduction to some classic sci-fi.

That's what these books are--sci-fi training wheels. It's great, I love it, and I'm LOVING all the 90s references in here.
Jan 04, 2011 Marchel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: remaja, adventure
It's the tenth story about Animorphs. It's time for Marco now...

Animorphs found out that there is another race in the earth. There's one "race" had come thousand years ago to our earth. Not a living being though, only somekind of android. Android that create by race name Pemalite. Luckyly this android support Animorphs, not against them.

Powerfull enough to destroy entire batalion of Yeerk by single fighter only. But, this kind of android can't fight with violent. Pemalite made them non-violent a
Jul 29, 2011 Bonesy added it
This is one of the best major plot points in the series because it introduces the Chee, a race of dog-like robot creatures. It also implies that Alanis Morissette and The Offspring could ever do a show together. Applegate does tons of animal research, but she can't even do a quick Internet search to look up band genres? I kid, I kid. The Internet was so messy back then, I'll be some bogus website DID compare Alanis and Offspring on some level. Anyway, this book is pretty badass because it featur ...more
Ainnur Bugs
Apr 29, 2008 Ainnur Bugs rated it liked it

Animorph ini bacaan waktu SD, baru baca ampe no.10an..abis itu ga dilanjutin lagi. wahh, ga nyangka banget udah nyampe no puluhan skrg.dah ktinggalan banget!!tp, buku ini emang keren,kok!apalagi dulu kan jaman sD yg masih suka terimajinasi ama tokoh-tokohnya.dr sekian buku animorph yg aq baca, aq paling suka buku yg isinya waktu si Tobias ga bisa balik lg jd manusia. dia terperangkap dgn wujud elang ya klo ga salah...sedih bgt,pdhl dia itu kayanya kerennn bgt(gambaran aq wktu kcil;p).
Aug 31, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2015
I like the introduction of Erek and getting to know more about other alien races. It's too bad Erek and the Chee didn't work out to be exactly the ally they were hoping for but it's good to know they have at least some kind of ally out there, even if it's one that can't physically fight.
Scout Mason
Nov 04, 2008 Scout Mason rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2015 内森 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Animorph books. Really it could be called the Chee chronicles which I always thought was kind of cool. It is fun to read that they were trying to attend a 9 inch nails concert which dates the book a bit now.
Jul 14, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
Another great Animorphs re-read.

I love when Marco is the narrator. Even when the plot is dark, Marco manages to make it funny.

I don't know if Erek will make an appearance again in the series or not, but I hope so.
Jun 02, 2013 Tanvi rated it liked it
The Android is probably the essential Marco book for me, and indeed the essential Animorphs book. It hits all the right buttons: great characterisation, humour, lighter moments, darker moments, more serious parts, a subplot with stakes for Marco (the narrator), and of course a wider plot that actually goes on to have some meaning later in the series rather than being tossed out the window. And - wait for it- awesome worldbuilding. Sure, more use could have been made of the Chee, but what we got ...more
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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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