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The Invasion (Animorphs #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,131 Ratings  ·  545 Reviews
Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the "light" was only a plane -- from another planet. Here's where Jake's story gets a little weird. It's where they're told that the human race is under attack -- and given the ch ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who need to know about the Yeerks
Rather than go through the 23482398 of these that I read as a wee one, we'll commemorate the one that got it all started. If you're my age, a boy, and at least a little bit of a dork, you read these books. They had everything I wanted at that point: quick, dramatic chapters printed in this super-cool space age font, badass fucking aliens (you got your giant centipede things, your huge warriors with bodies made of blades, weird blue centaur-things with stalk eyes and scorpion tails, and nasty-ass ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars THIS BOOK IS SO EXCITING. Kids morphing into animals, flying saucers, and allllieeenns!

We're discussing the first 3 books on the blog 10/31. I can't believe I've never read these before.
Don't let the rating fool you; reading this book initiated the most significant literary experience of my life. It started in grade school and ended much too soon in high school. I read all of the books in the Animorphs universe, and after years of dragging my mom to the book store to buy me the latest Animorphs release, I finished the last book with a feeling of gratification, nostalgia, and love.

It seems silly and frankly impossible to describe to what extent this series has touched me. It's n
Feb 01, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: the Scholastic Book Fair, 1996
So one of the things I did in middle school instead of being cool was read this series, over and over and over again. It's pretty much the reason I love reading science fiction; it was all up in my head and re-wiring my brain during my formative years. Over Christmas, my mom finally succeeded in getting me to brave her garage and pull out boxes of my old books that she's been storing for years, and what did I find in two of them but this series. They hadn't been touched for at least thirteen yea ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Cameron rated it it was amazing

If you lived through the late 90s at all, odds are you remember Animorphs. It was a best-selling middle grade/young adult book series,

a Nickelodeon TV show,

a videogame,

and a Transformers toy line.

I was a big fan of the show as a kid, I played the games, and had a big collection of the toys. (Yes, I still have them. Don't judge me.) However, I only read a couple of the books. I never began reading the series from the start. So, here I am! I'm finally starting at the beginning and reading on throu
Dec 10, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarking on my Epic Animorphs Reread 2015, so my read count is going to end up vastly skewed this year, but I'll probably just increase my reading goal once it becomes an issue.

I can't even count the number of times I've started rereading this series, but this time -- this time!! -- I'm probably going to manage, purely because I have them all on an e-reader now, which makes things a lot easier than carting around my battered, ripped, well-loved mass market paperbacks, which are all in stora
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Reread this in an hour or so last night. God but I love these books. And we've only just cracked the world-building in this first book. It's very concise but still fantastic, the morph acquisition is plausible, and the characters are well-defined from the beginning. Still so good.
Aug 05, 2014 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritebooks
Started reading Animorphs 'cause I wanted to see if it was stupid. Boy was I ever wrong. Kids are fighting against mind-stealing aliens in this incredibly spooky and realistic-sounding character-oriented saga. In the first book they figure out what the circumstances of the invasion are and are given their morphing powers. I read the entire series. It is probably a lot different from what you think. I read these for the first time when I was in my mid-twenties, so that should tell you something. ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my face the entire time I was reading this: :-D

Really, I couldn't stop grinning. Because Animorphs defined my adolescence. From my first book, received Easter Sunday 1997, through the bitter end (when I was finishing my sophomore year of high school), Animorphs was with me. I met my best friends through these books (and I met three of the women who stood for me on my wedding day through our shared love of Animorphs). So when I heard these were being re-released, it was fabulous. And whe
Alan Woodall
Jul 10, 2008 Alan Woodall rated it it was amazing
I have every single one of these books, from #1-54 of the regular series, the Ellimist/Andalite/Hork-Bajir Chronicles, Visser, all four Megamorphs, and the two Alternamorphs choose-your-own-adventure books. I have read most of these more than once.

While the books are very very formulaic and repetitive, particularly in action sequences and morphing descriptions ("He tucked back his wings and went into a dive..." "The feather pattern came up on my skin and burst into 3D..."), they have very lov
May 19, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these books as a kid, of course. The regular visit to the bookstore for new each installment was a big highlight of each month.

What's really amazing is the power these books have when you go back to them. There was a time when I was depressed, and in my angsty boredom I looked at the full Animorphs collection sitting on my bookshelf and grabbed one of them to read. At first, the large font and simple syntax were a bit jarring, and I didn't know how well these books would hold up. But almos
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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I’ve been thinking about this review for a while. There’s two major difficulties: it’s often hard to write a great review of an amazing book, and how does one review a book one has read a billionty times since one was ten years old? (That was nearly twenty years ago. I SAY NEARLY I AM NOT THAT OLD.) This is an establishing review as well, so it will be longer than my other ones.

Let’s start from the beginning. I first saw this book when I was ten years old
Jan 09, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing. Katherine Applegate presents a phenomenal story with five diverse, fleshed-out characters, and doesn't sugar coat it. This first book is fantastic and grips you right from the start. I love each of the characters and everything they add. Reading this again as an adult, I really value how this series doesn't ever talk down to the reader. Also the nostalgia value is off the charts!
Dichotomy Girl
Mar 14, 2016 Dichotomy Girl rated it really liked it
So glad I decided to read this series on a whim. It's actually really really good. (I'm about 2/3rds through the 2nd book as I'm writing this, and am really excited about the way that it's going.).

I guess I expected it to be, a bit cheezy, kinda immature, and a little dated, but still definitely fun. But it's really not, and it kind of makes me wonder why I'd never heard of this series before?
Ben Babcock

That’s it. Review done. Go home.

What else do you want me to say? This was my series growing up. Sure, I read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew—and someone was still writing new volumes in those series, too, updated for the modern 1990s. (I’m sure there is an entire PhD thesis devoted to tracing the ways those two series have been revised and rewritten and re-released throughout the twentieth century—and if there isn’t, there should be.) But it was probably an early indicator of my lifelong l
Apr 20, 2011 Issam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best nostalgic kick ever.

I love this series. So. Much. I started reading it before I was teenager, and was practically a legal adult by the time it was finished. These are the books that made me want to read. For fun. It has been such a huge part of my life, and it's such a great treat to be able to go back and revisit these stories as they are reprinted again.

Some things to note about these reprints: The books originally came out in the 90's, so expect the pop-culture references in these new bo
Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader)
My first reaction was "Oh dear, the writing is a bit ordinary..." A few pages later I was fully swept up in the glorious nostalgia of it all!

Animorphs was a huge part of my childhood. I read and reread the earlier books (I have no real idea how many times I've read this first one... Suffice to say my copy looks well loved) but somehow never quite made it to the end of the series. Hoping this may be the first step to finally fixing that in adulthood!

This rating is definitely highly influenced by
Feb 09, 2013 smalls rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: piper
Recommended to smalls by: jasmine
Another book my 8 year old asked me to read. We origionally got this book so we could get the book of the girl morphing into a Dolphin. My girl loves Dolphins. So we decided we should at least know what happens at first before we just pick by animals. She is currently reading the dolphin one now. I just finished this tonight. I never thought I would be reading fantasy and sci fi, but that is what my daughter has picked up recently. It is an interesting idea, and parts of it for her, mostly the b ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I've been writing about books that were formative for me in my childhood, but Animorphs was the first series that was integral to my childhood. This is the first series that I can remember waiting breathlessly for each and every book and being there the day they came out. My bookcase at some point was just a stack of Animorphs in numerical order. I was so into it that I could usually tell you what book it was by the animal/Animorph on the cover. I watched the television show, which to this day I ...more
I love sci-fi. It's one of my favorite genres and I've loved it ever since I was a little kid. I got into Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. Getting past the TV, I read many sci-fi books that captured my interest that became part of my childhood. Animorphs was one of those sci-fi series books that I loved.

The thing about these books is that they have already thrown readers into an adventure of a lifetime. At the very beginning, the main characters have their lives turned upside down when the
Mar 13, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing
My favourite childhood series. I doubt it holds up but I read every single one of them when I was 11 even through K.A. Applegate's multiple ghost writers in the later books. I think her letter to her fan's sums up what I liked most about the series, both as a child and now as an adult.

Dear Animorphs Readers:

Quite a number of people seem to be annoyed by the final chapter in the Animorphs story. There are a lot of complaints that I let Rachel die. That I let Visser Three/One live. That Cassie an
Despair Speaking
Are you up to some alien action?

What about some animals kicking ass?

What about a mixture of comedy and tragedy?

Shakespeare: the writer who likes to make funny stories and then kills everyone important in them in the end...

(Since we're in the subject of Shakespeare, I would like to add...


Then Animorphs is the series for you!!!

The Invasion revolves around a group of kids who happened to come across an alien ship after using a shortcut. The ship opens to reveal a dying Andalite

who tells them that
Nia Carnelio
Jan 05, 2016 Nia Carnelio rated it it was amazing
See, I've read and re-read this book several times since I was say twelve or thirteen. But now that I'm eighteen and in love with Sci-Fi, I'm going back to my roots and reading this was such a pleasure.

I'm viewing things in a whole different light. These young kids, teenagers are so fucking noble, so brave and this was one of the first books to introduce a black protagonist and a fierce female one to me. I have fallen in love with Rachel & Marco (probably my faves, tbh- Marco cracks me up),
Dec 30, 2012 Anh rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I came across the title on the internet and recalled the small paperbacks lying in piles next to my pillow ages ago. Let's see... that should've been in my 5th or 6th grade year. I never finished the series because my sister stopped buying after some 30-ish volume.

Anw, I suppose that's one of the first (and few) sci-fi YAs I've read. Likeable characters (I still remember I quite liked Marco), readable length (each has 2-300 pages or so), simple story with add-ons (sub-stories that happen in anot
Feb 24, 2014 Noella rated it really liked it
I remember loving the TV series when it aired years and years ago. This book brought back so many memories! The concept was, and still is, very cool! The story was fast-paced and I was surprised how a scene (view spoiler) was able to draw out sympathy and dread from me so early on in the book. I enjoyed reading about Jake and his friends' process of morphing into animals an ...more
Vanessa-Hayden Lachance
La première fois que j'ai lu cette série je devais avoir 10-12 ans environ donc dans le début des années 2000. La mère d'une amie m'a offert les tomes qu'elle possédait en cadeau c-à-d les tomes 2, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 et 30. J'ai lu et relu et relu (jusqu'à rêver que je me transformais en oiseau ou en panthère!) les tomes que je possèdais (possède toujours!), mais jusqu'à aujourd'hui je n'avais jamais lu le tome 1 ou la fin.
Hier, j'ai trouvé la série ent
Justyn Rampa
Aug 10, 2016 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing
I've long held the series, Animorphs, near and dear to my heart. A staple of the Scholastic Book Fair, it tells an ambitious sci-fi story of five humans who happen to stumble upon an alien in his final moments, who in turn warns them of an alien invasion...that has already happened! He gives them the power to morph and wishes them good luck and promptly dies in a pretty horrific way.

What is remarkable about the series is the sheer scope, for one. K.A. Applegate started writing each of these nove
Derrick Gordon
Apr 07, 2016 Derrick Gordon rated it it was amazing

I remember, in middle school, this series was all the rage amongst my peers. I had no idea why I walked passed it. Having read it, finally, at age 24 I know now it was definitely a mistake. This book took my interest somewhat by suprise: I had not expected it to be as deep as it was. The book starts by introducing Jake as a narrator: you can feel the stress in him as he desperately attempts to explain that something is wrong and begins to recount how his fight began. It is a clever intro that se
Janne Varvára
Aug 24, 2015 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some kids encounter a crashing space ship on their way back from the mall, and there starts their action-filled adventure of becoming animals in the fight to free earth of a secret, alien invader.

Am I reading this series again, 15 years or so later? Yes. Yes, I am.
These books are written in a laid back, youthful manner, and is packed with humor and fast-paced action. It also has a fascinating insight into the minds of our fellow creatures.
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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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Animorphs (1 - 10 of 54 books)
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“Oh, I'm sure we could talk them into letting us in for nothing," Marco said. "Just tell them
we're Animorphs."
"Tell them we're what?" Rachel asked.
"Idiot teenagers with a death wish," Marco said.
"Animorphs." I tried the word out. It sounded okay.”
“So, there we were. The five of us - Marco, Tobias, Rachel, Cassie, and me. Five normal mallrats heading home.
Sometimes I think about that one, last moment when we were still just normal kids. It's like it was a million years ago, like it was some totally different group of kids. You know what I was afraid of right then? I was afraid of admitting to Tom that I hadn't made the team. That was as scary as life got back then.
Five minutes later, life got a lot scarier.”
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