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The Invasion (Animorphs #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  7,651 ratings  ·  482 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 plan -- 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 cha ...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 5 of 5 stars
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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. Animorphs was one of those sci-fi series books that I loved.

The thing about these books is that they have already thrown us into an adventure of a lifetime. At the very beginning, the main characters have their lives turned upside down when they realized that their world was never how they though it was.

They meet a dying alien named Elfangor who warns them of another alien species that have infested s
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
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
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
On a warm night in 1996, probably somewhere in suburban California, five middle school kids took a shortcut through an abandoned construction site and changed my life.

This is a book series I've wanted to revisit for a long time, and the invention of ebooks has finally made it easy to tackle 65+ books without hauling my much-loved paperbacks (and a couple notably gorgeous hardcovers) around. Goodreads also makes it easy--maybe too easy-- to share my completely, totally biased love with strangers
Nov 22, 2009 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids, Younger Sci-fi fans
Shelves: animorphs
I read these about 10 years ago, so there isn't much I can say about each individual one. Instead I'll comment here instead, and add a few things here and there on my favourite ones throughout my other reviews.

This set of novels, incredibly numerous they are, got me REALLY HOOKED on reading. Going back to re-read them, I might be disappointed and have to change ALL of the 5 star ratings. To be honest, I can't remember all of the individual plots, because there are so many of them, and I'd have n
I started reading the Animorphs shortly before the eleventh book was released. I was in third grade then, and too old for the series when the last book came out. But I was still following the series, because the Animorphs were my favorite. I drove my parents crazy whenever a new one came out. (I ordered most through Scholastic book clubs, but that wasn't always possible.)

Since I've been saving mine in a box to give to future generations of my family, the re-release couldn't have come at a better
God, Animorphs.

There's something so intense about revisiting a text (or series of texts) not just formative, but reread so, so many times that it's become part of your psychological and philosophical makeup. Those big issues like freedom, responsibility, friendship and community, resistance and rebellion, perspective, sympathy, moral ambiguity, imagination and possibility, strength against all odds -- just some of the myriad woven through the pages of these books, treated genuinely and with resp
I used to own a lot of these books as a kid, and I absolutely loved them. I just re-read the first in the series mostly to see if it was even a little bit as good as I remembered and a little bit because I've forgotten enough of the plot that it was going to seem like a mostly new-to-me book.

The verdict? Not the best sci fi I've ever read ever, which was basically the opinion I had when I was young (though I didn't even know what the genre was at the time). But still, Katherine Applegate is a v
While this book lacks all the awesome factor as some of the others, I'd say it's pretty good! Granted, it's the first one, so we go through the introduction to the characters and the main plot and all that, but it's done in an interesting way.

This book is short and easy to read, but it is fabulous! The descriptions of what it's like to be an animal were great, the plot is interesting, and the characters are human. (By that I mean they act like real people, rather than a cookie-cutter character "
I first heard about the Animorphs series from my younger brother who read the books years ago as a kid in elementary school. Being in high school at the time I never paid much attention to them, probably thinking I was too old for these tiny kids books. I remember the books being popular, and even remember the T.V. series coming out, but I never got into them.

Now that brother is an adult, who recently re-read the books and told me he still thinks they're awesome. He also just gave the first book
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
Epic YA Reads
First I'd like to tell you how we discovered this series...
Our family goes camping every year, and when we go camping we don't take a TV with us - Yeah, I know, rustic right? So when Sia, Nick and Maggie were younger, we'd take a book along with us (usually a Harry Potter book) and I'd read the book aloud for an hour or so every night before we went to bed. Well, one year there was no new Harry Potter book out, and I didn't bring a book to read, consequently causing a general air of discontent a
Yumi Learner
As my New Year's Resolution, I made a decision that I would read 48 books in English without using a dictionary this year. I finished 28 books, but I still have to read 20 more to achieve my goal. Since my reading skills are not so good enough as my speaking and listening skills, it's difficult for me to find good books that I can enjoy reading without using a dictionary.

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine recommended to me one book called Animorphs. I ordered two of the book series and I rea
Janne Varvára
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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“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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