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The Invasion (Animorphs #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,270 ratings  ·  419 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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Brought to you by The Moonlight Library!

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...more
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...more
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 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
Cheryl in CC NV
A short comment for every book of the series until I get a chance to re-read them. All three of my sons and I loved this series and read every single book - I even bought every single book (most, but not all, used; some through school book sales). I'm excited to re-read them to see how the five main characters develop and to watch all the different transformations again.
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...more
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 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...more
Jeffrey Long
I was surprised with just how much of this book I actually remembered, despite having not really read it since the mid 90's. As a kid, there are some things that just stick with you for life, and for me this series was one of those things, and it was so great to re-visit it. Basically, it starts off with a couple friends hanging out at the mall, Jake and Marco, and eventually meet up with social outcast and loner Tobias, with whom Jake wants to make friends with, as well as Jake's cousin Rachel...more
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...more
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...more
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 "...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
what a brilliant start to a brilliant series. K.A Applegate created an amazing series which was one of my favourite series to read when i was younger. I even liked the tv adaption of the books. I feel in love with these book, the story and the characters. Tobias was my faviourite. She started a new revolution with these novels as nothing had even been written similar to this, it was completly new and a fantastic read, i could imagine myself in their world and really see what was going on. The an...more
Julie Decker
Jake and his friends Rachel, Cassie, Marco, and Tobias meet a dying alien, who tells them their world is being invaded by mind-stealing aliens and that their only weapon is to accept technology that will allow them to turn into any animal they can touch. After wrestling with fear and denial, the group of children begin to accept their roles as warriors and begin to carry out their first missions trying to gather information about who is being controlled by the Yeerk slugs and what they are up to...more
Alan Gilfoy
"Animorphs off to a fast start"


I got back into the series years later after loving it as a kid. I decided to reread it in order. It's totally held up so far, maybe it part because it's one of those children's books with surprisingly grown-up themes.

The series does get off to a fast start both with exposition and action, a great pace that kept up throughout the whole book.

I noticed and liked the foreshadowing of Tom and Chapman being Controllers.

Visser Three's speech wasn't just classic villai...more
Jake Strife
Mar 09, 2014 Jake Strife rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jake by: Children's Book Fair (2nd grade)
As a child, I remember Rose Hill Elementary School (which is no longer), in Bellaire, Ohio. We would have a book fair every few months where they would get books for Scholastic and sell them for cheap. My mother gave me probably a budget of $20 and I got to choose a handful of books. I don't remember ANY of the other books I picked up that fateful day except this one.
It had the picture of a teenage boy turning into a lizard. It intrigued my young brain, so I grabbed it and bought it. I started r...more
Dallan Tucker
A race of aliens known as the Yeerks have invaded Earth, planning to use humans to bolster their planet-conquering army. In order to stop them, an Andalite prince known as Elfangor has come to Earth, only to be mortally wounded. Having been discovered by five human teenagers, he gives them the Andalite power to morph into any creature, hoping that they'll be able to fight against the Yeerks and save their home.

Here we have what is perhaps THE young adult series of the 1990s. I remember being a...more
A friend and I just inhaled these books when we were kids. It has been over ten years now since I read the series but I still remember how much I loved them. My only problem with them is that I would love to own them now but there are just too many of them. Maybe I will find them at a used book store someday.
Magadored in search of the world's crappiest romance
Holy wow. I've read these books 3 times in my life. Once as a kid who didn't know anything better than Goosebumps, once as a teenager addicted to LJ Smith's romances, and then once again as an adult. All 50+ of them.

Rather than review every single one, I'm just going to say it here and now that this is the most epic and hardcore kid's series I've ever had the pleasure of reading. When I read it as a teen I thought, what the hell, these are kid's books? Then trying again as an adult I can barely...more
I've been wanting to re-read the Animorphs series for awhile now, but my library only has a few of them. Luckily I found the first 7 at Half Price Books, and the library has books 8 through 15, so I can finally start the series.

I know I read a bunch of these (I think I stopped somewhere in the 20's), but I don't remember them very well even though I know I loved them. Sometimes when I re-read books from childhood, I realize they weren't very good and my nostalgia is simply clouding my judgment....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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“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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