The Message
Katherine Applegate
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The Message (Animorphs #4)

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It all started with the dreams. But Cassie didn't pay much attention to them. She and her friends had all been having weird dreams since they'd first learned to morph. Maybe it was just some crazy side effect.
Published (first published January 1st 1996)
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It's the fourth story about Animorphs. It's Cassie turn to tell their story.

A nice description about sea, its creature (whale, shark, dolphin etc.), and it is very interesting to know about dolphin feeling.

K.A. Applegate description about sea's creature is great. It's not common to tell a story about sea's creature. What I mean is, we have less knowledge about dolphin and whale and its point of view.

Yes, we know that dolphin have sense, and have ability to think, and often to jump out from water...more
Julie Sondra Decker
Cassie and Tobias have been hearing a weird distress call coming from under the sea. It turns out that it's a stranded Andalite ship, and Cassie, in an unusual position of decision-making, has to figure out what to do. The Animorphs run a mission to investigate the submerged ship, morphed as dolphins, and though they successfully enter the ship and find an abandoned and scared teenaged Andalite, the Yeerks have found the ship too. The Animorphs and their new friend Ax face Visser Three briefly,...more
Alan Gilfoy
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Animorphs - 3
Visser Three - 0

Well Visser Three hadn't won yet against the fierce 5, thank god.

Narrator: Cassie

Cassie is the best in morphing, the friend you wish you have, and she's so difficult to hate.

"If you're an Andalite and you're in trouble, who would you call for help? A fellow Andalite."

Fair point. So why did Cassie and Tobias hear the Andalite's message when they aren't Andalites?

Well, the morphing technology sort of binds the Animorphs and the Andalite who sent the message. The Andali...more
In The Message it was time for Cassie to narrate. From what we gather from the previous books, Cassie loves animals and conveniently, her parents are vets and they have a farm and wildlife rehabilitation clinic which greatly assist the Animorphs in obtaining DNA for their morphs.

The books starts when Cassie and Tobias have both been dreaming of the sea and they feel someone out there is asking for help; they think it may possibly be an Andalite. The Animorphs decide to scoop out the sea with do...more
Jackie Krasuski
I do not know how I ever would have survived junior high without this fantastic science fiction series. Maybe the story quality went down as the book numbers got higher, but the idea that aliens were invading our planet secretly... it was almost good enough for a young teenager to believe.
To the older fans re-reading the series, I have compiled the reprint edit list here:
This was the first Animorphs book I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart. I remember buying this book in elementary school at one of those Scholastic Book Fairs because it had a dolphin on the cover, but then discovering that this was an awesome series on its own.

This was the only book in the series I ever owned (though I have no idea what happened to it), so I read it more than the others. Because of that, I remembered pretty much everything that was going to happen. That didn't l...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Still not liking the new re-release covers. Also, I miss having the little morph in the bottom corner that you could animate by flipping.

This volume has the first example I've noticed of the re-release "updating" technology.
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Read this and more at Romancing the Laser Pistol.

Continuing on this journey, I've reached the first of many Cassie POVs. From what I remember, she was always a bit over the top in-tune with nature, a bit tree-huggy. Her first book is really no different. Based on dreams she has of the see and psychic conversations she has with whales, the team decides to take a deep sea diving expedition in order to see if something happens to be down there.

A little far fetched, and considering their first attem...more
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
Warning: This is a review of the fourth book in the series. Therefore, it might contain spoilers from the first 3 books.

This might be my favourite Animorphs book so far. It's narrated by Cassie, who's my favourite character. She's the one character who I don't find has any annoying characteristics, so her narration seems more neutral to me; I wasn't made constantly aware of the narrator the way I was with some of the others. The Message also has a nice plot arc that I felt was somewhat lacking i...more
The Animorphs respond to telepathic distress calls from an alien under the sea. As if their lives aren't already weird enough. . . .

Notable moments and inconsistencies:

Cassie points out that there are poisoned wolves being rescued in her barn. These same wolves figured into the plot in the previous book, but only one was mentioned as having been poisoned and the other had been shot.

Rachel's bulletin board used to have cute little inspirational quotes on it. Now the wise sayings include battle ad...more
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Technically 4.5?

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Cassie’s our gentle, empathetic narrator in Book #4: The Message. She’s been having weird dreams, like someone familiar is calling to her from the ocean. Tobias has been having the dreams as well. The Animorphs decide it’s a lost Andalite and go off to rescue him in dolphin morphs.

Cassie was my favourite Animorph as kid. I loved her. I loved her moral wallowing and her desperate need not to be responsible. But now I find it a bit annoying....more
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Animorphs does "Save the Whales." Sort of. Sharks and whales and dolphins, oh my. Dolphins named after FRIENDS characters. Why? The world may never know.

Enter Ax. The first major turning point of the series. A real live Andalite to help the kids out. Except for the fact that all he wants is to go home, and he's just a kid, like them. And he won't even tell them anything useful. Actually, he's kind of not really a turning point at all, more like someone to liven things up a bit. (I always did hat...more
The fourth book sees the introduction of a new character. This is largely a plotty book, rather than character development, this time, though Cassie does struggle with a couple of ethical questions. They don't seem quite convincing to me -- but it makes sense that she does ask questions, so it didn't bother me too much. It was nice to read a book in which the morphing is mostly fun and playful, and in which all of earth seems to join in on the side against the Yeerks. It's a little too touchy-fe...more
Cassie's first book, and her first experience taking a leadership role...ever, apparently. I want to like Cassie, but she's not grown up enough yet. She's scared--understandably so--but the hemming and hawing got irritating to me a little. I can't blame her, not even a little, because I'm pretty sure that if it were up to me to make life and death decisions that affected my best friends and the guy I had a crush on, I'd be just as nervous as her, and probably a much bigger mess to boot.

That sai...more
I used to love this series growing up. And while I do not love them as much now that I'm re-reading them--mostly due to the reading level/writing style--I am still finding them enjoyable. This one was one of my favorites growing up and it may be my favorite in the series so far as I'm re-reading them.

Cassie is my favorite female character of the group. She's a good person who really cares about both people and animals. Her little crush with Jake is also too cute. I like dolphins pretty well, so...more
(This review may contain spoilers).

So I've read book four of Animorphs for... well, I don't even know how many times I've read the first four books. It was interesting to see the storyline from Cassie's POV. I think Ms. Applegate did a really good job of giving each separate character his or her own voice.

It was also really great to meet Ax for the first time again. I forgot just how much I enjoyed meeting each of the characters for the first time.

I think the characters were really interesting a...more
Timothy Davis
I have a mixed reaction to The Message–the fourth book in Applegate's Animorph series. Mostly, I enjoyed it. Carrie narrates, illuminating her insecurities and their resolution. The plot is mysterious and suspenseful, climaxing with a great showdown against Visser Three in the ocean. The Message adds a new member to the team–I won't tell you who, but it's fascinating. This addition makes me want to read the fifth book. The only thing I didn't like was Applegate's description of dolphin intellige...more
This book contains one of the most major plot points in the series because it introduces Ax, the Andalite. And it's a good thing, too, because otherwise I'm sure a lot of people would just skip this book. Cassie's perspective is just plain boring. She isn't relatable like the previous three characters, and she's much more stereotypical/predictable. Basically she has this peace-loving tree-hugging persona, and everything she says and does relates to that. Going through the Cassie books can be a t...more
Another addition to the main cast, and an interesting couple of dilemmas: Tobias' status as hawk forces him to sit out of this mini-adventure, and the entire group must decide what makes their morphing different than the Yeerk's controlling.
The answer isn't incredibly deep or profound, but it makes a lot of sense and is something that a group of kids would come to on their own. They do what they have to in order to save the animals (and the planet) from destruction by the Yeerks, while the Yeer...more
So we now have our first alien ally. Ax is pretty cool. It's annoying how he can be in human morph, but I like his attitude. I wish Applegate didn't have him trying to eat everything though. I know that's a development thing and since Ax never went through it as a child, he'd have to now, but he is older and has more experience than a baby/child. He would know that some things aren't for eating--like motor oil, cigaret butts, plastic, and excrement. For Andalites supposedly being a more develope...more
This book was great, and while in my opinion not quite on par with some of the others, still worth reading. I am getting a little tired of the first chapter, no last names or they kill us kind of deal.

Communicating with the whale - awesome.

The other books seem to have better ethical questions, and I guess how they use the animals is important (in a way its like cloning), for some reason it doesn't seem as well developed.

On the other hand I did like "no decision is still a decision".

And the littl...more
This used to be one of my favourite Animorphs books so I almost gave it 4 stars, but after reading it again I settled on 3. It is good don't get me wrong, but there's something lacking about Cassie as a narrator. However, I would probably rate it around 3.5 stars since it is a book where the Animorphs manage to do something quite important and reading about them trying out the dolphin morphs is fun. This book also introduces Ax who is an awesome character, so can't complain there. Overall, a goo...more
Helen Mccarthy
This is a book in a series that my grandson is reading. Its a fun story of teenagers who can morph into various animal forms. Earth has been invaded by some aliens and it is an advantage for these young people to disguise themselves by taking on other forms. It's fun adventure but not very well written. I read it so I could talk to my grandson about it, but wouldn't recommend it generally. [In contrast, the Redwall series that I read some of previously is well written and fun for any age.]
I love Cassie as a narrator; she's the deepest and most eloquent of the characters. She's in love, but doesn't spend all her mental energy on her object of affection, like 99% of young, female narrators. The plot is really very simple in this volume, but she reads deeply into every situation. This is also the first appearance of Ax, a young Andalite, who becomes very significant to the Animorphs.
One of my favourites from the entire series, I've gone back to this book multiple times. A very good encounter story, with teamwork, new horizons, and interesting outside references pulled in. Character development is at an interesting stage and continues apace.
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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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“ Tobias asked.
"Weird? Weird?" Marco crowed. "The talking bird wants to know if getting information on
the location of an alien from a whale, that you've just saved from sharks, by turning into
dolphins . . . You're suggesting that's weird?”
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