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The Predator

(Animorphs #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,045 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Marco never wanted to be an Animorph. He never wanted the ability to change into any animal he touches. He just wants to chill. Whatever happens, happens.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published December 1996 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1996)
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The Predator is strangely named. I've been sitting here for twenty minutes trying to figure out who exactly the predator is in this book, and I still don't have a definite answer.

This book is nominally about the Animorphs trying to carry out Ax's plan of luring a Yeerk ship to the ground, stealing it, and then hightailing it back to Andalite space (where, theoretically, he can send reinforcements back to the Animorphs), but really, it's about Marco finally committing to the mission. Until now, h
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Except that I do think this one is a very good book due to their experience morphing ants (hands down one of the most terrifying moments in the entire series IMO, has lodged itself in my memory forever), and the lobster (also a moment which I thought of every time I eat lobster, whoops), and the twist at the end. Just, so good. So gutting, and sets in motion a really long-term arc. And now he's got his
robbie p.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

These books have ALWAYS impressed me, but this one. Oh my FUCKING dog..........So good. Marco is a gem and 100% my favorite character at this point.
Ben Babcock
We arrive at the last of the introductions to the original five Animorphs: Marco, no last name (as usual). He is, in our Animorph boy band, the Funny One (not the Pretty One, though he might try to sell you on that). (Debate which of the other Animorphs are which boy band stereotype in the comments!) He has spent the past four novels providing comic relief, sometimes at the most inopportune times, and generally being a dick to Tobias and Rachel, because he is scared shitless the Yeerks will kill ...more
Jonathan Pongratz
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five animal-morphing stars for this one!

This is the fifth book in KA Applegate's series Animorphs and this time we continue the adventure in Marco's POV. I have to say, Marco is probably my least favorite character so far due to his constant skepticism, but I have to say, his personality is consistent and understandable given his family situation.

This time around, Ax comes up with a plan to steal a Bug Fighter ship from the Yeerks in hopes of escaping Earth to warn the Andalite world about how
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In Book #5, newly rescued Andalite cadet Ax decides he’d like to go home, so the group decide to hijack a Yeerk Bug fighter.

Marco’s first time narrating an Animorphs book is another one you really don’t want to miss. There are two stand-out sequences: one is when the Animorphs morph ants to infiltrate Chapman’s house and steal a piece of equipment so stranded Andalite Ax can make a Yeerk distress beacon and steal a Bug ship to go home to the Andalite home
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Two amazing things happen in this one:

First, there's a lot of Ax. I love Ax. Give me all the non-humans having to pretend to be human. Give it to me all day. Thank you.

Second, Jake has to explain what a Starbucks is. He has to clarify for Marco (and the reader) that it is a coffee place. Wow! The '90s were such an innocent time, man.

Less innocent: already, these kids. Only five books in and I'm pretty sure every single one of them already has PTSD.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first five books each address why every Animorph decides to take up the fight. Jake has Tom, Rachel learns of Chapman's sacrifice for her best friend, Tobias has his special connection to Elfangor, Cassie learned the Yeerks will destroy the earth when they take over... but Marco. Marco doesn't want to be an Animorph.

Until now.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Re-reading the series up to where I left off, then finishing the series off. I can't believe how short these books are compared to how long they felt when I read them in elementary school!
Dichotomy Girl
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016, middle-grade
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I came into the first Marco book fully prepared to find his PoV annoying, and he's still my least favorite character, but: 1) The plot progression is broadcasted and exceptionally angsty, but also a strong emotional counterpoint to Marco's sarcastic personality. 2) This is top-tier body horror. I'm finding that I remember these books surprisingly well, and when ants came up I legitimately closed the book for the evening; and I was right, it's nightmarish as I remember. It's that balance of eleme ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, animorphs
The inclusion of Ax to the team is really what makes this book amazing. But for Marco, he finally has a reason to fight!.....It's about time.

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Amanda Johnson
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good. Some new extra interesting things happen in this one
Tommy Grooms
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All things being equal, Marco is the best narrator of the series. Following the theme of "why we fight," The Predator features a reveal that gives the most reluctant Animorph his reason to fight. This book was memorable not just for its twist, but for featuring Ax's first human morph shenanigans, a trip to the Yeerk mother ship, and the one morph our heroes agreed never to do again - the humble ant. I was REALLY into ants as a kid, and I remember loving how horrifying they were.
Timothy Boyd
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic SiFi series for a young reader. I enjoyed reading these with my daughter. The storyline is good and the plot interesting, wouldn't take much to make these great adult SiFi stories. Highly recommended
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
Giving the speed of light in Imperial units AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! What is wrong with the American educational system???

"Jake? Do me a favor. Don't ever say 'so far, so good.' The only time anyone ever says 'so far, so good' is right before every thing blows up in his face."

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand the genre-savvy prize goes to Marco.

Come to think of it, Marco is actually coming across as something of an audience surrogate in a lot of respects, given how often he voices exactly the sort of concerns that
Rachael Thomson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
2019: The Year of the Animorphs

While it is possible that Marco is my least favorite of the Animorphs, it certainly is appropriate that the first true dose of classic Animorphs body horror happens with him narrating. Marco is the least comfortable of the gang with morphing, and with the idea that he has become responsible for the fate of humanity, and the first insect morph, that of ants, is a good choice for him.

By Christ is it awful though.

First, they lose their senses of self, and nearly get
Jenny Clark
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, animorphs
So. Marco. He is pretty much what you see is what you get, in all honesty. He jokes to hide his pain, he worries about his dad. All already known. I hope his other books will help him flesh out some. (view spoiler) The best part of this book was Ax as a human. I love how he goes crazy over taste, and talking and his complaints about two legs. It was realistic in a way. He is a child and a child who has never tasted... Yea, I can see ...more
Reanna Patton
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
I can't believe I forgot about the big twist at the end of this story!!!! It really has been a long time since I've read these books. Still loving them. Still enjoying them. I think I really like Marco a lot better this time. I like all the characters. The one I always identified with was Rachel though. Not because of her fashion sense, but because of her 'go get it' amazon warrior mentality. I wanted to be her even though I was probably more like Cassie. lol.

Marco though... the ability to laug
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am reading the book anamorphs the predator by K.A Applegate. I think that the book is good and has lots of action in it. It has many parts that they have no clue what is going to happen. I finished reading it and it has been a really good book because they can morph into different animals when they need to. I like it because it is easy to understand what is going on and I know what everything that is happening. It really just makes you feel like you are in the story because of all the emotions ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 40-in-40-2019
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ax is feeling the effects of being stranded on a strange planet far from home and wants to establish contact. So the action starts off in a very “E.T. phone home” sort of way. Turns out, shockingly, that Earth tech isn’t quite up to the loft standards of the Andalites, so the first third is essentially a caper around the mall looking for adequate substitutes at Radioshack (oh, the 90s).

(Full review here at the
Nick Perez
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I grew up buying the Animorph books as they were being published. This was the last one I purchased, but never read. Now that I have kids, I read these to them every night before bed & our collection is now up into the 20s. My kids LOVE these books.

When it comes to #5, the kids did not expect the twist. They had gotten used to Visser Three as the main baddie, but the introduction of Visser One really got them excited. They made me read the final 20 pages in one sitting. Luckily it is summer
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: animorphs
The team goes to space for the first time, and only returns due to deus ex machina. While it was nice to learn more about interstellar villain politics, the bad guy choices here are a bit hard to believe. The plot of this volume hinges on several huge coincidences that didn't really work for me, but having part of the team turn into lobsters and almost get boiled for dinner was fun, at least. Also, the best scenes in a lot of these books usually revolved around Ax the alien eating human food, an ...more
May 18, 2017 added it
The lovely ladies of Morph Club are doing a book-by-book review of this series. So good.

morphclubcast episode 5
^ click to listen to fifth episode :)

From the site:
"Megan & Carey read Animorphs book 5: The Predator, in which Marco has some pretty good times and some VERY bad times. We talk about: going to the mall in the 90s, too many gross morphs, Ax's introduction to flavortown, why being an ant is no good and Visser 1's big entrance!"
Mary Thomas
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the more exciting ones I've read in the series. I hadn't planned on reading them in order, but after 1, 3, 4, and 5, I really want to see where the storyline goes and how this eventually concludes (if it ever does). Each book can stand on its own, though. I chuckle a bit at how the characters are in an impossible situation with only a dozen pages left, yet they still manage to pull it out. There was an unexpected twist towards the end that I didn't see coming.
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