The Decision

The Decision Ax And The Animorphs Are About To Have A Huge Problem It Starts When They Decide To Morph Mosquitoes In Order To Slip By Some Unsuspecting Yeerks It Ends With Them Stuck In Zero Space With No Idea How They Got There, No Way To Get Back To Earthand No OxygenLuckily, An Andalite Scout Ship Finds Them Before It S Too Late But Now Ax Is Finally With His Own People And He Doesn T Know If He Ever Wants To Go Back To Earth

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  • Paperback
  • 161 pages
  • The Decision
  • K.A. Applegate
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 9780590494410

10 thoughts on “The Decision

  1. says:

    Ax being all like My human disguise is perfect, I can effortlessly pass as one of them is so hilarious to me You d think his fish out of water adventures would get dull after a time, but I really don t get tired of them.Where this book goes, however, is so balls to the walls crazy and awesome KAA pulls crazy weird metaphysical stuff harking back to a throwaway line a few books back about the science of morphing in order to bring the Animorphs to the frontlines of war torn Leera, right in the trenches of a ground war on an alien planet To which I go FUCK YES We get to see our first proper alien world, the first open battle with the Yeerks, Andalite generals, and heroic sacrifice suddenly the series takes a left turn into something like hard military sci fi I really love the books that shake up the formula like this, expanding the world and showcasing than their backyard struggles against the Yeerks in their likely Californian neighbourhood.It also delves into of Ax s struggles split between the Andalites and the humans, his own species vs the one who took him in, and his divided loyalties between the two it s like the ultimate expatriate problem Each of his books brings him closer and closer to the Animorphs, becoming and one of them. The Decision is touching, exciting, and dramatic I loved this one.

  2. says:

    Remember back when Ax warned the other Animorphs that when they morphed smaller animals than their own body mass, all that extra mass was extruded into z space and just sort of chilled out there until they resumed their human forms And remember how he also said that spaceships also roam z space And that there was an infinitesimally small chance that said spaceships might hit their extruded mass And that no one knew what would happen if they did Well Turns out what happens is a great story that is one of my favorite yet in this universe I always love mythology and space heavy installments anyway, but this one also does a particularly nice job with Ax s character his loyalties are tested, as is the faith in his people , along with giving us cool action scenes and intrigue and aliens and space battles It s also nice that for a change the Animorphs and the Andalites, et al actually win a pretty big victory in the war against the Yeerks It s not just the Animorphs constantly being tested morally and physically and coming away and hardened It s also that sometimes when you fight, you win.I only have two complaints about this installment, and they re pretty minor The first is that Ax is very bothered by Visser Three having a morph that could only have been acquired on the Andalite homeworld, and this is supposed to be a message to him and us that the Yeerks have made headway onto that homeworld, a hint that maybe not all Andalites are as good and pure as they professed Only how did no one think the obvious here Visser Three s host body is an Andalite Who grew up on that homeworld And who had the morphing power long before Visser Three took him for a host So I know later some of the Andalites mention that most Andalites don t actually have that many morphs due to cultural practical restrictions, but it s still entirely possible, and the fact that Ax or the others never even point it out as a possibility really bothered me Also, it just wasn t long enough In scope, this feels similar to the story told in The Andalite Chronicles but is only given 1 3 of the length to flesh it out I wanted to see of internal Andalite politics, of the battles and tactics, of the Leeran homeworld, of Ax reconnecting to his people and learning that he s maybe changed too much to fit in with them the way he had in the past.Next up, the second Megamorphs Dinosaurs 4.5 stars

  3. says:

    I have a real soft spot for The Decision, because it is so awesome.I remember the Animorphs get pulled into Z space book from my childhood reading of the series but I didn t remember it coming so early I loved the whole concept Indeed, while not quite as long as the Megamorphs books, I d argue that the plot of The Decision is just as cinematic and huge as any of those books and maybe superior to some of them.We finally get Ax s second turn at narrating Applegate spaces out his books than the others, at least at the front end of the series, probably because for the moment his perspective is the most alien That makes it harder to write for longer periods, and also harder to read There s only so much you can do with the I m an alien and boy do I think humans are the weird ones stand up schtick but hey, Applegate nails it.After an opening with Ax in human morph going all out on cinnamon buns that can only be described as hilarious, he continues to deliver zinger after zinger in his observations about the other Animorphs, or about human society in general Whereas 8 The Alien is generally an introduction to Ax and Andalite society, The Decision is about the ways in which we prosecute war Ax was briefly in contact with the Andalite homeworld in his first book, but his role was largely one of passive soldier who received orders and followed them Here he has a active role, one in which he has to choose loyalties Because that s the kicker in war sometimes it s not even clear if the good guys are all on the same side.There are so many reasons to give this book five stars, but the moment that clinched it for me comes when Leeran Controllers start shooting at the Animorphs, who are in hammerhead morph Marco yelled Think about that for a moment To an adult reading this book, the reference makes perfect sense But I don t know about you as a Canadian growing up in the 1990s, I didn t know much about the Vietnam War I knew it was a thing that happened over the 1960s and most of the 1970s I knew there was a draft, and that Canadian had not only stayed out of the war but welcomed the draft dodgers But the moral complexity and ambiguity surrounding Vietnam escaped me at the time I have no doubt this allusion went over my head when I read The Decision as a child.So Applegate s inclusion of this reference speaks to the subtlety and layers she builds into these books For those kids who get it, it s an added bonus For those who don t, maybe it makes them wonder what Marco means by this comment These are not just fluffy adventure books war is serious war is hell and Applegate is not sugar coating it A whole ship of Andalites dies in these pages.Ax s need to choose between his loyalty to the Andalite command and his loyalty to the Animorphs underlines this idea that war is ambiguous and messed up We also get a good sense of why the Andalites are losing this war it s not that the Yeerks are superior so much as they are less picky The Andalites morality is slipping, as we saw from the revelations about Alloran and the Hork Bajir in The Andalite Chronicles even so, their arrogance is getting the better of them We are stronger fighting alone is the most BS thing I have ever heard, and younger Ben would definitely have picked up on that And even if he didn t, the tactical officer s change of heart prior to sacrificing the ship would have hammered it home sometimes you don t need to be subtle The Decision is nothing short of beautiful I first gave five stars to 6 The Capture because it is terrifying And while Applegate continues to show us the horrors and things that go wrong with war in this book, she also underscores the values of cameraderie, loyalty, friendship, and trust She combines the alien moved by humanity s passion and war buddies tropes and makes something wonderful.Next time, it s the second Megamorphs instalment, and you know what that means time travel and dinosaurs Off the chain My reviews of Animorphs 17 The Underground Megamorphs 2 In the Time of the Dinosaurs

  4. says:

    Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com Narrator AxPlot And we re back with another Ax book And surprising no one, we open with a scene of humor and horror as it appears that Ax has now become confident enough to morph human and wander around the mall all on his own Seriously, it s like the Animorphs are his parents and he s now this toddler who s been set loose on his own It s just irresponsible Of course, Ax is found in one place and one place only the food court where he attempts to get a job to fund his Cinnabun habit But by clearing tables he hears eat everything on the table, regardless of whether or not the person who bought it is done with it The whole thing ends with Ax causing a huge scene and needing to be bailed out by Marco who zeroes in on the commotion and has a sinking suspicion about who could be behind it.Our real story then begins when the Animorphs get wind that the Yeerks might be up to their hospital infestation plans once again And really, one has to wonder why the Yeerks don t always use this plan, it just seems like such an easy way to create new Controllers Erek, our friendly residential Chee, is the one to alert the Animorphs of this particular danger an upper level man in the Secret Service will be in the hospital and the Yeerks are planning something.They all decide to scout out the hospital, taking up a rotation of seagull morphs to keep an eye on things During his shift, Ax sees Human Visser Three show up at the hospital It turns out that the Secret Service man has slipped into a coma and is now unusable as a Controller, so Visser Three decides to acquire him instead But before he can, Visser Three, who is now at LEVEL RED suspicion of all animals he ever sees, spots a few seagulls outside, decides to morph a Kafit bird the Andalite homeworld bird that we saw in The Andalite Chronicles and attacks them Ax and Visser Three go on a chase of that ends with them both back in Andalite form on a rooftop ready to go to battle Visser Three, in his typical cowardly manner, chooses to flee the scene rather than fight Ax Ax has many emotions about once again failing to avenge his brother.At this point, the Animorphs decide that their best option is to essentially copy Visser Three s plan which was to acquire the DNA of the Secret Service man so that he could pose as him and gain access to every secret ever So what if one of the Animorphs was to morph him, walk into the Secret Service, and then morph and prove that there is an alien invasion happening After the usual debate about the ethics of morphing humans, the team decides to go ahead with the plan, except they know that the Yeerks are now on high alert Cassie s animal knowledge comes to the rescue again and she suggests that there may be another way to get the DNA of this man without being human and acquiring it in the usual manner They will all morph mosquito and get blood that way.The team all morph mosquito and are in the midst of biting the man when poof They are suddenly somewhere else Specifically, floating around in space and not fully formed Panicking and without air, Ax frantically thought speaks towards the Andalite ship he can see in the distance They are caught in its wake and he calls to them to save them He blacks out, only to wake up in the medical bay of the Andalite ship surrounded by some very confused Andalites and concerned Animorph friends An Andalite scientist is going crazy with their appearance, suggesting that it is a miracle of science, proof that the theory about extra mass going to Z space when one morphs a tiny animal must be true And that the passing Andalite ship had somehow sucked Ax and the Animorphs through as it passed their mass in Z space.The Captain and T.O technical officer of the ship order the human Animorphs to stick to their room and call Ax to the main deck They then inform him that their ship is en route to the Leeran home world where a massive battle between the Andalites and the Yeerks is brewing They don t have time to return the humans, and Ax is now a member of the ship s crew and must follow their orders Ax is both thrilled and afraid to know that he will now be in the midst of a real battle.But as the ship begins to descend, he and the T.O realize that something is wrong They are landing behind the Yeerk lines where they will be completely at their mercy It turns out that the Andalite Captain is a traitor The Captain attacks the T.O., cutting off his tail Ax panics and frantically tries to warn the other Animorphs Turns out, they re already in the room in fly morph, having disregarded Ax s and the Captain s orders to stay in their room Cassie begins to de morph while on the Captain s shoulder, providing a distraction Ax tries to fight him, and is saved when the T.O recovers enough to shoot and kill the Captain with a Dracon beam Knowing that the ship is doomed, the T.O orders Ax and the Animorphs to flee, and sets the ship to auto destruct in a hope to do as much damage as possible.They all morph fly and flee the scene As they run, Ax mourns the loss of so many Andalite warriors and grapples with his new reality where Andalites can be traitors and join up with the Yeerks willingly The rest of the Animorphs struggle to forgive Ax for so quickly abandoning them once he was back among his own people But their anger takes a back seat when they see the rest of the Andalite forces retreating, seemingly accepting that the battle is lost This isn t good for the Leeran home world or for the Animorphs themselves As was explored a few books ago, psychic Yeerk Controllers would spell doom for the Animorphs cause.As they flee the battlefield once again, they realize that Tobias is missing It seems as if he disappeared before their very eyes Frantic and scared, the group tries to orient themselves and decide on their next steps As they work through it all, Ax stumbles upon a theory for why the Andalites retreated as quickly as they did Leeran is made up of almost entirely water, with only one large continent The Leeran people live in their oceans and don t need this continent, but it is paramount to the land based Yeerk invasion to use as a base of operations Ax theorizes that the Leerans and Andalites plan to blow up this continent, striking a critical blow against the Yeerk forces that are all now gathering on the planet in their seeming victory.They get to the ocean, morph shark, and promptly run into some Leeran Controllers Luckily, they realize that they can essentially bite the Yeerk right out from the Leerans heads without killing the Leerans themselves The newly freed Leerans direct them to a Leeran city where they meet up with some Andalite leadership This time, Ax presents the group and insists that Jake is his Prince and the one whom he will be taking orders from going forward The Leeran Andalite forces have run into a problem with their plan the remote detonator on the bomb beneath the continent has been failing to activate for the last several hours Someone will need to go down and manually arm it The Animorphs volunteer At this point, they have also lost a few of the group, who also seemed to just disappear out of nowhere Before sending them off, the Andalite scientists theorize that these disappearance may be some sort of snap back that is flinging them back either to Z space where they are now dead or hopefully all the way back to Earth and their original mosquito morphs It is likely that it will happen to them all With this happy thought in mind, the remaining group sets off.Some hi jinks and battles ensue, but ultimately it is down to Ax and Jake racing through an underwater tunnel to get to the bomb in time, both worried that they will snap away before completing their mission Jake disappears, and it is up to Ax When he reaches the bomb, the Yeerks are there too He manages to arm it and relays back to the Andalites not to wait, but to set it off now, with him next to it Luckily, he snaps away right as it goes off.And suddenly they re all back in the hospital, biting the Secret Service man while in mosquito morph No time has passed at all, and they all re appeared at the same time, regardless of when they snapped away from the Leeran planet Bizarrely, mosquito Ax s bite wakes up the Secret Service man from his coma, and the Controllers in the room flee, not knowing what to do The story quickly wraps up with Ax making peace with the fact that sometimes your people aren t the same species as you, and that s ok And he needs to go eat Cinnabons immediately.E.T Ax Phone Home This is a big book for Ax and his emotions loyalties Finally back among his own people, he goes through a lot of emotional legwork from the beginning to the end Not only is he confronted, again, with the fact that the Andalite high ups want him to take the fall for giving the humans their morphing abilities to save the legend of Elfangor , but he has to figure out his own connection to humanity, and the fact that the Andalites are also a flawed species.It s pretty clear at this point that arrogance is the primary downfall of Andalites Not only can Ax not even comprehend the fact that one would be a traitor, but the Yeerks themselves are seen here to construct their entire strategy for taking over Leeran by counting on the fact that the Andalites don t play well with others, and thus they and the Leerans, while on the same side, seem to be fighting separate wars with the Yeerks So it goes a long ways for Ax to see the Captain turn traitor Not only does he now have a healthy understanding of the strengths and, importantly, weaknesses of his own people, but he sees the full advantages of working together with his human friends during their war on Earth.At the same time, he is constantly worried about striking a balance between becoming close and comfortable on Earth, but not losing himself or his Andalite roots After Jake snaps at him to get it together when they re all essentially wandering around aimlessly on the planet after the ship self destructs, Ax manages to find a kind of peace with things But even that peace is difficult.I felt strangely at home As though, despite Prince Jake s anger and Marco s sneering and Rachel s outright suspicion, I belonged with them For some reason at that moment, even with the images of death aboard the Ascalin fresh in my mind, I saw myself far away, in a very different body, eating delicious cinnamon buns with a mouth I wanted to be back there I wanted to be back on Earth Captain Samilin had sold out to the Yeerks Was I selling out to the humans The really big moment for him is when they meet up with the Andalites again in the underwater city Ax steps up to the plate this time, claiming Jake as his one and only Prince It s a big moment for him, and for the whole team s relationship with him.Our Fearless Leader Jake shows his leadership skills a lot in this book Notably, he finds a way forward amidst much fear, anger, and confusion once they find themselves essentially alone on a strange, alien planet Rachel and Marco are furious at Ax Tobias and Cassie don t know what to think but are each too passive to move forward Jake has to find the middle ground and re focus the group on moving forward and not spiraling into finger pointing and suspicion of Ax s motivations and loyalties We also see, for the first time, Jake not reject the Prince title when Ax introduces him to the Andalite leaders in the underwater Leeran city He knows that is important for Ax to have this moment cementing his loyalties and that the Andalite commanders will not respect a human Prince who would immediately undermine his own followers He s also the last Animorph to snap away and gets the farthest with Ax in the mission to defuse the bomb.Xena, Warriar Princess As we saw in Ax s last book, Rachel and Marco were the slowest members to warm up to Ax, so it s not surprising when they both react the mostly strongly at his abandonment once he s back with his people They are both very harsh with their language, but I can see their perspective in this situation Add to this the fact that Rachel doesn t handle unknowns well At her core, she s a weapon that needs to be aimed, and if she doesn t have a target, she will drive herself mad with inaction Whatever one thinks of the harshness of her reaction to Ax, the one time she really pushes him and he reacts without thinking by striking at her neck with his tail blade, she s unflinchingly brave, not batting an eye lash and standing firm behind her opinion This show of bravery and strength does strike a chord with honor obsessed Ax, even while he is hurt by her ongoing anger and distrust of him.A Hawk s Life As Ax s closest friend, it s no surprise that Tobias comes to Ax s defense after everything goes wrong on the Andalite ship and Rachel and Marco come after him Even earlier, while they re still on the ship, he sends Ax a private thought speak message to consider carefully who is people really are This doesn t hit home with Ax until later, but Tobias s quiet support and nudging of Ax is clearly important But, again, poor Tobias gets side lined early in the book, this time being the first to be snapped away There s no winning for a hawk who just wants to be a part of the team Peace, Love, and Animals Cassie s animal knowledge is both a blessing and a curse A blessing in that she s always the one to think of an animal morph that will accomplish a seemingly impossible goal bats to fly in a safe room, moles to tunnel to the Yeerk pool, and here, mosquitoes to get DNA It s a curse that often these same solutions are almost always completely horrifying Not only is morphing a mosquito, like all bugs, pretty disgusting, but the knowledge of WHY they re doing it.to literally suck the blood of some random guy is equally gross She also is the one to put together the dots that they should use a shark morph on the Leeran home world since they knew from Marco s last book that the Yeerks had planned on using sharks in their invasion.The Comic Relief Marco is almost as harsh as Rachel in his attitude towards Ax s quick abandonment of them on the Andalite ship Marco, especially, values loyalty and it is clear that he views Ax as having failed a very important test in this instance I will harp on it once again, but it s always interesting to see how often Marco and Rachel end up on the same side of things when the bigger questions are being asked Yes, they bicker and tease each other But philosophically, they are the most alike in their approach to this war and when it gets serious, we often see them united in their opinions.Best Body Horror Moment The description of their experience in Z space is pretty bad Not only is the entire concept disturbing, as was discussed when Ax first clued the team in on what happens to the extras when they morph small things, but while they are floating around out there, Ax describes being able to see through everyone essentially Like some type of gross kaleidoscope, with random organs and body bits all mashed together and see through Not to mention the suffocating thing It s all pretty bad.Couples Watch Not a lot here except for the fact that Tobias being the first one to get zapped away doesn t do anything to help Rachel calm down She was described as alternating between crying and raging after they first noticed he was gone I think she gets snapped away as well before they even realize what might have been happening At first, they re almost sure that Tobias must have been shot and killed.If Only Visser Three had Mustache to Twirl Visser Three is only in the first part of the book, but he does bring up a couple of interesting points One is the fact that now that all of the Animorphs know what his human morph is, you d think he d change it Seems pretty silly to keep walking around with one he knows they can spot Second, with the kafit bird, Ax is sure this is a sign that Visser Three has been to the Andalite home world and is very upset by it The fact that the Andalite Captain is later revealed to be a traitor I think is meant to justify this concern But how does it work with Alloran s original morphs that he had before he was taken over by Visser Three All Andalite warriors practice their morphing ability by getting a kafit bird morph, so Alloran would have this one So wouldn t Visser Three, too Without needing to go to the Andalite home world Also, the fact that Visser Three is a complete coward is no surprise to us, but Ax is very disturbed by the fact that Visser Three ran away from their fight on the roof.Adult Ugly Crying at a Middle Grade Book You have to feel bad for Ax The poor guy is trying so hard and the hits just keep coming from every angle You can t blame him for losing his head when he gets back among his own people, but then these early errors of dismissing his friends so quickly bite him in the butt in the worst way when the Captain turns into a traitor Then he s got to deal with his friends who are furious with him, while questioning everything he thought he knew about his people It s a lot.What a Terrible Plan, Guys Most of their main mission plans are good in this one Mainly, that the rest of the Animorphs ignore Ax and the Andalites and barge onto the bridge in fly morph It would have been the end of the series if they d followed orders like good, little soldiers But, at this point, they ve been fighting this war for a while so it makes sense that they wouldn t sit back and be content to stay out of things just because some Andalite higher ups said so But the original plan with the mosquitoes and proving there is an alien invasion happening thing has all of the usual flaws of these ideas I mean, if they ever wanted to really go through with this whole concept, there are easier ways to do it.Favorite Quote Of course, Ax s naive evaluations of his own ability to pass as human are always great for laughs.I am very good at passing for human, if I say so myself I have learned the customs and habits perfectly so that I seem entirely normal Do you want to order something the human said to me I require money so that I may exchange it for the delicious cinnamon buns, I explained The human blinked his eyes So you do want to order, or you don t Obviously this was a less intelligent human I wish to perform labor, lay ber, lay burrr, and to have you give me money Then I wish to use that money to acquire delicious cinnamon buns Bun zuh Also, a good example of Jake s leadership skills when he s talking Ax out of it when he s essentially breaking down after the deaths of all of the Andalite warriors in the ship Now, listen up, Ax I know you re feeling bad For lots of reasons, probably But you feeling bad doesn t let you off the hook Look, we got Andalites shooting at Yeerks We have no humans in this fight except for us Maybe you re not the big expert, but you know than we know So snap out of it Scorecard Yeerks 4, Animorphs 9A point for the Animorphs This is a big win, not only just saving an entire species planet, but the fact that Leeran Controllers would have most likely spelled the end for their own fight back on Earth.

  5. says:

    The Decision is another Animorphs book that I m really torn over.On the one hand, it s another great story for Ax development I really love the Ax narrated stories Beneath his unintended wit, he s a lost soul Thousands of light years from his homeworld, he s forever torn between obeying his people s laws and acclimatising to life on Earth In this book, he finally had a chance to return to his people and discovered that his Andalite superiors weren t necessarily the honourable warriors he d like to think.The story further develops the relationship between Ax and the other Animorphs, continuing largely from The Alien in this regard The others still don t really understand or even greatly trust him They know that, if given a choice between following Jake and following a member of his own species, he d inevitably betray the Animorphs trust Yet his attitude is slowly changing and I m interested to see what will happen in the next Ax story.Yet on other other hand, the story of this book is very weak So little is resolved in this novel We don t find out what ultimately happened in the Yeerk s attempt to take Hewlett Aldershot III, we don t learn if the attempt to save Leera was successful and we don t even learn why Andalite s would betray their race and side with their sworn enemies especially if they re not Controllers The end of the story is very sudden and doesn t really tie up a lot of loose ends I really hope that these points are picked up again in future novels as, otherwise, this plot line has been rather pointless.Ultimately, this was a pretty average Animorphs book Here s hoping that the next Megamorphs 2 is going to be better.

  6. says:

    There s a huge amount going on in this book, and it s handled pretty well I appreciate that it picks up previous worldbuilding elements elaborations on Andalite culture are never particularly interesting, but everything else from the speculative elements to the alien ecosystem of the water planet is The Andalite Chronicles, The Warning Book 16 , and The Decision Book 18 are part of an ongoing conversation about ethics, particularly Human vs Andalite ethics and social politics, and racial hegemony in the face of the Yeerk threat , and it dovetails nicely with Ax s identity crisis and his dynamic with Jake It s tainted by the necessary but unsuccessful humor that frames this book I just can t buy that Ax is this bad at comprehending mimicking human behavior , but the overall thrust is surprisingly tense and nuanced.

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    One of the surreal Animorphs books All kinds of weird stuff happens when the characters accidentally go to Z space while sucking blood as mosquitoes, not vampires , and they meet Andalites and psychic frog people.Notable moments and inconsistencies In a previous book, the planet of the Leerans was mistakenly referred to as Leeran repeatedly Now in this book and from then on it s referred to as Leera It seems odd that Ax is so perplexed at one point that Visser Three has a kafit bird in his morphing repertoire After all, Visser Three s host body is Alloran, an Andalite military officer, and that guy probably had plenty of morphs before he was infested Ax s own brother had a kafit bird to morph into because it was a morph offered in training why would it be so odd that Alloran and therefore Visser Three had been exposed to it However, Ax suddenly being obsessed with what if the Yeerks have been to my planet seems a bit silly when considering that in a previous book Alloran used his brief seconds of freedom to tell Ax that the Yeerks had infiltrated the home world When Visser Three morphs a kafit bird, it s unclear what happens to a Yeerk if it uses a host body to morph something with a head smaller than a Yeerk Is the Yeerk being somehow shrunken and incorporated bodily into the animal that s being morphed If the creature is too small to fit a Yeerk inside its head, it seems like the Yeerk shouldn t be able to morph it, though if the Yeerk itself had morphing powers that would be different Ax s narration also mentions that the kafit bird has six wings, but in another book it s said that it has six pairs of wings.It s odd that DNA can t be acquired from a dead animal, but it can supposedly be acquired from blood that s been removed from the source It s not clear why that is or where the dividing line is between when a part of someone is a good source for acquiring DNA or when it s no longer useful because it s dead Ax decides to use himself as a diversion at one point, thinking he can distract Controllers by appearing as an Andalite But when he flies into a hospital room in harrier morph and begins to morph back to his natural form, the sleeping human in the hospital bed near him wakes up and sees him This seems like an unusually foolish thing for Ax to do in a hospital run by Controllers, it was certainly possible for anyone who s been admitted there to have been infested It turned out this kid had not been, but it still seems like unnecessary risk in exchange for a silly joke where Ax tells the girl, who thinks he s a fairy, that he s an Andalite.Leerans apparently have a deity named Cha Ma Mib.An Andalite tactical officer named Harelin gets his tail sliced off in a battle, and Ax comments that he s sure the guy would rather die than live without a tail Perhaps it s just unclear overall, but it seems like it was established that all Andalite military get the morphing power Since the Animorphs have repeatedly used it to heal their injuries, it seems that as long as this T.O could live long enough to morph where he wouldn t be seen, he could heal his wound and regrow his tail Why would Ax be assuming this guy was going to live without a tail It also seems odd that the T.O would blow up a hundred Andalites when theoretically some of them also could have morphed and escaped to fight.The aforementioned T.O s full name was Harelin Frodlin Sirinial, but the first couple times he was mentioned, his name was written as Hareli, without the final N.The Leeran thought speak is normally relayed in underlined, italicized text instead of the greater than less than brackets usually used to indicate Andalite and morphed creatures thought speak However, even though this underlined italicized text convention was used the first time a Leeran Controller showed up in a previous book, Yeerks piloting Leeran hosts in this book used normal thought speak until it was the actual Leerans speaking to their shark morphed saviors Ax s narration identifies this thought speak as different, but there s no explanation for why it wasn t different when the Yeerks were speaking to them using the Leerans telepathic speech.Leerans are capable of regenerating body parts.A continuity glitch At one point everyone demorphed and so the only person who should have been able to use thought speak was Ax Tobias wasn t there Despite that, Jake was twice quoted as relaying his words in thought speak even though they d just been ordered to demorph and no one had re morphed anything else.The doctors weren t optimistic at all for the revival of the Secret Service agent in a coma And yet for some reason he wakes up out of the blue while the Animorphs are biting him as mosquitoes It s unclear how doctors could think someone was irreparable and then he d awaken with full consciousness and no lingering after effects.

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    Brought to you by The Moonlight Library Ax and the Animorphs morph mosquitoes in an attempt to steal an important guy s blood and morph him while he s in a coma arranged by the Yeerks While in mosquito morph, their excess mass in Zero Space falls into the wake of a passing Andalite ship on its way to participate in the war on Leera You remembers the Leerans from Book 15, where the Yeerks attempted to infest hammerhead sharks so they could take on the Leeran underwater world They re psychic amphibians.The Andalites rescue the Animorphs, and Ax immediately transfers his allegiance to his own people, much to Jake s annoyance Turns out the Andalite captain is a traitor and the Dome ship is destroyed the Animorphs escape, obviously , so while Rachel and Marco are raging and Tobias and Cassie come to Ax s defence, Jake gets all so what do we do on Ax s ass And Ax hates being a leader But he s clever enough to figure out what the Andalite plan is, so the Animorphs have a mission after all.Also, Visser Three morphs a kafit bird one of the compulsory morphs for any Andalite in the military and Ax for some reason thinks this means Visser Three has been on the Andalite home world, not that it s one of the first morphs Alloran ever did Hello, Elfangor totally morphed on in the Andalite Chronicles Ax would have the morph as well Yet he can t think that Alloran would have it Totally weird, Ax, totally weird.The Leerans are a race of psychic amphibians They can read each other s thoughts When the Animorphs morph Leerans, they turn off their psychic sense Ax remarks that it s very lonely, being a psychic with no power His loneliness really revolves around this entire novel, because he gets to be among his people again and declares that Jake is no longer his Prince Harsh He does revert his loyalty, because he s come to realise that he no longer knows who his own people are Are they the Andalites who betrayed him, that have heard of his exploits but haven t sent any help, or are they the humans with whom he lives Because this novel deals with an outer Earth conflict, it s relevance to the overall plot of the Earth based war is minimal However, as it is a continuation from the events in Book 15, and as about the Andalites in general are revealed, including the confession that soldiers don t really morph and the technology is usually only used by spies so the Animorphs are the only ones with capable morphs to save the day, I think that makes this book one of the important ones in the series and it shouldn t be missed Besides, it s Ax He s hilarious in his own unassuming, dry way.

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    It s back in Ax s POV and the Animorphs and they have been informed by Erek that the Yeerks plan to control the second highest person in the Secret Service who s currently in coma and work their way up The Animorphs come up with a plan but all goes haywire when they are pulled through Zero Space and cross the path of an Andalite ship I enjoyed this installment a lot because we finally get a glimpse of the universe beyond Earth These books always have brief descriptions of the characters and the creatures introduced so I felt like The Decision could work really well as a standalone since most of the species introduced in the series thus far were mentioned Hork Bajirs, Taxxons, the Chee, Andalites and Leerans I enjoy devouring this series as much as Ax enjoys eating Cinnamon Buns Bun zuh.

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    The 18th stories about Animorphs Aximili hereAnimorphs on a mission to prevent Yeerk controling a top goverment secret agent When they turn into mosquito, plop they find themselves in Planet Leeran.There s a battle between Yeerk against Leeran Andalite, where Yeerk s troops outnumbered the Andalite s n Leeran s.So, how they help to win the battle I like these sentences Leeran Where sky meets sea, Leeran, Andalite and human stand united Each with our weaknesses Each with our strengths.Ax Marco Free people who get together to defend freedom are never weak.

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