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Books 13 and 14 of 2018: The Invasion (Animorphs #1), The Visitor (Animorphs #2)

The Invasion (Animorphs #1) by K. A. Applegate
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Loved (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

After many recommendations, I finally started this series. For those who aren't familiar with the story, the first book introduces us to what I assume will be the plot of the whole 54 book series. There's a war going on between aliens, and Earth is under attack without the humans knowing about it.

The bad guy aliens (brain slugs), take over the body of whatever other creature they want. Unknown to all humans, a bunch of humans have brain slugs already in their heads.

Some good guy aliens (freaky deer-like things) show up and give a group of teenagers the ability to absorb animal DNA and then morph into that animal, to help fight against the brain slug guys.

Now those kids (the animorphs) have to fight off the aliens.

I suspect my reviews won't be long, both because the books themselves are short, and because I bet each book will follow the pattern "kids acquire new animal DNA, use that morph to fight the brain slugs". This first book was pretty darned enjoyable though! Serious, dark enough, and fast-paced action.

The Visitor (Animorphs #2) by K. A. Applegate
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Second verse, same as the first.

Kids acquire new animal DNA, use to fight the brain slugs. POV in this second book was a different one than in the first, which threw me off for a time. Also, this book had a teenage drama subplot, which didn't work for me, but still it was mostly enjoyable.

And I should note that the POV of a kid in an animal's body is really well done! The way their thoughts and instincts change is quite enjoyable to read.

On to the third book!
Tags: #1, #1), #2, #2), 2018 books, book review, book: the invasion (animorphs, book: the visitor (animorphs

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