Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Loved (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Wow. Usually when I love an Animorphs book, it's because of how dark it is. While this one was dark, it was so much more than that. This was easily one of the best books in the series. This was a very good book, Animorphs or not.
The dark, seriousness amped up a notch: Is genocide worth it to win a war? If you risk wiping out a whole species (humanity), is it worth it to save the whole universe?
Usually I don't like books with Ax as the narrator, because the jokes about him are so old (and weren't funny to me to begin with). He's been on Earth for a couple years now, and been in human form a lot, so you'd think he'd be over how interesting it is to have a mouth when you usually don't have one. (Not to mention, his uncontrollable reaction to food...) But he was necessary for this book, and I actually liked him a lot in it. We learned more about Andalites (and man, they don't look like the good guys anymore, which reflects back to one of the early books where we first saw things from the Yeerks' POV).
The whole plot was so well written (and lord, have I ever said that about an Animorphs book before?). There was a GREAT twist that I had COMPLETELY not seen coming. I really, really liked all the backstory we got in this one, too.
Looks like Kim Morris writes three more after this one, including the last of the ghostwritten books of the series, then K. A. Applegate writes the final two books. I really, really hope it's Michael Grant writing under her name...
14 more Animorphs books to go! And then I can finally start reading fanfic!