Book Reviews of The Invasion (Animorphs, Bk 1)

The Invasion (Animorphs, Bk 1)
The Invasion - Animorphs, Bk 1
Author: K. A. Applegate
ISBN-13: 9780590629775
ISBN-10: 0590629778
Publication Date: 6/1996
Pages: 184
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Well, I'm an adult (most of the time) and I decided to start reading this series because my hubby told me he loved this book when he was a kid and knows I like reading kid books when I'm in a light-reading mood.

I was really surprised at how much I liked this story. It flows well and the plot was interesting enough to keep me going even though a lot of the "mystery" in it is easy enough to figure out for an adult.

I really think that the teamwork and friendships of the kids with their different backgrounds sends a good message to the readers, young and old alike.
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Helpful Score: 1
These books i grew up with an i still read them today i think these are good for kids and everyone who like scifi comedy action. It is also a good book because it shows that everyday ordinary kids can become heros
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As the start of a brand new series, this book has a lot of exposition to get through and deliver to the reader but I think it does a good job. The way they avoid a straight out exposition dump is a little silly (Tobias basically having a file of information dropped into his mind to sort through that will never be mentioned again after this first book) but it makes everything a little more streamlined. There is also a ton the kids dont know and have to learn for themselves, like how to conquer a morphs instincts and how they can find and best hurt the Yeerks. Thus we are given just the right amount of information to understand whats going on with plenty more to discover during our journey.

Were not given all that much of the characters personalities to begin with, especially because we need room for the exposition. However, I think thats okay. Were shown the basics and we know well be given more as the series goes on. Since each character will have the opportunity to narrate their own books, I think its excusable that we dont quite have a feel to these characters just yet. We know Jake is the reluctant leader with a brother to fight for, Cassie is the kind and gentle one who wants to protect everyone, Rachel is a girl with attitude who doesnt want to back down from a fight, Marco is a funny guy who can see the danger and has reason to stay away, and Tobias the loner who wants to be part of something bigger and find a place to belong. These are the basic facts presented to us that will have over fifty books to be fleshed out.

I see it less of a big novel that needs to have all the details up front, like the first Harry Potter book, and more like the pilot episode of a TV show, where we want to know the basics but will be content to flesh out the details as time goes on. That said, for being the narrator, Jake is pretty bland. While I know hell grow into the role of leader, he doesnt show any qualities for it and even his friends cant say anything beyond the fact that he just is a natural born leader. But Jake and the others will have plenty of opportunity to grow as time goes on.

Definitely a good start to the series. It had a lot to set up for the status quo of the books but it did well and certainly brings in the action that well see in every book to come. NOTE - This is a reprint of the original book with a few minor changes made, mostly cultural references updated for a new generation.
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Wow wow wow wow it was great.
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As the start of a brand new series, this book has a lot of exposition to get through and deliver to the reader but I think it does a good job. The way they avoid a straight out exposition dump is a little silly (Tobias basically having a file of information dropped into his mind to sort through that will never be mentioned again after this first book) but it makes everything a little more streamlined. There is also a ton the kids dont know and have to learn for themselves, like how to conquer a morphs instincts and how they can find and best hurt the Yeerks. Thus we are given just the right amount of information to understand whats going on with plenty more to discover during our journey.

Were not given all that much of the characters personalities to begin with, especially because we need room for the exposition. However, I think thats okay. Were shown the basics and we know well be given more as the series goes on. Since each character will have the opportunity to narrate their own books, I think its excusable that we dont quite have a feel to these characters just yet. We know Jake is the reluctant leader with a brother to fight for, Cassie is the kind and gentle one who wants to protect everyone, Rachel is a girl with attitude who doesnt want to back down from a fight, Marco is a funny guy who can see the danger and has reason to stay away, and Tobias the loner who wants to be part of something bigger and find a place to belong. These are the basic facts presented to us that will have over fifty books to be fleshed out.

I see it less of a big novel that needs to have all the details up front, like the first Harry Potter book, and more like the pilot episode of a TV show, where we want to know the basics but will be content to flesh out the details as time goes on. That said, for being the narrator, Jake is pretty bland. While I know hell grow into the role of leader, he doesnt show any qualities for it and even his friends cant say anything beyond the fact that he just is a natural born leader. But Jake and the others will have plenty of opportunity to grow as time goes on.

Definitely a good start to the series. It had a lot to set up for the status quo of the books but it did well and certainly brings in the action that well see in every book to come.
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it is an excellent book
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A great book for older children to early teens (tweens) who are interested in sci-fi and adventure books. The story of a group of kids being given the powers to 'morph' into any animal or person they touch is as thrilling as it is interesting.
I've read over half of the series, never got to the rest of them due to a lack of them at the school library. I highly suggest reading as much as you can, as fast as you can, since you'll chew through these short books rather quickly.
Applegate has done a great job with this series, and I hope I can someday give it to my children to enjoy.
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My son loves these books.
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Very interesting to my son. Likes the series. Kept the interest of a picky reader.
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Animorphs is a great series for older children.
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We can't tell you who we are. Or where we live. It's too risky, and we've got to be careful. Really careful. So we don't trust anyone. Because if they find us...well, we just won't let them find us. The thing you should know is that everyone is in really big trouble. Yeah. Even you. There's a massive outdoor concert coming to town. Offspring. Alanis. Nine Inch Nails. Marco refuses to miss it. He even has a great idea for getting in, uh, free: He and Jake will morph dogs. Marco thinks it's a perfect set up (especially since girls LOVE cute dogs). And even though Jake doesn't agree at first, he finally decides that if Marco goes to the show someone should be around to watch him. Right?
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We can't tell you who we are. Or where we live. It's too risky, and we've got to be careful. Really careful. So we don't trust anyone. Because if they find us. . .well, we just won't let them find us. The thing you should know is that everyone is in real big trouble. Yeah. Even you.

Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the "light" was only a plane-from another planet. Here's where Jake's story gets a little weird. It's where they're told that the human race is under attack-and given the chance to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen. . .
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Reading level 5
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Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the "light" was only a plane-from another planet. Here's where Jake's story gets a little weird. It's where they're told that the human race is under attack-and given the change to fight back.
Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen...
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scholastic book for Middle School
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Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when the realized the "Light" was only a plane -- from another planet. Here's where Jake's story gets a llittle weird. It's where they're told that the human race is under attack -- and given the chance to fight back.

Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen ....
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Kids sci-fi story.
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The beginning is here. When Yeerks invade Earth 5 kids and an alien go to save the world.
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Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when athey realized tahe "light"was only a plane-from another planet.Here's where Jake's story get a little weird.
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