EDIT – 1.19.16:
It appears the RAF site has moments when the links work, and moments when they do not. A few days ago, I went to the site and the links were working and allowed download. Today, they do not, and I get this message:
“As per Scholastic’s demands, Richard’s Animorphs Forum can no longer sanction the distribution of Scholastic eBooks (including Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants and Gone), nor the implied distribution through other means.”
This probably means the links might be down permanently. Understand, I have no control over this. I am not the owner of RAF, nor do I have anything to do with it. I’m just distributing information to whoever may have use of it. Hopefully, you Animorph fans were able to join in on the fun and re-read (or read for the first time) this marvelous series still so dear to my heart.
On today’s episode of TIL, I just found out about this tidbit of information. Also there seems to be a GREAT ANIMORPHS RE-READ going on this year, which is the coolest thing ever known to man! Absolutely excited beyond all words. Everyone should have a little Animorphs in their lives. :3 My life was never the same after reading these books when I was little (and even older *EHEM*).
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me take the time to enlighten you to the wonders of this delightful series:
The Animorphs series (#1-54)
by K. A. Applegate
||Publisher: Scholastic Publishing
Publication Date: June 1996–May 2001
Format: Paperback & Hardcover
Pages: books est. 150+ pages each
Genre: War, Love, Science Fiction, Thriller,
Fantasy, PTSD, Effects of War & Violence
On Youth, Shapeshifters, Aliens, Alien
Technology, Animals, Survivors, Friendship,
Betrayal, Alien Takeover, Dehumanization,
Nothing And No One Is Who Or What
They Seem, Dying World, Nature, Family,
Horror, Sanity, Morality, Leadership,
Innocence and Innocence Lost, Freedom,
|Age/Audience: Middle Grade / Teen / YA
# of Books in Series: 54
Companion Books: Animorphs Chronicles (4)
Companion Books: Megamorphs (4)
Gamebooks: Alternamorphs (2)
(synopsis from Publisher)
The story revolves around five humans, Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, and Tobias, and one alien, Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill (nicknamed Ax), who obtain the ability to morph into any animal they touch. Naming themselves “Animorphs” (a portmanteau of “animal morphers”) they use their ability to battle a secret alien infiltration of Earth by a race called the Yeerks. The Yeerks are a parasitic race of aliens resembling large slugs that take humans as a host by entering and merging with their brain through the ear canal. The Animorphs fight as a guerilla force against the Yeerks, led by Visser Three, and their program to take over the human race. Morphing into animals allows them to battle the various armies of aliens that the Yeerks use, but it also protects their identities. As far as the Yeerks know, only Andalites like Ax have the ability to morph, and if they knew that the Animorphs were mostly human they would be able to easily find out who they are. Protecting their identities becomes more and more difficult as the series goes on because though someone with the ability to morph can change into any animal that they touch, they can only stay in a morph for two hours or they will permanently become that animal. Throughout the series, we see how the war affects the characters in different ways, mentally and physically.
And for more goodies, check out these fascinating Animorph related sites:
The Morphing Science of Animorphs
The Great Animorphs ReRead
Which Animorph Would Win the Hunger Games?
Things To Remember About Animorphs
Why Animorphs is possibly the greatest sci-fi story ever told:
And here’s a excerpt:
But you can’t judge a book by its cover, dammit!
In actuality, the grave seriousness of Animorphs is what stands out most in my memories. This isn’t 10,000 pages of kids turning into butterflies. It’s a 10,000 page chronicling of war, and the central themes of the series are appropriately aligned with that subject matter. Once you’ve suspended your disbelief and firmly settled yourself into the bizarre sci-fi nature of the material, what you’ve got is five teenagers who struggle with things like dehumanization, the responsibility or leadership, sanity, insanity and morality. It is told with the horror of actual war, where the battle is not only physical, but mental as well. Is it right to kill unarmed enemies? Is it right to ask a team member and friend to carry out a dangerous mission? Is it right to retreat, to continue, to do anything?
Horrible things happen with surprising frequency in this series. Characters you’ve grown attached to have mental break-downs, crumble under the pressure, cease to be heroes. In fact, a lot of this series serves to debunk childish notions of battle and war as being something magnificent and heroic. The battles that are fought are not great feats or victories, but rather a series of jumbled, confusing actions that leave regret and sickness in the hearts of those who fought. Each decision, whether in the heat of battle or for the greater good, comes later to haunt the character who made it, and they forever feel the weight of their actions and their own short-comings.
And here’s another:
Adapt This: KA Applegate’s Animorphs Series. Yes, Again.
Animorphs‘ moral universe was also a lot more sophisticated than non-readers might expect. Book 1 introduced both the wicked Yeerks (a.k.a. body-snatching slugs) and the noble Andalites (a race of centaur-esque aliens who led the fight against the Yeerks throughout the rest of the galaxy). Later books, though, proved that all Yeerks weren’t exactly villains, and all Andalites weren’t exactly heroes.
Sure, Yeerks tended to be bloodthirsty and tyrannical — but some were sympathetic and pacifistic. And though all were parasites, they didn’t invade the brains of other species out of malice; it was simply what they had evolved to do. (“How many pigs and cows and chickens and sheep do you kill each year to survive?” a Yeerk tells Animorph Cassie in book 19. “You think being a predator is morally superior to being a parasite? At least the host bodies we take remain alive. We don’t kill them, cut them into pieces, and grill them over a charcoal fire in our backyards.”) The Andalites, meanwhile, revealed themselves to be a cold, arrogant race of warriors who had no qualms about waging total war — and wiping out innocents for the sake of the greater good.
All that, and I haven’t even mentioned Rachel — the Animorph who gradually transformed from a carefree, popular gymnast to a cruel, adrenaline-addicted, largely remorseless killing machine. It’s mind-boggling that these books were meant for kids reading at a fifth-grade level.
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||The Andalite’s Gift
||In the Time of Dinosaurs
||Back to Before
| Chronicles 1
||The Andalite Chronicles
||This book is divided into three parts:
#1 – Elfangor’s Journey,
#2 -Alloran’s Choice, and
#3 – An Alien Dies.
Each part was originally released as
a separate book to school book clubs.
| Chronicles 2
||The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
| Chronicles 3
| Chronicles 4
||The Ellimist Chronicles
||The First Journey
||Ghostwritten by Tonya Alicia Martin.
This is a game-style book that exists
outside the main series continuity.
||The Next Passage
||Ghostwritten by Emily Costello.
This is a game-style book that exists outside the main series continuity.