Book #49 in the series Animorphs
by K.A. Applegate.
Disclaimer: If you've heard of Animorphs and you're thinking "Aww, how
cute," maybe you should read my introduction to the first book
to see how wrong you are.
by K.A. Applegate
Because the Yeerks have built a computer that analyzes blood and have been looking for mysterious samples, the Animorphs realize their disguise as "Andalite bandits" might be over. The Yeerks probably know they're human. They develop a plan to sneak into the facility that's testing their blood--from samples they've left all along bleeding at every fight--and they find that a computer has identified Tobias's blood as being a partial match with his mother's. It's only a matter of time before all of their families are tracked down, so the Animorphs have to make a heartbreaking decision: it's time to let their families in on the secret and abduct them from their homes, off to live in the Hork-Bajir valley. Tobias is dazed by the information about his mother; she lives blocks from him, but never contacted him and he doesn't know why.
So the Animorphs go around breaking the news to their parents and getting them packed off to safety, but they fail with Jake's family because Yeerks already got his parents, and Jake finds that out the hard way. Tobias goes off to try to protect his mother and finds his friends are on his side. Turns out Loren is blind and has amnesia from an accident, and she uses a guide dog. They use the dog as a way to make contact with her (by impersonating him with a morph), and Tobias finally gets to meet and talk to his mother. By using an extraordinarily risky plan, they manage to get Loren to safety too, but they have to give her morphing abilities. She escapes with Tobias as a hawk, and when she returns to her human form she can see again. Tobias is overjoyed to have a mother, and he assures Jake that they'll save his family.
About this book:
New known controllers:
- Employees of Midtown Bio-Services
- An elderly woman who leads the attack at the blood bank and other places
- Jake's parents
- A street woman
- A teenage boy at a bus stop
New morphs acquired:
- Jake: None
- Cassie: None
- Marco: Dog (German shepherd--Champ)
- Rachel: Dog (German shepherd--Champ)
- Ax: None
- Tobias: Dog (German shepherd--Champ)
Rachel: "You know, Tobias, we have very weird dates."
Marco: "I've been too busy saving the planet."
Jake: "The planet is grateful."
Tobias: What kind of self-respecting hawk lets his girlfriend feed him?
Marco: "Unless you count the Victoria's Secret Web page, there are no babes in my life anymore."
Tobias: "There were no babes in your old life."
Jake: "Then mingle into the crowd, do not call attention to yourself, and wait patiently for the rest of us."
Rachel: "Wait patiently. Right. I can do that."
Marco: "She. Cannot. Do. That."
Tobias: The Yeerks were looking for humans who were related to human Animorphs, and where did they get the match? From a bird with no family.
Rachel: "Stay at my house tonight. You shouldn't be alone."
Tobias: "Why not? I've always been alone."
Ax: "They think I am a 'pokey man.' I have told them I am an Andalite and am actually quite swift, but they insist they need to train me."
Ax: "Do not worry. We are irresponsible teenage hoodlums, possibly gang members, but you are not in any danger."
Ax: "There. I have now shamelessly destroyed the symmetry of this shelf, undoing hours of labor by underpaid store employees. If you could see me, you would be frightened."
Marco: "If she could see you, she'd have you committed."
Marco: "ARE YOU INSANE?"
Tobias: "Yeah. Aren't you?"
Next book: The Ultimate, Animorphs #50