The Return (essay)
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|Book #48 in the series Animorphs by K.A. Applegate.
Rachel's cracking up. After several nightmares in which she challenges Jake's authority and gets universally shunned for her violent ambitions, Rachel finds herself whisked away to a dungeon, facing David the rat. He has her trapped in a glass cage and claims he wants to get her back for what she did--he wants to force her to share his fate trapped as a rat. But soon she finds holes in his story and realizes this is actually a trick of Crayak and the Drode, who have been following her rising violent tendencies with interest. They attempt to turn her to the dark side by giving her unimaginable power and easy odds to claim it for herself, but loyalty to Jake and desire to not be forced into a deal with the devil bring her out of the darkness. She realizes that she does the dirty work in the Animorphs because her companions need someone like her to keep their hands clean--or at least cleaner--and she finds herself once again with David's fate in her hands. The responsibility seems crushing even after what she's been through, and she knows she was never meant to be the decision-maker.
About this book:
New known controllers:
New morphs acquired:
Rachel: Was it the grizzly in me that wanted to kill? Or was it the me in me?
Rachel: The secret was that whatever we'd been doing, I did like it. And the good guys aren't supposed to like it.
Rachel: "I'm confused."
Rachel: I'd been protecting her. Them. Jake. Cassie. Tobias. Even Marco and Ax. Helping to protect their innocence. Letting them see themselves as the good guys. It was a symbiotic relationship. Or co-dependent, whatever. They needed me to be the bad guy. And I needed them to be the good guys.
Next book: The Diversion, Animorphs #49