The Separation (essay)
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|Book #32 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 Invasion|the first book] to see how wrong you are.
While morphing a [starfish] to get an earring out of a [tide pool] crack, Rachel gets cut in half by a mischievous boy and ends up becoming two Rachels. But the two halves of her are also polarized: a [mall]-crawling, [airhead]ed, [coward]ly one with a [duty, honor, country|sense of duty] and an [foresight|ability to plan], and a [psychotic], [violent], [courageous] one with an ability to attack and no decent foresight or [memory]. The Animorphs are trying to destroy an Anti-Morphing Ray built by the Yeerks, but their issues trying to deal with a Rachel too afraid to fight and a Rachel too out-of-control to take orders end up overshadowing the mission. But soon, through each of their failures to function as a whole person, they realize [opposites attract|they need each other] as much as they hate each other, and [alien|Ax] and [android|Erek] come up with a way to blend them together again . . . as long as they can be convinced to carry it out and accept their opposite as part of themselves again.
About this book:
New known controllers:
New morphs acquired:
Cassie: "We have a problem."
Erek: "I can't stay long. I just came to update you guys on the mission."
Nice Rachel: "I remember it was chilly. I had, like, [goosebumps|goose bumps]?"
Nice Rachel: Jake had touched something still alive and strong inside me: [duty]. Stupid word! Stupid idea! No, not a stupid idea. But definitely a stupid word. I mean, it sounds like "doody." I mean, puh-leeze. I had to go and get killed because of something that sounds like you're talking about what dogs do on the lawn?
Next book: [The Illusion], Animorphs #33