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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.


[Animorphs] #32
by [K.A. Applegate]

Summarized [Plot]:

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:

[Narrator]: Rachel

New known controllers:

  • None

New morphs acquired:

  • Jake: None
  • Cassie: None
  • Marco: None
  • Rachel: [Starfish]
  • Ax: None
  • Tobias: None


  • Rachel makes it clear in this excerpt that she can morph while wearing [earrings], just like she can with skintight clothes. This suggests that jewelry can be incorporated.

  • Ax knocks Mean Rachel out temporarily with a blow to the head. Knocking someone out with a blow to the head is not safe and it is not likely to cause loss of consciousness without being followed by [delirious]ness or possibly lasting harm. In other words, "just knock her out" is a very unsafe thing to do to temporarily disable her.

Best lines:

Cassie: "We have a problem."
Rachel: "We do?"
Cassie: "Jake, we were at the [mall]. Some girl shoved Rachel and--"
Jake: "Oh, man, what did you do, Rachel? You have to learn to restrain your--"
Cassie: "She cried."
Jake: "What?"
Cassie: "She cried. And ran away. And cried."
Marco: "Who cried?"
Cassie: "Rachel."
Marco: "Rachel cried? You mean a little wetness, like maybe something was in her eye?"
Cassie: "I mean like '[Boo hoo], that girl was so mean.'"
Marco: "No."
Cassie: "Yes."
Marco: "No. No. The sun does not rise in the west, the [Chicago Cubs] don't win the [World Series], [the x-files|Scully never, ever believes Mulder], and [universal truth|Rachel does not cry]. These are the things I know."
Cassie: "Boo. Hoo."

Erek: "I can't stay long. I just came to update you guys on the mission."
Mean Rachel: "To the Yeerk pool! Let's get some [flamethrower]s!"
Erek: "I gotta stop hanging around with you people. [The pot calling the kettle black|You people are just plain strange]."

Nice Rachel: "I remember it was chilly. I had, like, [goosebumps|goose bumps]?"
Marco: "I used to read [R. L. Stine|those books]."
Ax: "Rachel had books in response to cold?"

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