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|Book #43 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.
[hawk|Tobias] feels good about helping [the lost boy|a lost boy] get found, but he took a risk to do it--he [telepathy|thought-spoke] to the boy and to his father, and ends up getting some newspaper fame for his trouble. But since some well-meaning [veterinary|clinic] folks found him after he was injured, he's trapped in a cage in a facility trying to heal him.
Then one night, attracted by the publicity, [the enemy|Hork-Bajir] come in and try to steal him. A group of human-Controllers counters, making it look like two factions of Yeerks are fighting to get him. Tobias ends up being stolen by Taylor, his old torturer from [The Illusion|a previous book]. But she doesn't do what he expects; she tells him part of the Yeerk population is rebelling against the current administration, and she wants his help striking against the Yeerk pool under the town.
After some confusion, the Animorphs negotiate with Taylor and come to a plan involving Ax and Tobias morphing Taxxons to dig a path to the Yeerk pool, which Taylor will fill with [natural gas] and kill them all (including the hosts). But since Taylor has quite a history of [deception], they don't know if they can believe her, even though striking at the Yeerk pool sounds really promising.
Cassie is [moral code|morally opposed to killing innocents] in the pool, so she abstains from the mission. Tobias and Ax have to face the fierce Taxxon hunger as they dig the tunnel, but when Taylor becomes a double-crosser in a way they didn't quite expect, they have to figure out her motivation and what it has to do with the enemies of the Yeerks. . . .
About this book:
New known controllers:
New morphs acquired:
Tobias: I didn't realize that [post-traumatic stress disorder|torture doesn't end when you're freed].
Tobias: Ever have something work out so perfectly, you feel you could fly? That's how I felt--and the cool thing was, I could actually do it. I could actually fly.
Taylor: "Good. It would be much harder to solicit help from an Andalite who's dead."
Barista: "Uh, what can I get you?"
Marco: "Well then, what am I waiting for? Sign me up! An army of cold, power-hungry Yeerks can't control the Taxxons. Not to worry. The [vertically challenged|short] kid who got a B-minus in gym won't have any problems."
Marco (when Ax in Taxxon morph won't move or answer): "It's a [BSOD|comprehensive system failure]. Can't be fixed on-site. We'll have to haul this beauty back to the shop."
Next book: [The Unexpected], Animorphs #44