Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Warning (Animorphs #16) by K.A. Applegate

Title: The Warning
Series: Animorphs (book 16)
Author: K.A. Applegate
Length: 146 pages

Warning: This is a review of book 16 of the series, so watch out for spoilers of earlier books! The first book in the series is The Invasion, which I reviewed on my adult book blog here.

The Story

Jake discovers a website about yeerks. Some of the information seems pretty accurate, while some is way out there. But the most interesting part of the site is the chat room. People are chatting about yeerks, swapping information, some of them obviously yeerks in disguise, others potential allies to the Animorphs. So they decide to break into the ISP's offices to find out who the people behind those screen names are.

My Thoughts

The Animorphs books always involve the kids coming up with a plan, and some of their plans make more sense than others. Breaking into the office of an internet service provider to find out who some people in a chat room are does not strike me as a very smart plan. But other than that, I liked the plot of this book. The Animorphs face another big moral question, and those always make for the best stories in this series. There are also the usual cool fight scenes and moments of suspense.

The Animorphs series is great for elementary school kids who are striking out on their own with chapter books. Because there are so many of them, they can keep reading about the same characters and seeing them grow, like in a longer novel, but in bite-sized chunks. The reading level is probably a bit above the really early chapter books. There are lots of animal-alien fight scenes, but the violence is not gratuitous.

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