Book Review: Animorphs #31, The Conspiracy
Man, this day is just blazing by. Not allowed I say! Time, please slow down and drag out before I have to go to work tomorrow. Pretty please, with sugar on top? Well, I tried.
Anyways, I’m enjoying my Sunday with a light read. This time around I read Animorphs #31, The Conspiracy.
I’m unsure if I’ve ever read this one before, but elements of the story did seem familiar. Regardless, I jumped in, eager for more Animorphs awesomeness!
Jake’s dad and brother Tom have left for a meeting of The Sharing, where Tom may force their dad into involuntary Yeerk infestation. Jake must save his father, but for the first time, his quick-thinking tactical mind freezes up … with everything at stake.
I gave this novel four solid stars!
In this installment, we are in Jake’s POV. Jake is coming home one day to see his mom hurrying into a taxi with luggage. When he catches her before she leaves, he is hit with the harsh reality that his great grandfather (Grandpa G) has died and his family will be joining his mom for four days in the country.
At first Jake mourns, then it hits him. Four days in the country. His Controller brother Tom’s Yeerk won’t survive that long without Kandrona rays. Is this the perfect chance to free his brother, or will Tom find a way to survive or thwart this trip?
I really enjoyed this book.
Let’s start with the characters. Jake’s POV felt more authentic than Marco’s in #30. Given all that is happening he is torn as events occur. He deserves to grieve, but at the same time how far will he go to protect his brother? This brought up some darker concepts that tend to come up in these situations for our beloved Animorphs, and I enjoyed that they asked these vital questions concerning conscience.
The plot was simple but effective. This wasn’t the highest stakes journey we’ve taken to date, but it was still entertaining and thought-provoking. The Animorphs are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They can’t expose themselves by getting too close to the situation, but they can’t just do nothing once things hit the fan. I liked the mental tug of war that was going on. It felt very real to me, as I had the same concerns they did.
If I had to pick at anything, I would say that the family theme was really great and let us see how intimate the Yeerk threat can get, but I was expecting some bigger stakes at this point in the game.
All being said, this is still a solid, memorable read in the series, and I’m looking forward to the next one!
That’s a Wrap!
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Sounds a good one. Great review, Jonny.