Book Review: Animorphs #52, The Sacrifice

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!

I’m stopping by with another book review, because I simply must barrel through the rest of Animorphs!

This time I read Animorphs #52, The Sacrifice.

I never read this as a kid, but dove in because this is a reading binge and this lean mean reading machine can’t stop, won’t stop! On to the review!



The war between the Yeerks and the Animorphs is still raging. There are no more secrets — but there are plenty of lies. The kids are fighting harder than they ever thought they could. And they’re about to make the biggest decision they’ve ever had to face. A decision that may eventually break them all.

Ax and the Animorphs know that destroying the Yeerk pool would give them a huge chance to take back Earth. And they’ve figured out a way to do it. But there’s no way to destroy the pool without also destroying the innocent humans caught by the Yeerks. But there’s no more time to think about it. There’s only yes or no… 


The Review:

I gave this book four and a half stars!

This is Ax’s final POV book, and things couldn’t be more dire. The Yeerks have come out of the closet so to speak, and are herding hundreds of people below ground to their Yeerk pool for mass infestation. The Animorphs want to put a permanent end to that, but hundreds, even thousands of innocent lives are at stake. Can they the Animorphs pull this off, and how far will they go to stop the Yeerks?

Like the past few books in the series, this was a great one.

Ax was portrayed quite well I think. He’s always been something of an outsider, and when he gets in contact with the Andalite home world, they advise of a different course of action than what the Animorphs have planned. To make matters worse,  Cassie reveals that she is responsible for an advantage the Yeerks now have. Ax is torn between duty from his home world and the world he now protects. He was a bit cold in the beginning in my opinion, but he pulls it together and does what he considers right. Not the best character progression since it’s similar to what he’s gone through in prior novels, but I understand his dilemma and enjoyed reading his perspective.

As far as the other characters, I really enjoyed Jake and Cassie’s interactions and slight resolution of what was wrong between them. I also fear for Rachel pretty badly at this point. She’s so gung ho about the war and saving the world that she’s acting out irrationally and potentially threatening the mission. She’s always been my favorite because she is constantly fighting this internal darkness and it’s both scary and exciting at the same time.

The plot and stakes involved continue to climb to impossible heights. Given their mission, the action was nonstop and so easy to blaze through. I do like the fact that the author isn’t sugar-coating the situation anymore, especially with fights. Some of the Controllers they fight are killed, and while that may be a tough thing to digest for younger audiences, by this point they shouldn’t be too surprised. Besides that, there’s really not a lot I can say without giving things away, but just know that like the other past few novels, this one is quite the roller coaster!

One quip for me. There’s a scene where the Animorphs are about to fight some Controllers and could clearly have an advantage to mow them down, but Jake insists on a ‘fair fight.’ I completely disagree with his decision making, especially given the end results of the fight. I mean, why not ensure safety for your team against the enemy? Didn’t make sense to me. Other than that, no complaints!

This was a great continuation of the series, and I can’t wait to read what happens next! Definitely worth a read!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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