The Andalite Chronicles has ratings and reviews. Ashley said: Okay, first, I feel like I need to preface this review by confessing that if I ha. The Andalite Chronicles (Animorphs Chronicles, #1), Alloran’s Choice (The Andalite Chronicles, #2), and An Alien Dies (The Andalite Chronicles, #3). His name is Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul. An Andalite War Prince. The one who gave five young humans the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They are .
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Andalite Chronicles by K. The Andalite Chronicles Animorphs Relates the story of Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, the Andalite war-prince responsible for creating the human animorphs on Earth. Paperbackpages. Published December by Scholastic first published January 1st United States of America.
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Okay, first, I feel like I need to preface this review by confessing that if I had read this book for the first time at age thirty-one, I wouldn’t be giving it five stars. My rating is entirely colored by my intense nostalgic feelings of love for it. As an adult reading it as a part of an ongoing series, this is a solid book that does some really cool things.
It’s the reason I love science fiction. Your Okay, first, I feel like I need to preface this review by confessing that if I had read this book for the first time at age thirty-one, I wouldn’t be giving it five stars. Your average Animorphs book is pages and takes place on Earth, as the kids fight a guerrilla war against the silent Yeerk invasion.
This book is pages and the main character is an alien. Almost all the characters are aliens, and it mostly takes place in space, or on alien planets. The main character also happens to be the Andalite Elfangor, the alien who gave the Animorphs their powers back in the very first chapter of the very first book.
The frame of the book is that Elfangor is dying, and as he is dying, he sends his thoughts to be recorded, his “hirac delest,” or final statement. Elfangor achieved great success and fame as a war-prince, but he carries a great burden for his part in events that happened years before, events that allowed the first Yeerk to obtain an Andalite host body. It is due to Elfangor’s actions that Visser Three exists.
But this isn’t just the story of how Visser Three captured an Andalite body, it’s Elfangor’s story. Who was this alien who gave five kids the power to morph?
Why did he do it, breaking one of his people’s highest laws? Where did he come from? What I find so engrossing about this book is the worldbuilding.
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We’ve been hearing about chrobicles these alien races for twelve books now, hearing about the terrible wars they fight with each other, the places them come from. But here we actually get to see it. We get to see Andalite space battles and Andalite culture. We get to see the Taxxon homeworld, and the difficult choices that war thrusts upon everybody.
We meet the creepy, tongue-in-cheek Skrit Na. And this book really doesn’t pull any punches. There are some genuinely upsetting and terrifying things that happen. The revelations of Alloran’s past war crimes towards the Hork-Bajir. The terrifying nature of the Time Matrix Loren’s fast-growing fingernails into claws is a seriously upsetting image.
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And Elfangor’s ultimate choice, to leave behind a safe life with his human family, and his soon to be born son, Tobias, to chdonicles the galaxy a chance at peace. Yes, this is where we find out that Tobias’s parents are Loren and Elfangor in human morph. Tobias’s life is incredibly sad. Stuck as a nothlit, his mother long dead, his father he thought abandoned him.
It would be far too coincidental if Applegate hcronicles planned it that way from the beginning.
It takes its heroes, shows them terrible things, has them make terrible choices, and then shows us how those choices have long-term consequences on those heroes. Elfangor at the end of the book is a very different dude than he was at the beginning. Not to mention, it has all the things that drove my love of sci-fi afterwards: Really it’s like the perfect starter space opera kit, designed to kick-start an obsession perfectly.
I’d never read anything like it. Of course, I’ve since read many great space operas, and revisiting this one now after that more adult, mature fare, was a bit disconcerting. Next up, Tobias learns about his past. Aug 06, Meta Vashti rated it really liked it Shelves: Before there was Harry Potter, my days were filled with Animorphs. Yes, I grew up loving this adventure.
Kids who could turn into animals, andalote beings, kidnappings, wild adventure, who wouldn’t love it. Feb 10, Aximili rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved the Animorph series, and this was one of the best of them.
Elfangor’s story is similar to the Animorph one as it is also a coming of age story, but I enjoyed Elfangor’s perspective and commentry immensly. The look into the Andalite culture along with the Taxxons, Horik-Bajir, and Yeerks was enlightening and make them much more realistic characters.
I liked how Applegate didn’t gloss over the darker side of the Andalites and presented the other aliens in a different light. I especially li I loved the Animorph series, and this was one of the best of them. I chronicle liked how we got to interact with more aliens and cultures, and andalitd they were not the boring, cardboard cut-out copies modled after some human society.
Applegate really tried to branch out and make her races, not only alien, but diverse. Different opinions and ideas come from the same species. It makes things not so simple and a lot more realistic. Then again, Animorphs was always good at dealing with tough issues of morality and such.
The human involvement can be taken two ways, either as a chronixles too coincidental or seen as Ellimist intervention again. Overall, I really liked this book. Jun 26, Ben Babcock rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book made me cry, at the end. I remember reading the hard copy version of this as a kid and marvelling at how much thicker it was than your typical Animorphs novel.
Until now, though, Applegate had intentionally been keeping her stories not just short, but brief. The Andalite Chronicles shook up that format, introducing a subseries of Animorphs that So … yeah.
The Andalite Chronicles shook up chroicles format, introducing a subseries of Animorphs that would let Applegate tell stories from the perspectives of non-Animorphs characters. The honour of the first story goes to Elfangor, the guy who kicked off this whole crazy adventure when he crash-lands on Earth and gives the Animorphs their powers in the first place.
Now Applegate shows us how he got to that point—and in doing so, reveals that she, much like the Cylons but not, apparently, Ron Moorehas a plan. In its departure from Earth for most of analite book, The Andalite Chronicles allows Applegate to expand on themes she wants to make universal.
For example, Elfangor is a hero; Visser Three is a villain. Applegate wants to show that these archetypes are not localized to the human species but instead apply to a collection of actions and ideals.
Lest that become reductive, however, she also points out that the universe is not black and white. Elfangor is a hero, yes, but he both makes mistakes and makes morally questionable decisions. Andalites, in a book called The Andalite Chroniclesyou say? Now we get to see Andalites in action.
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We learn more about how they live, on ships and back at home, and even some of their history. Applegate once again balances the image of a proud warrior—scientistic culture the Andalites want to project with a backdrop of mistake after mistake caused by that pride.
In contrast, when Elfangor must confront his bleakest moment, he finds an intrinsic core of strength and morality that allows him to act.
But Alloran is too far along that spectrum: The humans in this book are fun too. Chapman is a delight; even though the timeline in which he meets Elfangor is ultimately erased, it allows us to see why he agrees to become a Controller. Similarly, Loren is perhaps a bit of an author avatar for Applegate. She takes no bullshit from anybody, wndalite she backs up Elfangor—sometimes with a softball bat.
As the ending of this book implies, and as we learn in the next book, she is also a big deal to the Animorphs themselves…. But there is, chronicels far, a single crowning moment of awesome in The Andalite Chronicles: There are some pretty great books in the series to come, but with The Andalite Chronicles Applegate reaches a pinnacle that proves how great this series can be.
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