Let me know what you think!
Let me know what you think!
Psychochronography - The study of a time period through a specific singular object.
What follows is a series of short, irregularly updated essays concerning the time period in which the Animorphs book series was published, focusing on the emotional, artistic and political landscape of which the series was a part of. I plan to do one essay per book. As always, discussion and debate is encouraged. :)
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"Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack - and were given the power to fight back.
Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever see..."
The first book in the series! (Huzzah!) Narrated by Jake, this one kicks off the whole saga. So what are your thoughts? (Anyone cataloged all of the changes yet?)
[This is the spoilery discussion post for this book! If you want to see the spoiler-free version and have fun discussing the book without considering the rest of the series, head over to here for the one at reanimorphs.]
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Sometimes wierd things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the 'light' was only a plane-from another planet. Here's where Jake's story gets a little wierd. It's where they're told the human race is under attack-and given the chance to fight back.
Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie,Tobias and Marco have the power to morph itno any animal they choose. Aned they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen...
And so we start again.
I notice KAA's hints about Tobias here...him staying behind with Elfangor and getting the visions given to him.
I think Visser Three was definately scarier in this book than sometimes later on.
I felt bad for Tom but know why KAA wanted him to stay a controller.
Notice here Jake's tiger is Siberian but later it's a Bengal. KASU. Or ghostwriter screw up, one of the two.
I also prefer the question of Tobias staying in morph accidentally or purposely remaining ambiguous.
What was your first impressing reading this first book, assuming it's the first one most of us read?
We went over this before, but I'll ask again for the newbies. Why didn't Elfangor morph to escape the Visser? Did the Ellimist not restore his morphing ability? That's a theory from RAF. Or was he just in too much of a hurry to get his story out to the kids.
Reading this after the last few books, what sorts of differences do you notice in the first one? Obviously lots more moral ambiguity in the later books.
How many people would have reacted to the spacecraft and its pilot the way the kids in the book did? I think a lot of people in general would have ran.
What difference in reactions would adults have had, had it not been kids at the site when Elfangor landed?
Was Tobias right later on that Elfangor would have given the cube to anyone he found at the site? Would've been a little risky though.
Do you have any thoughts after finding out later on that the kids being in the construction site wasn't totally accidental? That only two of them were there by chance? Would it have been better to leave the Ellimist's game out and just let the encounter remain a chance one?
I'm well aware of the whole picture-in-the-ship debate...discuss if you want, or pass over it since we already had along debate about it. Your choice.
Anyone know if all the first copies have the snippet of book 2 but the ad in back for book 3? Or do any have a book 2 ad instead?
Prompt...um....life changing experience?
Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the "light" was only a plane – from another planet. Here’s where Jake’s story gets a little weird. It’s where they’re told that the human race is under attack – and given the chance to fight back.
Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen…
Prequel – Create a work based on the time before the books take place. It can be the morning of, the night before, or 10 years ago, as long as it’s something that happened before that Friday night at the mall.
- The first book, obviously, introduces a lot of characters. Give us your first impressions of everyone. Of the group as a whole. Imagine you are reading the series for the first time (or remember when you did); what do you think will happen to them? How will each character handle the challenges before them?
- Denial. Obviously the book is short and they couldn’t spend too long dwelling on that stage, but discuss how the kids reacted to Elfangor, both that night and the days after. Do you think it was realistic? How would you have reacted in the same situation?
- Each of the kids have different motivations driving them throughout the book. Discuss the ins and outs of what’s driving them. Does it make sense to you? Are their reasons valid? Do they have to be?
- Discuss The Sharing and their approach to getting ‘full members.’ Is it an effective angle? Would you be interested, in either full or associate membership?
- Common sense: be nice, be literate, be mature. If you can’t handle that, we’ll ask you to leave.
- Start on topic. If your conversation takes you into the land of ferrets and their evil quest to take over the world, run with it. But please at least start off talking about the book or subjects at hand.
- The questions and prompts are optional. Do not feel obliged to keep your comments only to what we have posted. They are a guide, a starting point, not a limitation.
- There is no time limit.
- Don’t delete your comments, unless it’s for the purpose of fixing typos.
- Keep your discussion to the current or previous books.