[identity profile] poparena.livejournal.com
Jake wakes up ten years older and in a Yeerk-conquered New York. Now he has to face the his greatest challenge yet: office politics. DUN DUN DUN!

You can watch it in one piece here:

http://blip.tv/pop-arena/opinionated-animorphs-book-guide-41-the-familiar-7118992

or you can watch it in two pieces below the cut.

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[identity profile] neverfinding.livejournal.com
 So I just read #41 the familiar for the first time...
cut in case of spoilers )
[identity profile] buffyangellvr23.livejournal.com
After a particularly nasty fight,Jake wakes up the morning after in a Yeerk-dominated world. He's thought to be a controller and must hide the fact that he's not. He continues to find more and more shocking things-Marco is Visser Two. Ax is a controller and was used to take the Andalite world. Tobias has become an Andalite nothlit. Visser Three is Visser One and a big hero.

When Jake finds Cassie, he is ultimately forced to make a choice. The moon is going to be made into a kendrona. But Jake is faced with the fact that he can't rescue Cassie and save the world in time.

I kinda like this one, I have a spot for dystopian type novels.

I've always been intrigued by the ending, though, and why it was left open ended.
[identity profile] buffyangellvr23.livejournal.com
Jake is just a normal kid. Well, as normal as possible considering he can morph animals and he's in a war against parasitic aliens. But as unbelieveable as it sounds, something even stranger has happened. One morning Jake wakes up and he's 25 years old.

Okay maybe it's some kind of wierd hallucination. Maybe it's a nightmare. Or maybe Jake's just lost it for a while and misplaced a few years. And there's another problem. The world Jake-the-kid went to sleep in has changed, and it's ruled by Yeerks. Jake has to find out if the other Animorphs and Ax are still around. Still somehow fighting. Or if he's really on his own.

I like this one because I'm a sucker for dystopian novels. A lot of wierd things in it though. You can't tell if it's a dream, hallucination, or what.

Why do you think the end is left ambigious? What was Jake's choice? I think he saved the world, there wasn't really any other choice. I have to break the rule about not going ahead this time. Was the voice at the end of the book The One, or someone else? Some people think it was.

And why didn't Cassie or Rachel either one morph?

I'm pretty sure the Aftermath game(http://www.animorphsafter.proboards.com) was at least partly inspired by this. *inserts blantant plug lol*

Prompt...dagnabit I can't come up with one this time. But I'll edit later if one comes to mind.
[identity profile] julygreen.livejournal.com

I've been doing a mass reread in the last while, and I've been thinking about #41, with its extremely ambiguous ending.
 
Obviously, it's very much left open to interpretation what Jake decided ... the way he calls Cassie at the end could play into either scenario.

My personal opinion is that Jake chose to sacrifice Cassie.  To me, this book marks a turning point in his character, and the events here set the stage for him to make the decision that he did in 53.  In light of how he acts later, I think it seems inevitable that he did choose to sacrifice her here.


What do you guys think Jake chose to do?
 

Also, what do you think of the theory that the being at the end is The One?  To me, it doesn't seem like it.  The way it spoke was rather dissimilar to The One.  But another high-up omnipotent being is hard to swallow - unless it's some kind of Ellimist squared, on a par with The One (who I always thought of  as basically Crayak2).  (Ooh, fanfic idea ...)

NYC

Sep. 11th, 2006 08:46 pm
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_sapphiredreams/
Just yesterday I read book #41 "The Familiar". In it our peace loving Cassie uses a bomb to make a NYC building come crashing down. The book was published in May 2000. It's ironic that a similar scene would become reality a little over a year later. The human Cassie said she was fighting a war. The Yeerks just thought of her as a terrorist who was a nuisance. Jake also thought that Cassie was a terrorist. She crossed the line by killing innocent people who were just going about their lives, controlled though they were. I'm not sure if I'm trying to say anything here, but I just thought that I'd throw the thought out there into the cosmic void.
[identity profile] nyonyo.livejournal.com
I just read #41 for the first time, and I had a thought...

General opinion is that The One was the being messing with Jake's head in the book. It manipulates the world Jake is in so that he is left with a choice between saving the world or saving one of the team, and altogether the book seems to symbolize the choices that Jake ends up making in the final books.

But, even if the choice he makes at the end of #41 is left to be ambiguous, it seems almost certain that the exercise shaped Jake's perspective during the final battle. If he hadn't made the choice to sacrifice Rachel, he may have come up with a different plan. The Blade ship may never have gotten away, so Ax would never have been chasing it, and then he never would have been captured by The One at all...and, in turn, the rest of the group never would have followed after him.

So is it possible that #41 was an exercise for The Borg One to put all of these events in motion, just for the sake of capturing humans for "further study"? Has anyone else thought this, or am I just desperately fanwanking for the sake of making the end of #54 seem more thought-out and meaningful?
[identity profile] blessedsmile.livejournal.com
I just reread this one (I've been on a rereading kick) and I was confused as to why Rachel hadn't morphed to get rid of her crippled form. The only thing I could think of is to prevent her from becoming a host body, but I feel like she could have escaped anyway, with the headstart and the morphing power.
[identity profile] sleepall-day.livejournal.com
Hey everyone, I'm sorry if this is a sort of pointless question, but I've been rereading the series and got to #41, The Familiar... and yeah, I remember being confused when I first read it. It didn't make much sense to me. Is it supposed to be symbolic in some way? And what was really the point of the book? Did anybody think it was good?

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