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Book Title: The Journey|
The author of the book: Katherine Applegate
Edition: Scholastic Inc.
Date of issue: June 2000
ISBN 13: 9780439115162
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Started and finished in a single day, because I had an Animorphs dream the night before (!), which I figured was the universe commanding me to pick up this series again. :'] (For those interested, my dream mostly involved Marco grudgingly, reluctantly admitting his unrequited feelings for Rachel, and some dire shit that I blocked out -- I think it had something to do with Jake and being in Jake's shoes and having to make the calls for a mission.)
ANYWAY. This book! It's the return of the Helmacrons, and so accordingly, it is so so so silly. It's ridiculous and fun, a Magic Schoolbus-esque shrinking romp through Marco's body to track down the tiny rogue aliens. It's the sort of throwaway adventure (without much strategising) I would've associated with much earlier in the series; the main indication of this being 40s-era Animorphs is how efficient and matter-of-fact they were in the fight at the start, and how they automatically meet up at Cassie's barn like debriefing from a military mission. Yet once they enter Marco's body, all plans are thrown out the window, and it's just an impetuous flailing around from situation to situation.
I liked the shared narration in this book, breaking the usual stride of single narrators. I also think I liked it more than the initial Helmacron book, but it definitely does seem to be lighter and aimed for a younger audience. Honestly, I think The Journey exists purely to offset the absolute, complete emotional destruction that was #41 The Familiar and Megamorphs #4 (which, in fact, were so destructive that I haven't been able to finish a book in 2 weeks, which if you know me is a really really big deal). And considering the first time the Helmacrons appeared is after the David trilogy and the Hork-Bajir Chronicles, it's like this series only busts them out -- one of their most ridiculous concepts/premises -- when you REALLY need a pick-me-up.
Several of the quotes I highlighted still had to do with compiling evidence for my not-ship hypothesis. Ugh, ignore me.
(view spoiler)["Can we go in after them?" Jake asked.
Cassie made a face. "Smallest morph... I guess a flea is small enough to get into nasal passages. It might be tight, though. Maybe a tick?"
"Ticks are useless in battle," I said.
"Excuse me," Marco cried. "Are you planning to have a BATTLE in my NOSE?!"
"You have a better suggestion?" I demanded.
"No," Marco whimpered, slumping down on a bale of hay.
I know Marco. Marco is a get-it-done guy. He has the strategic mind fo a serious military man and he's never afraid to make unpopular decisions for the good of the mission. He knew our going after the Helmacrons was the fastest way to solve the problem. He wasn't going to stand in the way of the goal.
"We were just thinking about using the controls aboard the Helmacron ship to shrink ourselves and go after the aliens in Marco's nose," Jake explained.
Marco squeaked. "This is so Magic School Bus. Rachel, have I ever told you that you could definitely be my Ms. Frizzle?"
I ignored him.
Hi, Marco here.
You're expecting some sort of glib remark. A joke, a witty comment. Well, I wasn't in a Jim Carrey kind of space.
The Helmacrons hadn't exactly charmed me the first time around. Basically, I'd decided they were insane. Now they were inside my body.
In there with little unimportant things like my heart and my lungs.
And my friends.
The truth: I was thinking about scribbling out a little note. Telling Jake to take my stereo after I was gone. Explaining to Dad what really happened to Mom. Telling Rachel about the dream where she begged me to marry her.
I stopped just in time for me to see something tumbling toward us. Something big.
He, she, it -- whatever -- was bouncing head over foot like a tumbleweed.
the Helmacron shouted as the wind tossed him/her into somersaults.
Rabies is not a pretty disease. Get it and you have two choices: Start a series of injections within three days. Or die. Die after going awfully, violently insane.
Bottom line: If Marco hadn't morphed, to roach or anything else, he'd be dying. He wouldn't have known he had rabies so he wouldn't have started the treatment in time. When he'd morphed int he kid's closet, almost twelve hours had already gone by.
Other bottom line: It was clear to me that Marco had morphed not to upset Jake or to save his own skinny butt. Not to betray us or because he valued his own life over ours.
He'd morphed because the disease had already begun to twist his mind and distort his judgment. He'd morphed against direct orders because he was slowly going insane.
This was good news. Marco wasn't dying and with this interesting piece of information I could get him off the hook with Jake and the others.
I reached for the phone. Stopped.
Smirked. Maybe in the morning. (hide spoiler)]
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Read information about the authorKatherine Applegate is the author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel CRENSHAW spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.
Katherine has written three picture books: THE BUFFALO STORM; THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF IVAN, THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA (often used as a companion book to THE ONE ONE AND ONLY IVAN for younger readers); and SOMETIMES YOU FLY (publishing in spring, 2018). For beginning readers, Katherine wrote ROSCOE RILEY RULES, a seven-book series.
With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co-wrote ANIMORPHS, a long-running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide.
Katherine lives in Marin County, California, with her family and assorted pets.
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