Title: The Predator (Animorphs #5)
Author: K.A. Applegate
Publication Date: December 1996
Length: 150 pages
Warning: This is a review of the 5th book in a series, and will therefore contain spoilers from the series up to this point.
Ax, the Andalite introduced in the previous book, wants to go home. To do this, he wants the Animorphs to help him steal a Yeerk ship. The plan is for Ax to build a communicator that will send a distress beacon to the Yeerks, so that they'll send a ship down, while the Animorphs wait in ambush.
I swear, their plans get crazier with every book. At least they recognise that their ideas are crazy, but still they go through with them. Slight spoiler: It doesn't work. I can't say much more without spoiling it, but things don't go particularly well. Also, there's a twist! I unfortunately wasn't surprised, since it was on the back of the next book, which I foolishly glanced at. This series is bad for that! Don't read the backs of the books (or the Goodreads summaries) of books later in the series!
Marco was a good narrator. He wasn't as negative as I had feared. He's got just the right amount of cynicism and sarcasm, I think. And it was nice to see the real him, rather than just the jokes he uses to cover up his real feelings. That's a nice thing about this series. The main characters take turns narrating a book, so you really get to know all of them over time.
Ax is a fun addition to the group. When he morphs into a human and goes to the mall, he really shows the fact that he's just a kid. He's so excited by his new senses (especially taste) that he goes nuts, eating leftover food in the food court, and the group is lucky to get out of there alive. I look forward to more of him (though unfortunately the next book goes back to Jake rather than introducing Ax into the cycle right away).
This book also counts for the 2012 A-Z Book Challenge.