Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Animorphs #10 - The Android by K.A. Applegate

Title: The Android (Animorphs #10)
Author: K.A. Applegate
Publication Date: September 1997
Length: 170 pages

Warning: This is a review of a book that is not the first in its series. It may contain spoilers from earlier books.

While in dog morph, Marco comes across an old school friend of his, Erek, handing out flyers for the Sharing. The weird thing is, Erek doesn't smell human. Even a human with a Yeerk in his head would still smell human. When Erek gets hit by a truck, his holographic human body flickers, and for a moment his metal body beneath is revealed. The question is, whose side are these androids on?

This was an interesting story. I liked the idea of a species being incapable of causing harm, even to defend themselves, and wanting to change that for their own safety, but then the horror of killing being so terrible to them that they give up that chance. Also, alien species that aren't humanoid (in this case, looking like dogs), are awesome. Sci fi has entirely too many basically-human alien species. Animorphs is great for breaking out of that mold.

This book had some good action, as well as philosophical issues, which are both components of all the best Animorphs books. I really enjoyed this one.

5 stars.

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