THE INVASION by K.A. Applegate
Series: Animorphs #1
Scholastic: Scholastic Paperbacks
Released: June 1, 1996
Page Count: 184
Rating: Really liked it!
The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they're fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them. So begins K.A. Applegate's epic series about five normal kids with a limitless amount of forms and abilities.
I was so excited to find out that this series is being re-released! I was only able to read a couple of these books growing up, and I’ve always wanted to go back and read them. Of course, it wasn’t until after I’d spent far too much money on the original series that I found out it was being released… but I love the original covers, so I can’t complain too much.
I think kids love this series for the same reasons that I love it: Kid power! These few kids are the only people on Earth who know what’s going on with the alien invasion, and they do everything in their power to fix the situation. The series alternates through various points of view, so both boys and girls are bound to find a character they’ll connect with. It’s science fiction that concentrates on the human characters, so it’s not too overpowering. With action, suspense, and humor, there is potentially something for everyone in this series.