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gourdcaptain
Nov 16, 2012



I like getting the Yeerk POV. I kinda strongly dislike this book with Cassie making this grand bargain for one person's freedom and then... just kinda getting away with not having to pay any of it in the long run with a really absurd excuse for the morphing clock being reset?

Well, in Aftran's defense for thinking she'd be stuck as a caterpillar, she did say she only knew what a small child knew about Earth animals. :P

Be kinda great if the next time we saw Aftran see Cassie she briefly looked incredibly shocked, muttered something under her breath, and then just moved on.

gourdcaptain fucked around with this message at 05:40 on Apr 8, 2021

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Jazerus
May 24, 2011



i feel like this is 100% a KA book which means it can be pretty sloppy with the sci-fi aspects like the technological basis of morphing and yeerk logistics, but it's really strong on the themes and emotions. i guess that means that either #18 or #20 is mostly from the pen of michael grant, and i could see either of those being the case. i'm leaning toward #20 since it's a marco book and marco is very much michael's character in the same way that cassie is KA's, but #18 was a big star trek adventure that i could see coming mostly from him, too.

i can forgive a plot hole after so many solid books without any big ones, honestly. they've been going for two years straight at this point doing a book every month and are about six months away from burning out thoroughly enough to turn the bulk of the writing over to ghostwriters, which i don't think either of them really wanted to do.

Fuschia tude
Dec 26, 2004

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Jazerus posted:

i feel like this is 100% a KA book which means it can be pretty sloppy with the sci-fi aspects like the technological basis of morphing and yeerk logistics, but it's really strong on the themes and emotions. i guess that means that either #18 or #20 is mostly from the pen of michael grant, and i could see either of those being the case. i'm leaning toward #20 since it's a marco book and marco is very much michael's character in the same way that cassie is KA's, but #18 was a big star trek adventure that i could see coming mostly from him, too.

I'm not sure we can make that assumption. Grant says that out of all possible ways to divide the work (across, I assume, all their series), they've tried them all. "I write a book, you write a book"; "I write the first half, you write the last half"; "I write a chapter, you write a chapter"; "I write descriptions, you write dialog"; whatever. So the chances that any given book will happen to have been 100% the work of him or her seem pretty slim.

Jazerus
May 24, 2011



Fuschia tude posted:

I'm not sure we can make that assumption. Grant says that out of all possible ways to divide the work (across, I assume, all their series), they've tried them all. "I write a book, you write a book"; "I write the first half, you write the last half"; "I write a chapter, you write a chapter"; "I write descriptions, you write dialog"; whatever. So the chances that any given book will happen to have been 100% the work of him or her seem pretty slim.

i agree in general, but have you ever noticed that cassie and marco books are in the line-up side by side? i suspect that the "i write a book, you write a book" method that he's talking about is referring to the division of cassie and marco between them, while they used other methods for the other characters to give each of them a distinct voice. clearly they did author books separately at some point, why not these books, right now?

anyway i wasn't really asking anybody else to "make that assumption". somebody says that every time i speculate that a particular book might be mostly katherine or michael, as though simply speculating about it is somehow incorrect, and i'm not sure why; this is my opinion and you don't have to share it. to me it feels like KA, to the extent that you can discern their separate authorial voices in this series at all (and i think sometimes it's pretty clear who's doing what, but you might not think so and that's okay!)

Jazerus fucked around with this message at 06:52 on Apr 8, 2021

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Homora Gaykemi posted:

i really liked what they were doing with this, even if it was a bit hamfisted and the logistics don't entirely work

WrightOfWay posted:

The ending was definitely dumb and obviously a cop out to maintain the status quo and I don't think Aftran (and the Yeerks as a whole) come off as sympathetically as KAA probably intended but I'm glad she tried, even if it kind of fell flat.

Having now read this three times at three very different ages, this is where I've landed on it. Good on you for having a go!

Edna Mode posted:

Hm, that's not the ending I remember for Aftran. Don't they give it the morphing power and it becomes a whale?

This happens later down the line, and maybe it's why I'm more sympathetic to this book, since the one down the line is the best ticking clock, Animorphs getting picked off one by one, desperate solo mission culmination book in the whole series apart from Ax on planet Leera.

Jazerus posted:

i can forgive a plot hole after so many solid books without any big ones, honestly. they've been going for two years straight at this point doing a book every month and are about six months away from burning out thoroughly enough to turn the bulk of the writing over to ghostwriters, which i don't think either of them really wanted to do.

Yeah, I think this series is a pretty classic example (whether it's books or TV or whatever) of runaway success taking the authors by surprise. No way did they think they'd end up writing 50+ books when they sat down at the start of it.

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Oh, also: super psyched for the next part of the story which is almost indisputably the peak of the series.

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

I think part of it with the ending is that Applegate sort of wrote herself into a corner. She needed Cassie to do some sort of major leap of faith to justify peace, she needed Cassie to convince Aftran that Aftran was wrong, and she needed both Cassie and Karen to be alive by the end of it. So....

ANOTHER SCORCHER
Aug 12, 2018


This is all one big thing.


Aftran could probably be in Karen but not controlling her, getting to experience the world through her eyes but without meaningful agency besides being an advisor.

TheGreatEvilKing
Mar 28, 2016



I am pretty sure Cassie becoming a butterfly is supposed to be symbolic of her being able to empathize with the Yeerks and whatnot.

Seeing as these guys have a literal god who follows them around and makes small changes... eh.

disaster pastor
May 1, 2007



Epicurius posted:

I think part of it with the ending is that Applegate sort of wrote herself into a corner. She needed Cassie to do some sort of major leap of faith to justify peace, she needed Cassie to convince Aftran that Aftran was wrong, and she needed both Cassie and Karen to be alive by the end of it. So....

Yeah. It's a fine book that could have been a great book if it didn't have such a weak ending, but I absolutely get how the process led to that ending.

QuickbreathFinisher
Sep 28, 2008

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Ok in addition to Karen surviving, I feel like maybe the yeerks would be a little more suspicious of this girl who went missing at the same time as their Rich Guy's Kid and got a sudden blast of media coverage afterwards. Like the non-controller led search parties were looking for both of them. How would no one in the Yeerk empire try to check out either of these girls.

Is there a way this could have been written where it took longer than three days for them to be found, then Aftran is presumed dead and the Yeerks give up on the (pretty bad) plan to get this rich guy through his young daughter? Cassie's plot pretty much would stay the same, but the Yeerks are already well established give-up artists. Even then there would still be scrutiny and an attempt to check out and probably infest Cassie. Especially since her clinic got a huge burst of money from Karen's father.

Plot holes aside, I really love this book. I think it's easy to dismiss Cassie as a moralizing coward and maybe stupid for risking so much, but I think her books really let K.A.'s writing shine, and I always liked the character because I relate to her internal struggle to do the right thing. I loved the last few chapters, from Cassie willingly letting Aftran infest her to the end. It's a little too pat but it's a really interesting bottle episode.

The chekov's leopard, I will say, was the goofiest part to me. She doesn't even acquire it!

Fritzler
Sep 5, 2007




QuickbreathFinisher posted:

Ok in addition to Karen surviving, I feel like maybe the yeerks would be a little more suspicious of this girl who went missing at the same time as their Rich Guy's Kid and got a sudden blast of media coverage afterwards. Like the non-controller led search parties were looking for both of them. How would no one in the Yeerk empire try to check out either of these girls.
Rachel got all that press a few books back between the house and crocodile out. Now her best friend too? I wonder what kids at her school or Chapman think.

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

QuickbreathFinisher posted:

Is there a way this could have been written where it took longer than three days for them to be found, then Aftran is presumed dead and the Yeerks give up on the (pretty bad) plan to get this rich guy through his young daughter? Cassie's plot pretty much would stay the same, but the Yeerks are already well established give-up artists. Even then there would still be scrutiny and an attempt to check out and probably infest Cassie. Especially since her clinic got a huge burst of money from Karen's father.

That might work. The big problem with that is, if it takes more than three days for them to be found, how do you keep Aftran alive Aftran doesn't have any Kadrona access.

I mean, the thing that makes me go "eh" is that the Yeerks couldn't infest banker dad even after his daughter has been infested. Just have Karen/Aftran put a Yeerk in a jar and drop it on his pillow when he's asleep or something.

gourdcaptain
Nov 16, 2012



QuickbreathFinisher posted:

The chekov's leopard, I will say, was the goofiest part to me. She doesn't even acquire it!
Clearly, Visser Three thought this random leopard razor-focused on attacking one of their hosts must be an Andalite Bandit and sent all of his people to track it down to the exclusion of following any of the other leads in the book. :P

dungeon cousin
Nov 26, 2012

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gourdcaptain posted:

Clearly, Visser Three thought this random leopard razor-focused on attacking one of their hosts must be an Andalite Bandit and sent all of his people to track it down to the exclusion of following any of the other leads in the book. :P

That might be what happened to the leopard if there was no mention of it getting captured. Human-Controllers are probably instructed to eliminate any out of place animal they come across.

I guess one way that Karen can be free without drawing attention from the Yeerks is if she's still going to the pool every three days to not seem suspicious. Yeerks somehow know when their host is being dipped into the pool, maybe through sound or smell, so other Yeerks wouldn't go to Karen if Aftran already has dibs. Aftran could pretend to infest Karen though that part is trick as it really depends on how far in hosts are submerged and what the other Controllers on the pier can see.

Comrade Blyatlov
Aug 4, 2007


should have picked four fingers


I mean.... most Yeerks would have zero reason whatsoever to think a host would have their head jammed under and not be infested.

Jazerus
May 24, 2011



dungeon cousin posted:

That might be what happened to the leopard if there was no mention of it getting captured. Human-Controllers are probably instructed to eliminate any out of place animal they come across.

I guess one way that Karen can be free without drawing attention from the Yeerks is if she's still going to the pool every three days to not seem suspicious. Yeerks somehow know when their host is being dipped into the pool, maybe through sound or smell, so other Yeerks wouldn't go to Karen if Aftran already has dibs. Aftran could pretend to infest Karen though that part is trick as it really depends on how far in hosts are submerged and what the other Controllers on the pier can see.

the yeerk pool is described as a dark grey sludge and hork-bajir, the standard escorts, have poor vision. it could work as long as aftran pretends to be somebody else in the pool and karen can sell the "infestation" every time, but karen would still have to pretend to be a controller in order to report on her dad...seems a bit much for someone so young, but maybe.

Pwnstar
Dec 9, 2007

Who wants some waffles?



I really hate the sci-fi argument "heh well humans kill cows so you are just as bad as us mass enslavers/genociders/public toilet despoilers"

nine-gear crow
Aug 10, 2013

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Pwnstar posted:

I really hate the sci-fi argument "heh well humans kill cows so you are just as bad as us mass enslavers/genociders/public toilet despoilers"

Especially because later in the books, they don't shy away from calling out the actual literal Holocaust vis-a-vis the Yeerks in certain capacities.

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

Pwnstar posted:

I really hate the sci-fi argument "heh well humans kill cows so you are just as bad as us mass enslavers/genociders/public toilet despoilers"

Keep on mind that's Aftran's argument, which both Cassie and Marco push back against. Aftran is clearly making a false and self-serving argument here.

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QuickbreathFinisher posted:

The chekov's leopard, I will say, was the goofiest part to me. She doesn't even acquire it!

Is there any reason it couldn't just be a mountain lion?

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

freebooter posted:

Is there any reason it couldn't just be a mountain lion?

Leopards are more exciting.

QuickbreathFinisher
Sep 28, 2008

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Pwnstar posted:

I really hate the sci-fi argument "heh well humans kill cows so you are just as bad as us mass enslavers/genociders/public toilet despoilers"

ok but have you considered

Jazerus
May 24, 2011



Epicurius posted:

Keep on mind that's Aftran's argument, which both Cassie and Marco push back against. Aftran is clearly making a false and self-serving argument here.

aftran is indoctrinated. i get the impression that she's...fairly young? certainly of the generation that has grown up in space, knowing only the empire. "we're no worse than the sapient predator species" is probably something you learn in yeerk kindergarten, on yeerk president's day where all the kids make banners of the emperor and visser three.

this is really what makes the yeerks genuinely morally ambiguous - probably only a few yeerks made it off of their homeworld on the ships they stole from the andalites, and these impatient, arrogant bandits were the ones who declared an empire and molded its ideology. some of those yeerks may still be at the top of the government, and certainly some of them are still around - chapman's yeerk was born on the homeworld, as were visser one and temrash, tom's original yeerk. esplin also, most likely, considering that he was able to accurately envision the yeerk homeworld when he used the time matrix. to what degree can you assign moral responsibility to the average citizen of the yeerk empire? how many yeerks sit on the homeworld in the stone age, blamed for the actions of a few and under eternal blockade?

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

Jazerus posted:

aftran is indoctrinated. i get the impression that she's...fairly young? certainly of the generation that has grown up in space, knowing only the empire. "we're no worse than the sapient predator species" is probably something you learn in yeerk kindergarten, on yeerk president's day where all the kids make banners of the emperor and visser three.

The other thing about Aftran is, we know from what she's said and done, she has doubts about the war already, before she met Cassie. That's why she took the job Controlling Karen, "so she wouldn't have to kill", and why she was so happy her brother had the job he did as backup security to a sharing meeting. She also at one point throws out as a side comment that the Yeerks have people like Cassie...people opposed to the war and who think it's wrong to take unwilling hosts. She never says how she feels about them, but the fact that she brings them up, and doesn't seem to do so in a bitter or angry sort of way is sort of a suggestion that maybe she isn't entirely unsympathetic to their ideas. She also points out contemptuously that the Vissers spend more time fighting each other than they do the enemies of the Yeerks.

They say sometimes that there's no stronger propagandist than someone with doubts themselves, because they're not just trying to convince you they're right, but also themselves. And I think that might be where Aftran is at the beginning of the book. She's not entirely convinced of the rightness of the Yeerk cause, but she needs to convince herself that it is right. It's easy to do when she thinks she's talking to an Andalite, because she hates them...they've been the enemy for like 30-40 years, but when she discovers Cassie is a human, she has to come face to face with the idea that the people the Yeerks are hurting aren't just the Andalites, but also humans, who are more or less defenseless and victims. So she gets defensive, and she gets really defensive when Cassie suggests that Karen doesn't hate Aftran, but pities Aftran. She can hate an enemy who hates her. It's harder to know how you should feel around somebody like Karen or Cassie, who pities you. She needs the hate of humans to justify what the Yeerk are doing to humans. When Cassie refuses to hate her, and is even willing to sacrifice herself for Karen, and for Aftran herself, it just completely disarms her.

And maybe it's just because Easter was this past Sunday, but I want to point out that Cassie sacrificed herself by hanging off a piece of wood, dying, and then resurrecting three days later to redeem Aftran from her sins, and if that isn't symbolism that hits you in the face with a two-by-four, well....

Fuschia tude
Dec 26, 2004

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Jazerus posted:

i agree in general, but have you ever noticed that cassie and marco books are in the line-up side by side? i suspect that the "i write a book, you write a book" method that he's talking about is referring to the division of cassie and marco between them, while they used other methods for the other characters to give each of them a distinct voice. clearly they did author books separately at some point, why not these books, right now?

Well for one thing they're not very far removed from the birth of their first child, which took Applegate out of commission and left Grant as basically the solo writer for several months at least. That happened around Book #13 IIRC.

Also they're not even writing one book a month but one every three weeks. Remember there's the non-series books in there too, which also tend to be 2-3x longer.

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

Ok, everyone. Strap in. It is time for:

Animorphs-Book 20-The Discovery, Chapter 1

quote:

My name is Marco.

Her name is T’Shondra.

Isn’t that a beautiful name? A beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Which is what I told her as I sidled up casually to her locker.

“T’Shondra,” I said.

“Marco,” she said.

“A beautiful name for a beautiful girl,” I said.

“What is? Marco?”

“No, T’Shondra.”

“What?”

“T’Shondra. I was just saying I thought it would be a beautiful name for a beautiful girl.”

“Oh, really!” she said, giving me serious fish-eye. “It would be, huh? For a beautiful girl. But not for me, huh? Is that what you’re saying? You just came all the way over here, acting all cool, to tell me I should give my name to some beautiful girl because I’m too much of a pig to have the name?”

At this point I could have explained. But I had this bad feeling that the moment was past. You know? Like nothing I could possibly say was going to make this work.

“How about if we just say this conversation never happened?” I suggested. “How about if I just turn and walk away?”

“That would be a good idea."

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, my name is Marco. And I can’t tell you my last name or where I live. Why not? Because I’m hoping to live long enough to figure out females, that’s why. I mean, is it just me, or are they way too sensitive?

The other day I’m talking to this girl named Danielle. And she happens to work out a lot, so she is very strong. But in a good way. In a good way, I emphasize. So I say to her, “Whoa, Danielle, you’re looking way buff. Look at those shoulders of yours. You could practically be a boy.”

What does she do? Does she say, “Thanks, Marco, for paying me a compliment”? No. She calls over this guy she likes, this guy named Justin Mullins, and says, “Marco just said I look like a boy!”

Well. The end result was me running down the hall yelling, “I meant it in a nice way! Stop chasing me. It was a compliment!”

Marco, showing off his typical charm and skill with the ladies. In case you're wondering, Justin Mullins was a kid who wrote K.A. Applegate asking to be a character in one of the books. No idea what the real Justin Mullins is doing nowadays. But if you're on Something Awful, tell us how your brush with fame went.

quote:

But that’s beside the point. I’ve been chased by worse than Justin Mullins. I’ve been chased by Hork-Bajir warriors. I’ve been chased by Taxxons. I’ve been chased by Visser Three himself.

Here’s the thing you need to understand: Life isn’t what you think it is. There are things going on that you don’t understand.

Earth is being invaded. By some not-nice creatures called Yeerks. They are a parasitic species, like tapeworms. Only they get into your head, not your stomach.

They control you. Utterly. Totally. You’re the Muppet and they’re the hand. We call people like that Controllers. That’s what you are when you’re nothing but a human puppet under the control of the Yeerk in your head.

They are everywhere. They can be anyone. You’ll never know for sure. Your dad, your mom, your brothers and sisters, the guy who comes to the house and fixes the furnace, the smarmy anchorman on the news, the politician, the teacher, the cute little kid … There is no way to know. No way to be sure who is, and who is not.

And who is resisting this alien invasion? Who is protecting Earth from this slow-motion, secret conquest by brain-controlling parasites?

Well, prepare to be depressed. Because the only ones fighting the Yeerks are me, four of my friends, and a half-horse, half-scorpion, half-humanoid Andalite we call Ax.

Yes, I know that’s too many halves.

The point is, it’s me and a handful of my friends trying to save humanity.

Now you’re worried, right?

Fortunately, we do have certain powers. We have the ability to become any animal whose DNA we can acquire.

Seriously.

It wasn’t something we were born with. We’re not freaks. We’re not some circus act. We’re not the X-Men. Our morphing powers come from Andalite technology. Long story made short: A doomed Andalite prince named Elfangor used a small, blue box to transform us in such a way that we can absorb DNA through touch, and then, just by focusing our thoughts, become that animal.

Obviously, this is technology that is just slightly ahead of human technology. The Andalites are very, very advanced. I hear they even have a Web browser that actually works. Not to mention thatwhole faster-than-light space-travel thing.

The sad thing is, the thing even I can’t joke about, is what happened right after Elfangor gave us this power. That’s when Visser Three, the leader of the Yeerk forces on Earth, arrived with Hork- Bajir and human-Controllers and murdered Elfangor.

Visser Three morphed … Yes, that’s right, he has the morphing power, too. There are millions of Hork-Bajir that have been made into Controllers. And millions of Taxxons. And at least thousands of humans.

But there is only one Andalite-Controller. Just one Yeerk who has an Andalite host body. Just one who has the Andalite morphing power.

Visser Three.

It was Visser Three who morphed into some hideous beast whose DNA he’d acquired on some far-distant world. And, literally, ate Elfangor.

Then they annihilated all traces of Elfangor’s ship. All traces.

Or so I’d thought.

I was walking away from T’Shondra, shaking my head and muttering to myself about females, when I saw it.

I didn’t even see the kid holding it at first. I just saw the box.

The blue box.

The morphing cube.

Uh oh.

Chapter 2

quote:

“Yo!” I said to the boy with the blue box.

I don’t know why I said “Yo!” I am not a “Yo!” kind of person. It was all I could think to say. I was too busy having a heart attack to think of anything else.

See, that blue box was supposed to have been destroyed.

That blue box represented more power than half the weapons in the world combined. That little blue box could give anyone morphing power.

The Yeerks would do anything to get it. And when I say “anything” I mean some things you don’t even want to think about.

So I said “Yo!”

And the kid stopped walking. He looked at me like maybe he should know me but couldn’t quite remember me.

He was a little taller than me. Most people are. He had blond hair and brown eyes and a look on his face like maybe he had an attitude.

“What?” he asked me.

“Um … I don’t know you, do I?” I said.

“I’m new,” he said.

“Ah,” I remarked. Normally words come easily to me. But I was in brain-lock. I kept scanning around the crowded hallway, looking for Jake. Or Cassie. Someone with some sense. Not Rachel.

Rachel’s idea of dealing with this kid would probably involve dragging him into the nearest closet, morphing into her grizzly bear morph, and getting that blue box the quick and direct way.

But I didn’t see Jake. Or Cassie. Or even Rachel.

“So. My name is Marco.”

“I’m David.”

“David! Okay. Good name.”

David gave me a look like maybe I was an idiot. And to be honest with you, I wasn’t doing much to change his opinion.

“Later,” he said and started to walk away.

“Hey, David!” I yelled after him. “What’s that blue thing?”

He turned back toward me. “I don’t know. I found it. It was in that construction site over across from the mall. In a hole in a wall. Inside the cement block. Like it had been put in there or something.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah. It’s weird. I mean, it feels like it must be something, you know? Like it’s not just a plainold box. It has some writing on it. Like it might be foreign, or something.”

BRRRRRIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG!

The gentle sound of the bell made me leap approximately a foot in the air.

“Hey! Can I have it? I mean, it looks cool and all. I could pay you … ” I began turning my pockets out. Lint balls … a very old peppermint Life Saver …
“I could pay you a dollar and thirty-two cents,” I offered lamely, holding out the bill, the coins, and the Life Saver.

“Marco, huh?” the kid said.

“Yeah. I’m Marco. Nice to meet you.”

“Even nicer to say good-bye,” he said.

Marco skill at negotiation is almost as advanced as his skill at seduction.

quote:

He walked away. And then, too late, I spotted Jake. I went right up to him, grabbed him by the jacket, and yanked him into the boys’ bathroom.

“Some kid has the blue box!” I hissed.

“What blue box?” he demanded, shoving me back.

“The blue box.” I crouched to look under the stall doors and make sure we were alone. “Elfangor’s blue box.”

Jake’s face went pale. “Oh -”

BRRRRRIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG!

So, yep. This is bad.

nine-gear crow
Aug 10, 2013

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It begiiiiiiiiiins.....

freebooter
Jul 7, 2009

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Love to fit in at my first week in a new school by carrying a weird blue cube around with me

WrightOfWay
Jul 24, 2010




It's David time!

theCalamity
Oct 23, 2010

Cry Havoc and let slip the Hogs of War


The moment I’ve been waiting for

Pwnstar
Dec 9, 2007

Who wants some waffles?



I know I said in the last book about how the best thing would probably be to murder a child but dudes, hear me out here:

Comrade Blyatlov
Aug 4, 2007


should have picked four fingers


They'll cut class to watch Cassie hatch but not to get the blue box?

Fuschia tude
Dec 26, 2004

THUNDERDOME LOSER 2019



theCalamity posted:

The moment I’ve been waiting for

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

Comrade Blyatlov posted:

They'll cut class to watch Cassie hatch but not to get the blue box?

In their defense, Cassie was alone out in the woods somewhere. David is probably in class themselves, so what are they going to do? Skip their classes, and then shake them down in his class until he turns over the box to them?

Comrade Blyatlov
Aug 4, 2007


should have picked four fingers


Given the importance of it?

Yeah.

Epicurius
Apr 10, 2010


College Slice

Comrade Blyatlov posted:

Given the importance of it?

Yeah.

In all likelihood, shaking him down in his class, where they don't have a right to be, won't get them the cube, it will just get them in trouble. It will probably also bring the cube to the attention of Mr. Chapman (because it's the object being fought over), who'll recognize it for what it is, or at least recognize the Andalite writing on it, and now the Yeerks have the cube.

Epicurius fucked around with this message at 14:06 on Apr 9, 2021

Soup du Jour
Sep 8, 2011

I always knew I'd die with a headache.



Epicurius posted:

Ok, everyone. Strap in. It is time for:

Animorphs-Book 20-The Discovery, Chapter 1


Please remain seated, keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times, and no flash photography for the foreseeable future.

Jazerus
May 24, 2011



freebooter posted:

Love to fit in at my first week in a new school by carrying a weird blue cube around with me

cube kid cube kid!!! watch where you're going, cube kid *stuffs ur head in a toilet*

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Pwnstar
Dec 9, 2007

Who wants some waffles?



This is like a kid randomly walking around with the nuclear launch code or something, maintaining your cover is no longer a priority.

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