Published: May 2011
Rating: 3.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I liked it
If someone told you Earth was under a secret invasion, what would you think? Rachel had a hard time believing it, even after she and her friends saw what they saw – and received an incredible power. The power to become any animal they touch.
Rachel knew they were in danger from the start, so when it’s suggested that they use their new powers to spy on one of their enemies, she rises to the challenge. But when she discovers what they’ll have to do to win, will it be more than Rachel can handle?
Book 2 in the Animorphs series is just as action packed as the first. The story starts off with some downtime for our heroes, but soon sees a return of mortal peril and stealthy alien-watching.
Told from Rachel’s point of view this time, The Visitor is largely an intelligence gathering story, but with edge-of-your-seat, what’s-going-to-happen ending scenes that will make you not want to put the book down until you’ve read that very last page and know whether or not you can breath easy, and that all five friends are safe from the Yeerks and Visser Three. Rachel, Jake and the others are still trying to figure out the best way to stop the Yeerk invasion, and the best place to start is with people they know are taken over – namely, their school principal.
I was just as engrossed in this second story as I was with the first book. More information about our main characters is presented as the series continues, and I think the switch in points of view helps. Even though I wasn’t as big a fan of Rachel as I was Jake, I still enjoyed getting to know her character, and read her thoughts about what has happened to the five of them, and all that they’ve learned. The tension just keeps growing as the story continues, and we’re even introduced to new dimensions of our villains by the end of this book. I think the five are realizing that stopping the Yeerk invasion is not going to be a walk in the park, and Rachel (and Jake) get some pretty big frights near the end (and Tobias has already paid a price).
I still highly recommend this series for elementary school kids, and anyone wanting a quick, light but well-developed and interesting series to read. K. A. Applegate has a way of writing that just drags you into the story and keeps you hooked. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Book received from Scholastic Canada in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!