i am legitimately crying over this book, not the series but this one particular book
this is it, the theme of this little two-hour young adult fiction novella is what makes us human- mercy, freedom, right and wrong, sacrifice. it’s beautiful and i feel so much better about being a human being now that i’ve read it, do yourself a favor and put this on your list because this is easily one of the most important books ever written
"I live with humans. I respect them. But my hearts are still Andalite. No matter what anyone ever says about me and about what happened on Leera, I am true to my own people.And yet there are times when I wonder: Who are my own people? My race, my species? My family? My friends? My allies?”- #18: The Decision
I turned around. It was an older human. He was paler than Marco, but other features were similar. Marco had warned me to say nothing to his father but “yes” and “no.”
"No," I said to Marco’s father.
"I’m Marco’s dad. Are you a friend of his?"
"What’s your name?"
"No," I answered.
"Your name is ‘No’?"
"That’s an unusual name, isn’t it?"
"Yes, it’s not an unusual name?"
"Now I’m totally confused."
Marco’s father stared at me. Then, in a loud voice he yelled, “Hey, Marco? Marco? Would you … um … your friend is here. Your friend ‘No’ is here.”
"No," I said.
"Yes, that’s what I said."
Marco came running down the stairs. “Whoa!” he cried. “Um, Dad! You met my friend?”
"No?" Marco’s father said.
"What?" Marco asked.
Marco’s father shook his head. “I must be getting old. I don’t understand you kids.”
"Yes," I offered.
After that, we went to the bookstore.
"We’re pretty sure the cop is a Controller. And I don’t care what you say, Jake, I think Tom is, too. So, here’s the deal. You want to get into this fight against the Yeerks?" Marco asked me. "Fine. Let’s see how much you want to do it when it turns out it’s your own brother you have to destroy."
That stopped me cold.
"It’s not exactly some video game, is it?" Marco said. "This is reality. You don’t know anything about reality, Jake. Nothing bad has ever really happened to you. You have this perfect family. Like I used to have."
His voice cracked a little. He never talked about his mom’s death.
I realized he was right. I didn’t know about reality. Not the way reality had happened to Marco — and to Tobias."
This is from the very first book.
Marco could see that very likely (and correct) outcome to what it would mean to enter in the fight. He knew Jake would have to fight his brother. And in a war, it’s life and death.
For as “immature” as Marco pretended to be, he was actually one of the only one who really saw what could (and would) happen. One could argue that Cassie saw the realities to a war, but her realities were much more personally driven, while Marco’s realities were just that - the reality of the war.
Marco had already dealt with the realities of life and death. He came from a good background. His parents loved each other and loved him. His dad had a good job. (I forget if his mom had a job and I’m too lazy to look it up.) And he saw how quickly that can all fall apart and how devastating death can be. He watched his dad unable to cope with his mother’s death. He had to learn how to deal with his new economical status. He took care of himself, and his dad, rather than the father taking care of the child.
Marco is the only one who knew how their choice would actually affect them.
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"Don’t look," Rachel said to her. She put her arm around Cassie’s shoulder and held her close.
Then she reached for Tobias and took his hand. I guess you never really know someone till you see them scared. And even scared to death, with tears running down her face, Rachel had strength to spare.
Anbody remember the Animoprhs book series???
Happy Thanksgiving guys! Here’s the final page of Animorphs: The Invasion chapter 1! You can view the comic in it’s entirety from the beginning HERE on my website at DwEWorlds.com
So, I managed to read this last night when I was worn out, and fell asleep thinking about it and other Animorphs things, including the Yeerk Homeworld meta I want to write eventually, but anyway. Erek. Let’s talk about Erek!
Erek the Chee is one of the most faceted characters in the books, I think. He’s first portrayed to us as a probable enemy to the Animorphs, and then within five pages quickly becomes “We could have an actual ally?!” and the relationship gets more and more complex and dramatic from there.
But it’s clear at the end of Book 10 that the violence he has inflicted isn’t kind to him. And with the memories of his violence fresh in their mind, the Animorphs are okay with letting him continue to be a nonviolent ally, rather than a fighter alongside or in front of them. The thing that Book 10, The Android, points out clearly from the get go: For Erek, those memories are always just as fresh as they were in the first minute he had them. Humans, the Animorphs included, forget things, rewrite their memories in specific ways, things like that.
I think that taking this as a factor sheds a lot of light on the motivations for both Erek and the Animorphs at the end of the series. Erek for not wanting to be complicit to that level of violence again, and the Animorphs, who have been on the front lines this entire time, who have the coping mechanisms of living beings and have buried that slaughter in memories of their own violences, for wanting a way to end the War.
The Attack is an interesting book because it plays in the middle of this dynamic. The thing about this book? The enemy here is not the Yeerks. It’s not any Controllers, it is no species the Animorphs fight more than this once.
It’s the Howlers. The Howlers, who exterminated the Chee’s creators - those who they were made to be friends to. And Erek? Along with the rest of the Chee, Erek has memories of that slaughter, the slaughter of his creators, the sick slow death some of them faced on the journey to Earth, where desperate, the Chee did the only thing they could to keep parts of their creators alive, and made dogs.
Erek’s memories of the Howlers slaughtering the Pemalites are just as vivid as those of him slaughtering the Controllers in The Android, despite the thousands and thousands of Earth years in between.
The Attack isn’t a mission for Erek. It’s an opportunity for vengeance. A vengeance that he really didn’t get to take - that he couldn’t take, because of the same programming that he’d overridden before and was loathe to do again.
But Erek doesn’t have that vengeance at the end of the series. The Pemalites won’t be avenged on the Yeerks defeat. This is Jake’s vengeance, not Erek’s, and Jake forces his hand into it, for reasons that are valid from Jake’s point of view at the time, but for reasons Erek resents. Just because Jake was encouraged by circumstance to manipulate Erek into these acts does not make Jake’s manipulation okay. Erek justifiably resents Jake for using his programming against him.
In short, Jake? In the end, when he needed what he could take from Erek, Jake pulled his strings like a puppetmaster - like a Yeerk - and forced Erek’s hand into it, into doing something that Erek had no choice to do. And if you don’t think that Jake didn’t know what he was doing, I’m sorry, but he really, really did.
Jake Berenson won the war. Jake Berenson halted the Yeerk invasion of Earth, and saved the planet. And he had to do some pretty horrible things to do that, and Erek’s manipulation is the one that everyone forgets about.
Erek has a long memory. He can never forget his time on the Pool ship, just as he can never forget the genocide of the Pemalites, just as he can never forget the slaughter he himself committed in The Android. Erek can’t forget the way that we do, the way Jake needs to. And Erek knows that the entire time, even when the humans - ha. Even when the humans forget.