The Forgotten (Animorphs) Paperback – 20 Nov 1998
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The Sario Rip was also a pretty weak plot device. The science behind it was just brushed aside and it's never entirely clear why the rip centres around Jake and none of the other characters. I'm also concerned about how frequently this plot device will show up later in the series - time travel can be effective but loses this if it is over utilised. Much like the introduction of the Ellimist in book seven, I suppose we shall have to wait and see.
In terms of characterisation, the book did do a good job of showing how Jake is starting to crack under the pressure of being the leader, as well as showing how he is the best suited for this role (even though he may not see it himself). Yet I didn't think Jake really learned anything over the course of this story. While he made mistakes, he didn't seem to take anything away from them on the whole.
All in all, this is definitely a filler story. Hopefully the next book will be a little more engaging.
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Notable moments and inconsistencies:
It's clear when the first chapter opens with timestamps that something important is going to come up regarding the time of day; this is the first book that has done this so it gets your attention.
After flying out to the mission at the beginning of the book, the kids demorph and discuss their next course of action. But somehow at this point Jake is wearing a watch, which he checks for reference. (Cartoon physics: people wear watches in cartoons only if someone's going to need to know what time it is at some point. Then the watches disappear.) As they make such a point all the time of only being able to morph their skin-tight morphing outfits, having on a watch might be impossible, though watches are pretty small and pretty tightly attached to a wrist when they're worn, so it's possible that morphing a watch wouldn't be hard. However, this was never clarified, and having the ability to take a watch would have come in handy on a few missions. And speaking of which, Cassie uses strips from a tee shirt as bandages shortly after a morph as well, which makes no sense since she shouldn't be wearing a shirt that could be torn into strips if she's standing around in her morphing outfit which is NOT a tee shirt.
The book mentions having to depend on Marco for some translation because the Spanish words he knows are close to the words the native population they meet is using. But Andalites are supposed to have a translation chip if they're in the military, which is how Ax is able to speak/understand English (supposedly). After hearing enough of the language, Ax's chip should have helped him be a flawless translator. Not that it really mattered since they understood everything they needed to.
For the first (but not the last) time, the Animorphs meet natives in an extreme location who immediately and naïvely believe them to be animal spirits in accordance with local tribal beliefs. The tendency for this to happen with stereotypical "natives" has not gone unnoticed, and is taken as offensive by some. It's at least odd that nobody would consider these folks a security risk just because they were Amazon Indians.
Another creature from another world--something called a Lerdethak--is identified by Ax when Visser Three morphs into it. It's a creature from the Hork-Bajir home world.
This is the first time any morphs the group acquires are "undone"; because of the Sario Rip, the monkey and jaguar morphs "didn't really happen," so they don't have the DNA they acquired during that experience.
I figured the Yeerk ships in orbit were hidden from human radar or something, but it's good to have that addressed in character instead of KAA ignoring the issue.
Watching the boxing match was a great obstacle in the name of maintaining their cover. The scene itself was a great bit of Berenson personality. It seemed like great guy stuff without going overboard into chauvinism. However, I wonder if similar behavior from Dan contributed to his and Naomi's divorce.
I assume the new experimental Bug fighter had incremental improvements, so previous ones are similar. I liked the details of how Bug fighters operate. I already knew the crew was one Taxxon and one Hork-Bajir, but apparently the Taxxon stands as the pilot and the Hork-Bajir sits as the gunner. Aliens aside, that doesn't seem like too odd a ship crew.
The Dracon beam contact reminded me of a story about a pistol duel where they don't hit each other and find a lump of lead in the middle of the field from the bullets hitting each other.
The Sario Rip plot device was interesting in and of itself and as a way to not reveal the Bug fighter and thus the Yeerk invasion quite yet.