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The Secret (Animorphs) Paperback – 17 Jul 1998
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Following on from a run of particularly strong and dramatic stories, The Secret feels a bit like filler. Tobias immediately deduces the Yeerks' latest scheme with seemingly no evidence and the Animorphs once again decide to morph into colonial insects (because that went so well last time) to infiltrate their operation. The climatic fight is very low-key and resolved remarkably easily. All in all, it's just really bland.
Yet Cassie makes everything worse. While I don't hate this character (her pacifism helps add variety to the group), I still find myself frustrated by how narrow her gaze is. The fact that she spends so long lamenting the collapse of a termite colony and will willingly risk the lives of her friends to save abandoned skunk kits. While her dedication to her beliefs is admirable, it's also really frustrating. Jake, Rachel and Marco all have all found really powerful reasons to protect humanity. Cassie just can't see the bigger picture.
Not my favourite novel of the series to date. Let's hope that Marco can bring the series back on track in book 10...
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