An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

SPOILER ALERT!

The Illusion

The Illusion - Katherine Applegate

This review contains spoilers.

 

This is the best of the Tobias books (so far) yet it's not as good as I remember it being. All of Tobias's books are just so similar. I mean, I get that being stuck as a hawk sucks and then there's all that family stuff to deal with but does every Tobias book have to be a slightly different take on the same issue?*

 

That said this one does go pretty dark with

Rachel attempting to trap Tobias in human morph and his near death at Taylor's hands

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*At least the mission centering around Tobias makes sense this time (unlike book 13).

 

More discussion under the cut.

Ax again uses thought-speak while in human morph. Not sure who decided to go back on that decision, but it's a good change.

 

All the ghostwriters seem to have decided that video surveillance is a thing that exists and that the Yeerks would utilise it. I wish they had just continued ignoring it like Applegate had because honestly, if the Yeerks are using technology like surveillance cameras yet they still don't know their "Andalite bandits" are mostly a group of junior high kids? That's pretty sad.

 

The beginning where they're sneaking around the complex feels a little ridiculous. I had forgotten all about that bit.

 

Tobias's memory of feeding with Ax has to have been the same night he's remembering it since he only acquired Ax that evening. The way the memory is written feels like when you're with a kid and they ask you "Remember when we did that thing?" And you're like, "Yes, because that was five minutes ago..."