My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
Another bad ghostwriter, another eh Animorphs book. This Rachel is like Mean Rachel from The Separation combined with the airhead, mall rat strangers assume her to be.
Actual Rachel is smart. Reckless? Sometimes. But she's not this arrogant or dismissive of her fellow Animorphs.
Everyone else also feels out of character. Yes, Marco is good at strategizing, no it doesn't take him forever to do it. Marco's attitude towards girls and women hasn't been the best throughout the series but his whole "'Don't-be-mean-to-me I'm-a-girl'" rant towards Rachel feels like it crosses a line. Yes, Cassie cares about animals, no her first thought while attacking a sporting goods store wouldn't be whether the tennis rackets are made of catgut or not.
There are moments where the characters feel like themselves. Where the book feels like an Animorphs book, but unfortunately those moments are few and far between.
More discussion under the cut.
The best part of the book is when Jake comes back at the end. So 2 pages of good characterization vs 127 pages of bad... Thankfully this ghostwriter only wrote this one book.
WKVT is the wrong designation for where the Animorphs are. It would be K---.
Cassie is an only child how can she have a niece?