Book 15: The Escape
Publishing Date: January 1998
The Yeerks have a secret underwater facility and are preparing hammerhead sharks for infestation prior to launching an attack on another water-based planet. The Animorphs have to stop them, at any cost. Also, Visser One is back.
This is one of Marco’s better books – because he’s legitimately afraid of sharks. The first time he morphed a dolphin, a shark bit him literally in half. He’s afraid of getting close to sharks, and he’s even afraid of morphing a shark. He is also afraid of the other Animorphs finding out that their greatest enemy is wrapped around his mother’s brain, and he’s afraid of failing to rescue her.
Overall, this book delves pretty deeply into Marco’s fears and insecurities. Also, it’s a funny book for Tobias, who can acquire and morph – but only out of his hawk body. This means that to acquire a dolphin he has to re-enact a rodeo. In front of a mid-day audience. No kidding. It’s also mostly set in a giant underwater facility which is really cool.
Marco has to reveal his biggest secret that he’s been keeping from the other Animorphs. He doesn’t want their pity because he’s the comedian of the group, but in the end he needs to succumb because despite his ruthlessness, he’s still hopeful that one day his mother will be free.
This book is pretty essential for the overall storyline and it’s a sort of prequel to one of the later books that takes place on Leera after the invasion is launched. The big events include Marco’s secret revealed, and Visser Three in some kind of giant water snake morph witnessing Rachel in bear morph letting Visser One go. That’s a repercussion that reverberates through the rest of the series. Of course, Visser One doesn’t know Marco is an Animorph – she interacts with him as a human and deduces he’s been made a Controller. Of course, Visser One is far more intelligent than Visser Three…
Join me for a review of Book #15: The Escape next week!