Project Animorphs: Book #27 The Exposed

animorphs reread project

The Exposed (Animorphs, #27)

Book 27: The Exposed

Publishing Date: March 1998

Narrator: Rachel

My rating:

4 of 5 hearts

Rachel and the Animorphs are in a race against time to save the malfunctioning Chee from being discovered by the Yeerks when their Pemalite ship hidden three miles deep in the ocean randomly stops working for no reason whatsoever.

Or something.

Seriously, this book isn’t explained very well. I get all of the short-term, immediate goals like ‘get Erek out of the mall’ and ‘rescue the homeless Chee during a drugs bust’ and ‘morph a  giant squid to break into the Pemalite ship’ but the bigger overarching problem is never addressed. How did the malfunction occur, and especially: if the Drode is allowed to set the self-destruct sequence, why didn’t he to being with?

What exactly is it that causes the Pemalite ship’s malfunction in the first place? That’s never solved. The Chee just need someone to enter the ship and push a button. At the end of the book, Erek moves the ship to a deeper location, somewhere that can only be reached by an indestructible android. Well, that’s great. What’s going to happen next time the ship malfunctions and the Chee need the technologically challenged Animorphs to save their ass? They’re gonna be stuck forever while the Animorphs wait until human technology catches up to Pemalite technology in a couple million years and they can travel that deep.

I mean sure, you could just blame the Drode, but I don’t see the point in that. The Drode wouldn’t have been allowed to attempt to wipe out the Chee, because the fight the Ellimist and Crayak are in is about Earth and besides SPOILER the Ellimist loves the Chee. So what is it? That the Drode is allowed to nearly destroy the Chee but give the Animorphs impossible loopholes all the time only to set the self-destruct signal in the end anyway?


So in Rachel’s second last book #17 we read a lot about how Rachel struggles with bravery and volunteering to do insanely brave/stupid things, like volunteering to morph the mole first and start digging, and that leads to her struggling with claustrophobia and all kinds of mental distress. And in this book Rachel insists on being the one to morph a sperm whale and hunt down a giant squid despite being afraid of the deepest, darkest water. She is clearly not as fearless as everyone thinks, but her courage is bottomless. She will be fearful, pee-your-pants-scared and still be the first one to step forward because the girl has ovaries of freaking steel I swear to god.

I love Rachel books because everyone, even Cassie, has this notion that Rachel is built one way and one way only, and Rachel will take her books around and surprise you (most of the time) with all that depth no one guessed was there before. Rachel is dark, yes, but she is also freaking awesome.

Also, Rachel is super protective of Cassie in this novel, and I think it’s sweet. I don’t really recall ever seeing the same sort of concern for her best friend from Cassie in an actual Cassie book. Sure, there was that time Cassie thought Rachel has been eaten as a dinosaur but that wasn’t from her point of view.

Anyway. If you want to see Rachel bashing heads and walls and being fearless and unstoppable, then read this book. It’s ridiculously good, even if it makes no sense.

Join me for a review of Book #28: The Experiment next week!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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4 thoughts on “Project Animorphs: Book #27 The Exposed

  1. Book Blather

    I haven’t read any of these books in ages but I used to love them. Sorry this one didn’t head in the direction you thought it would. Maybe the next one will… 🙂

    1. Nemo

      Well, I knew the direction it was heading in because this is a re-read, but it just didn’t make any sense, and that’s what annoyed me. It’s still a great book.

  2. theredqueenhypothesis

    I must admit that I love this book even though it’s nonsensical, haha. And you’re absolutely right about Rachel–she is one of those characters who has real emotion and depth that I love. I’ve noticed the same with Cassie. Her concern for Rachel seems more forced and circumstantial than genuine and consistent (at least, that’s how I felt reading it) but Rachel’s protectiveness–of Cassie, of Jake, of Tobias, and even of Marco and Ax–is one of those things that’s kind of warm and fuzzy.

    Even if Rachel wouldn’t openly approve of warm, fuzzy things.

    1. Nemo

      I see what you mean about Cassie’s concern for Rachel – it often seems like an afterthought where neccessary, whereas Rachel’s concern for Cassie is always in the here and now and often drives her into a rage. Thanks for your thoughts!

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