The Hork-Bajir Chronicles by K. A. Applegate

The Hork Bajir-Chronicles tells the origins of the Yeerk invasion, Hork-Bajir as shock troops, and the immediate aftermath of Seerow's Kindness. A slow revelation combines with a sense of inevitability in this exploration of the drive to conquer and the resolve to stay free.

The rotating perspectives give some dimension to the Yeerks as villains, they have reasons for what they do beyond simple cruelty. Because reading the main series tells you where this story will end up, there is a sense of gloom when reading it. It also has some hope, because it is told in a time of new freedom for some Hork-Bajir. The ending is hopeful on a first reading and kind of ominous since I know where things lead after this. It's a pretty good snapshot of the tone of the series as a whole, with Aldrea and Dak as guerrilla fighters instead of the Animorphs.


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