Animorphs Book 38: The Arrival by K. A. Applegate

This series established several generalizations about alien species early on and then has spent the last ~15-20 books dismantling those assumptions. No group is a monolith, and here Ax encounters more of his people, not all at their best.

The levels of narration in this book are so good! I don't want to spoil anything, but the way Ax's internal monologue is handled is masterful. I hadn't remembered this one very well, it just hadn't stayed with me. Ax's description of humans for Andalites and of Andalites for humans are really funny. This book is about despair and desperation, it also shows how much Ax has changed since he first met the Animorphs.

A blue alien (Aximili) turns into a hawk


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