It\’s hard to know what to make of this one. After a terrible battle, Jake wakes up as himself- but in the future. He\’s a grown man, and seemingly the only human not taken over by Yeerks. The world has become a very strange and terrifying place. Jake quickly has to figure out what\’s going on, what his place is, to avoid getting killed. He immediately attracts attention and suspicion though, because he doesn\’t know how to act, where to report for work, etc. Unlike the last book, he\’s fully aware that he\’s an Animorph, but can\’t manage to morph at first. Things are chaotic, he has strange visions or hallucinations (in some of them, horrifyingly seeing the injured and rotting bodies of people he killed during past battles come to life), and desperately tries to find what happened to his fellow Animorphs. It\’s not good. Seems they\’re all taken over by the aliens or dead. He finally locates Cassie, she\’s part of the last shred of resistance, working as a bitter, jaded terrorist. Of course there\’s a final terrible confrontation when Jake has the opportunity to stop the enemy from doing something that will make their control of Earth absolute, but it\’s at the costs of loosing Cassie. In the last scene, he\’s right there and can either save Cassie or push the abort button- but the chapter ends! There\’s a voice (and it\’s not the Ellimist so what the heck is going on) making some kind of assessment of how Jake did, and then he wakes up back in his own time, as a kid again. I gather that the point was to show how awful the future would be if the Animorphs fail, and to put Jake to a test- would he take the last chance to keep the planet from total alien domination, or save one person he loves. Only it doesn\’t show what he chose! Why? So frustrating. But it did have me blasting through the pages, intent to figure out alongside Jake what was going on in this chaotic mess of the future.
Sounds like we felt the same about this one. I'm really enjoying reading your reviews, because I seem to have forgotten so much about the series. (And I've read so much fanfic, my memories of what is canon are so muddled.) Eventually I'm going to reread them all.
I'm kinda eager to give the fanfic a try!
There's so much good fanfic out there! Whenever you want some, I can link you. (Though risk of spoilers until you finish the series, of course.)