The Answer (Animorphs, Book 53)
K. A. Applegate
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The battle is still raging, and it’s out-and-out war. Jake, the other Animorphs, and Ax have found a way to slow the Yeerks down, but now the Yeerks have decided the best way to win is to just destroy everything and everyone who gets in their way.
Just when things look more than hopeless, Jake and the others discover help where they least expected: Taxxons. Creatures so foul and heartless it’s almost hard to believe that they are capable of having any feelings. But Jake and the others soon discover that the Taxxon resistance has its own problems with the Yeerks. And, for once, it looks like Earth may have a chance. . . .
firing position. They were going to kill everyone, friend and foe alike. They were doing our work for us. But we would surely die as well. Hork-Bajir-Controllers were running for it, scrambling up out of the pit.
The general held out an empty bottle and showed it to me. "This thing crawled out of the man's head. Crawled out through the bullet hole." A Yeerk lay writhing in the bottle. "There's your enemy, General," I'd said. Some of the Controllers had tried to work together to rush the door. Others had waited as long as they could. Seventeen percent of the general's men had been infested. But now he had a strike force of almost a thousand men, Yeerk-free. Yeerk-free, and, having seen the enemy
traitor is telling him the truth. So you have to attack, but once the Yeerks come after you all you can do is dig in and take cover. The Yeerks only have one way of fighting: Attack with everything they've got. They'll go right after you. Visser One doesn't know tactics; he fights with a sledgehammer." "If you've got a big enough sledgehammer that's all you need, son." I was hearing those weary, wry words as I flew above the Pool ship. It was a monstrous thing. Bigger than an aircraft carrier.
Marco was preparing some witty remark on the fact that Tobias was unusually familiar with roadkill. I shot him a look and he sighed, letting it go. A second Yeerk pool being built at a frantic pace. That made sense. Once it was finished the Yeerks would remove the Pool ship back to safety in orbit. Taxxons were natural tunnelers, faster and more effective than anything Caterpillar made. It was like having a few hundred giant sentient earthworms at work. "Okay," I said. "Let's go see this
area during the evening hours, which would allow us to blend in naturally. Flying as a bat is very different from flying as a bird. You never feel that the air is your natural home. You always feel that you're airborne only by virtue of hard work, and if you let up for an instant you'll drop like a rock. It's not actually quite that bad, but that's how it feels. Bats can see just fine, contrary to what some people think. They're not owls or hawks, but they see. But it's the echolocation that