1. My search for continuity and expansion makes me hate the YPM. That we never see anything from them, intelligence, recruitment, not even coffee breaks, they were non existent as far as I'm concerned. I imagine what they must-read should-have been doing, was individual conversions of less hostile Yeerks, but really, that's a painfully slow and limiting process, and so far as we can tell totally irrelevant! The story isn't about the YPM, but if you do all this to set them up, and then do NOTHING, well, I don't know what more I could want: anything, perhaps?
2. I certainly don't know medicine, and am not a great evolutionary mind, but it seems faulty to me to store disease at the hub of the nervous system. Moreover, since one can obviously live fine without it, and it carries such a huge risk, I'm amazed the Andalites don't have a standard procedure of removing it at birth or something. The fact that the others got sick perplexes me. Maybe the disease that pushed him over was of Earth origin, and that's what they got. As for Cassie, I know people say it's because she works with sick animals thus as a good immunity, but I really just chalk it up to more writer adoration of her.
3. She did good. I feel like I say that a lot, but this time she did very well. Everything the Animorphs have to do kinda sucks if you put it in perspective, but doing it alone must suck more. Well done Cass.
4. Finding meaningful hypothetical is rough, and while this isn't one of the best, I can emphatically say hell no to this one, and for once it's not about me being a two faced coward. I've dissected lots of things now, and I'll tell you it is difficult. No matter how much experience you have in first aid, how dexterous you have, pulling apart tissue is painfully tedious, and work on one part of the body is very different than in another. So I can confidently say, sorry Ax, can't help you because I'd be just as likely to kill you as exploding brain organs. edit: I've been thinking lots lately, maybe I'd try. Maybe. He is gonna die if not, but, man there is a difference b/w letting him die and killing him
5. This was fairly cool. A creature that takes satisfaction in neuro tissure. A slug like form is not really something I'd desire, but the way this played it the Yeerk mind was certainly fascinating. I suppose, seeing as how in a few books we'll have Andalite optimism, I expected something like ambition or greed in there as well, but they keep it very simple, though now that I think about it, lacking empathy. Almost like the Howlers. The way you occupy an environment with no consideration of it's concerns. Very offensive to personal sensibilities, but highly relatable from that point of few.
6. Good solution. Probably should have been discussing that as a long haul thing here. (Maybe something for the YPM to contemplate
) That Jake, or at least not Cassie, came up with the solution is a bit of a surprise, but Jake doesn't get enough credit for being as clever as he is. This was a good exception. Well done Jake.