|This article is written from a Real World point of view.|
The Reunion, published in May 1999 and written by Elise Donner based on an outline by K.A. Applegate, is the thirtieth book in the Animorphs series. It is the ninth book narrated by Marco and the sixth book with Marco as the sole narrator.
Marco's mom is back. But she's not Visser One anymore. Marco's not even sure if she's still a Controller. But he's determined to find out. No matter what it takes. No matter what might happen. Marco wants his mom back.
Jake, the other Animorphs, and Ax realize that Marco is under some serious stress. And that the situation with his mom could very well jeopardize everything they've worked for. Now they also have to wonder if Marco will be the one to give away the secret of the Animorphs...
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- Visser One
- Visser Three
- Hedrick Chapman / Iniss 226
- Various Hork-Bajir, Taxxon and human-Controllers
- Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul (Mentioned Only)
- Leerans (Mentioned Only)
- Council of Thirteen (Mentioned Only)
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
- The Gardens
- Sutherland Tower
- Royan Island (Mentioned Only)
- Hork-Bajir Valley (Mentioned Only)
- Hork-Bajir homeworld (Mentioned Only)
- Dracon beam
- Portable Yeerk pool
- Emergency Kandrona Particle Generators
- Nova-class Empire Ship
- Blade ship
- Bug fighter
- Marco spots his mother (Visser One) while ditching school for the morning, and follows her to an office building. He returns later that night with Tobias and Ax, where they discover that she has been demoted to Sub-Visser rank after the destruction of the underwater base at Royan Island. Additionally, Visser Three has convinced the Council of Thirteen that she is a traitor and thus they have issued a warrant to kill her on sight.
- Realizing that they can use this opportunity to kill both Vissers at the same time, Marco makes a deal with the former Visser One – trade the location of the Hork-Bajir Valley, which the former Visser is looking for, in exchange for an opportunity to eliminate Visser Three.
- Marco grapples with the choice to continue fighting to save his mother or to kill her and her Yeerk at the same time.
- Visser One wonders why Ax speaks the most out of the Animorphs and why he is the only one not in a morph, prompting Marco to suggest that they should act more like Andalites when conversing with her.
- Tobias, Ax, Jake and Cassie speak to Visser One for the first time.
- Visser One reveals to the Animorphs that she has looked over the casualty reports for deaths incurred by the "Andalite bandits" on Earth and that there is not a single human casualty, therefore revealing that she believes some of them to be humans.
- Marco mentions The Prince of Egypt, causing Visser One to realize that the "Andalite bandit" facing her is actually human.
- Visser One discovers that her host body's son, Marco, is one of the "Andalite bandits" when he tells his mother he loves her before attempting to kill her.
- Visser One falls over the ledge to her apparent death, although Rachel reveals that her body was not found.
- As of this book, the current year is now 1999.
|Morphs acquired||Morphs used|
|Jake||--||Peregrine Falcon, Housefly, Cockroach, Siberian Tiger|
|Rachel||--||Cockroach, Bald Eagle, Hork-Bajir (Jara Hamee)|
|Tobias||Cockroach, Mountain Goat||Cockroach, Hork-Bajir (Ket Halpak)|
|Marco||Human (Mr. Grant), Mountain Goat||Housefly, Human (Mr. Grant), Seagull, Cockroach, Silverback Gorilla (Big Jim), Osprey, Mountain Goat|
|Ax||Hork-Bajir (Jara Hamee), Mountain Goat||Northern Harrier, Cockroach, Mountain Goat (possibly)|
|Visser Three||--||Human (Main), Unnamed Chameleon-like Crab creature|
- The front cover quote is, "Marco must make the ultimate sacrifice...".
- The inside cover quote is, "A bug's life...."
- This marks the first time that Marco acquires a human morph. If one counts Ax and his acquiring of Jake, Rachel, Cassie and Marco's DNA in The Message as separate acquisitions, this marks the eleventh time that an Animorph has acquired a human morph.
- This is the fourth and fifth instance in the series where an Animorph acquires a morph that they do not morph into in the same book, with Tobias acquiring a mountain goat morph that he does not morph into, and Ax, having acquired Jara Hamee some weeks prior to the main events of this book, morphing the Hork-Bajir for the first time in The Prophecy. It is also not clarified whether Ax used the mountain goat morph himself, although it is possible that he did in order to evacuate the hikers on the mountain trail.
- This also marks the second instance in the series where an Animorph acquires a morph they never use once during the entire series, with Tobias acquiring a mountain goat morph that he does not morph into; the first instance was in The Secret where Jake acquired a termite that he never morphed into.
- This is the first time where an Animorph acquires an individual for the sole purpose of placing them in a trance rather than requiring their DNA.
- Chapman is once again referred to as "assistant principal" after having been referred to as the "vice principal" from The Pretender to this book.
- This is the second instance where the Tobias-Ax-Marco sub-team is used, after The Escape.
- The Scholastic School Market Edition of this book was half the thickness of the regular book, with no inside cover or raised text on the cover.
- Marketing: The redesigned "Watch Animorphs on TV" logos started printing on the covers with this book, and continued to be placed on all the books until the end of the series (May 2001), even though the TV show ended only a few months later (October 1999) after the logos began.
- Mr. Grant is named after series co-author Michael Grant.
- ANIBASE: Over the course of the series, the Animorphs have all changed in various ways. For instance, in this book Marco revealed his ability to see clearly from point A to point B, to focus on what needs to be done and how to do it -- even if it may mean killing someone he loves. Here's how Katherine Applegate summed up Marco's character development: "Marco developed over the life of the series from the reluctant warrior into the most ruthless of all the Animorphs."
- Marco's morphing suit tears when he morphs into Mr. Grant, even though the outfit is meant to disappear when one morphs. However, it is possible Marco either subconsciously retained the suit since he was morphing a human or intentionally kept it since otherwise he would have been nude in a public setting.
- Marco opens Visser One's bathroom door twice on p54.
- On p69, Marco states that "we" demorphed; however, out of Marco, Tobias and Ax, he was the only one in a morph.
- On p87, Marco's injuries from the mountain's fall remain, even though he would have had to morph in order to leave The Gardens, which would have healed his injuries.
- Tobias is said to have left the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic to get the Chee in chapter 17, but he is still present within the group by the next page.
- In The Sickness, Cassie informs Erek that the computer in the barn has no modem. However, in this book, Ax and Marco use the computer to send an e-mail to Visser One.
- Marco is in human form on p96, unable to communicate with his friends. However, on p98, he uses thought-speak to talk to Jake even though he is not in morph.