The Discovery (novel)

The Discovery

Marco morphing into a cobra.
Author K. A. Applegate
Cover artist David B. Mattingly
Country United States
Language English
Series Animorphs #20
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
August 1998
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 153
ISBN 0-590-49637-9
OCLC 39531987
LC Class CPB Box no. 1776 vol. 31
Preceded by The Departure
Followed by The Threat

The Discovery is the 20th book in the Animorphs series, written by K.A. Applegate. It is narrated by Marco. It is the first book in the David trilogy.

Plot summary

After failing miserably to pick up a girl at his locker, Marco is stymied to find a boy carrying the morphing cube, known as the Escafil Device. Marco introduces himself to the new boy, David, and lamely tries to buy the box off him, but David ignores him. Marco tells Jake about it, and both agree that the situation needs to be taken care of immediately. But that's not the only surprise in store for them. Erek the Chee tells them that a group of G8 leaders (including those from Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Germany, and the U.S.) are gathering at the Marriott Hotel resort on the city coast to discuss the problems in the Middle East. Erek also tells them that the Yeerks are plotting to infest each leader, and soon the most powerful nations in the world would be under Yeerk influence. The biggest problem is that one of these heads of state is already a Controller. Now the Animorphs need two plans: one to retrieve the blue box, and another to stop the Yeerks from taking over the world.

Marco, Tobias and Rachel try to raid David's house in bird of prey morphs. Unfortunately, it fails miserably. Tobias is knocked unconscious, Marco is attacked by David's cat, and Rachel gets shot at by David with his BB gun. The next day at school, David tells Marco his seemingly ridiculous story about trained robber birds, and discusses his plan to sell the blue box online. Marco immediately skips the rest of the school day in order to stop the automatic e-mail David has set up from going out.

During school, Marco takes Ax with him to stop David's e-mail from being sent. Unfortunately, they're too late, due to David's computer's clock being an hour fast. Marco acquires Spawn, David's contraband, defanged cobra. Visser Three storms into David's house with a team of Hork-Bajir. A fight ensues between the Yeerks and the Animorphs, destroying David's house. Rachel, in bear morph, rams David out the window, and the Animorphs retreat. The Yeerks withdraw with David's mother and father.

The Animorphs are unsure of what to do with David; although Ax draws attention to the fact that they can use the box to give him the power to morph, the Animorphs vote on whether or not to do it. Marco and Ax decide that they cannot risk recruiting David, given his strange behaviour and their lack of knowledge of him. Tobias votes to take him in out of moral concern, while Rachel and Cassie decide that David might be their ticket to recruiting more Animorphs. With Marco and Ax outvoted, they reveal to David the Yeerk invasion and give him the morphing power.

From the very beginning of his recruitment, David displays his eagerness to kill, and disobeys Jake's orders. David also does not seem concerned enough about his parents being Controllers. (It is only through Marco showing him that his parents are indeed Controllers that it finally resonates with him.) On the way to the Marriott resort, David indiscriminately kills a crow, although he passes it off as his morph's instincts taking control.

As they near the resort, they spot the Blade Ship taking the Marine One helicopter hostage. The Animorphs, fearing that the Yeerks have captured the President of the United States, enter the Visser's ship. The Animorphs are then discovered in cockroach morph, and end up falling out of the Blade Ship, and down into the ocean.

Contributions to the series' story arc


Morpher Morphs acquired Morphs used
Jake Peregrine falcon, Siberian tiger, rhinoceros, cockroach
Rachel Bald eagle, grizzly bear
Cassie Osprey, wolf, cockroach
Marco Cobra (Spawn) Osprey, cobra, gorilla, cockroach
Ax Northern harrier, wolf spider, human, cockroach
David Golden eagle, cockroach, lion (wasn't seen to acquire the lion, but used it in the next book) Golden eagle, cockroach
Visser Three Human Dule Fansa

Cover quotes

The front cover quote is, "Get ready. There's a brand-new Animorph...." The inside front cover quote is, "This is no snake in the grass...."

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