The Test (Applegate novel)
Tobias morphing into a Taxxon
|Author||K. A. Applegate|
|Cover artist||David B. Mattingly|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|LC Class||CPB Box no. 1879 vol. 4|
|Preceded by||The Journey|
|Followed by||The Unexpected|
As the book opens, Tobias discovers Bobby McIntyre, a missing child who was hiking through the woods. He leads the boy's father and a search party to his son.
Throughout the book Tobias deals with the psychological after-effects of the torture he endured at the hands of the sadistic sub-visser Taylor. He continues to question his own strength and resolve.
Taylor, claiming she is now part of the Yeerks' Peace Movement, enlists Tobias to try and sabotage the Yeerk pool. All of the other Animorphs, except for Cassie, who declines on moral grounds, accompany him and Ax as they dig a tunnel to the pool. In order to dig a tunnel to the Yeerk pool, Tobias and Ax alternate turns in Taxxon morph, which has a nearly uncontrollable constant hunger. In fact, Taylor has been working for Visser Three, and sets off a gas explosion. Cassie is able to turn off the gas from its control station, injuring several humans in the process. She is once again distraught by the violence she has had to use to save her friends. Taylor is presumably killed in the gas explosion.
The book ends with Rachel and Tobias on the beach. She holds his hand and reassures him that he is not weak and encourages him to let go of the past.
Contributions to the series' story arc
- Taylor is believed to be killed.
- Taylor mentions to Tobias that the Yeerks' invasion of Anati planet - supervision of which was given to Visser One in Visser - is floundering.
|Morpher||Morphs acquired||Morphs used|
|Jake||Siberian tiger, gray wolf|
|Tobias||Human (Taylor), Taxxon||Human (Taylor), Taxxon, Andalite, bat|
This book was the first to feature a cross-gender human morph, when Tobias morphs Taylor. Although Tobias technically morphs from hawk to girl (as opposed to morphing from boy to girl), it is the first time in the series that any of the characters became a human member of the opposite sex.