Quick Note: I am following the chronological order instead of the publishing order. For more info about this challenge and a complete list of books please click here.
But first and foremost I must begin with an apology. Thanks to my health and a giant reading slump I haven’t been able to keep up the reading pace I was planning on having, so now I am playing catch up! Yay ._.
What is it about?: Narrated by Jake, this book/episode goes down a route I hadn’t seen coming from the beginning. It starts with Jake experimenting with a new cockroach morph. This doesn’t go optimally and he ends up stuck in a Roach Motel (*) after which he decides that is enough roachventures for the day and demorphs. Upon referring this to his friends this elicits a certain dose of hilarity on his friends, but also worry. Why would he try to practice a morph on his own? Turns out Jake had a plan to infiltrate the cult group Tom (Jake’s brother) is part of, and after a bit of banter, the other kids decide to follow him to do the risky thing together. With much disgust, they aquire a new roach morph and get on with it. The plan doesn’t go perfectly but they discover a piece of crucial information: that the Yeerks are infesting a hospital and they plan to use it to turn the state governor into a Controller. Of course, the idea would be to try and wreck said hospital, but things go down the drain when Jake accidentally falls into a Yeerk pool.
Did I like it?: I really did! This episode took me by surprise, after the last two I wasn’t expecting much but I had forgotten how much more pleasant the storytelling gets when Jake is the one narrating. The pacing was correct, the suspense creeping up more with each step and overall it was an interesting story.
Read only if: If you wanna get the heebie jeebies. And if you couldn’t sleep after watching The Fly. Either version. Yikes.
My rating: It was pretty amazing, being honest. One of the best so far.
(*): From Wikipedia: “Roach Motel is a brand of a roach bait device designed to catch cockroaches. Although the term is the subject of a trademark registration by the insect control brand Black Flag, the phrase roach motel has come to be used as a reference to all traps that use a scent or other form of bait to lure cockroaches into a compartment in which a sticky substance causes them to become trapped.” Oh. Okay.
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