Reader taken away by his book.

Reader taken away by his book.

Welcome fellow pop culture junkies to a nostalgic installment of this column called, Animorphs Appreciation.

With the growing popularity of more recent young adult series like The Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments, I found myself growing nostalgic about a science fiction series I read back in the late ’90s.

Hopefully, I’m not the only person who remembers the Animorphs book series that was published from 1996-2001.

Animorphs was a young adult science fiction book series about five kids, cousins Jake and Rachel, animal lover Cassie, jokester Marco, and outsider Tobias meets an alien who informs them that there world is being invaded by an evil race of aliens. The alien, Alfangor, gives the five teenagers the ability to morph into animals to combat the evil aliens from taking over the world.

Over time the Animorphs find a sixth ally in Alfangor’s brother, Ax.  Over the course of the series, the Animorphs learned a lot about war, love and morality.

The Animorphs came of age of the course of the series as the war that they were fighting took a toll on their relationships with each other and the weight of their secret pulled them away from their family and friends.

Yes, it was campy and over the top at times, but from reading those books I feel like I learned a lot about being responsible for my actions, and about being loyal and protective of those I care about. Like most good fantasy and science fiction, there were real-world themes that the reader could relate to and makes connections between what the characters were going through, as what I, as the reader, was going through in my own life.

The books were re-launched with new covers a couple of years ago, and are definitely worth checking out. Also, one can find episodes of the television series that ran for two seasons.

Like most page-to-screen adaptations, it’s not very good, but gives the basic overall feel of the book series. Check it out.