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For the Yeerk military rank, see Visser
"I was telling a story that was suicide to tell. My deadliest enemy was my prosecutor. My judge, one of them at least, was motivated by some impulse I could not fathom. And I had just called on a group of Andalites and morph-capable humans to attack my own people. I was crippled with pain, weak, surrounded. Visser Three; Garoff; my host's child, Marco. Any of the three might kill me. And all I could do was talk."
Edriss 562[src]

VISSER, published in October 1999, is the third Chronicles companion book to the Animorphs series, written by K.A. Applegate. It takes place between The Proposal and The Mutation. Narrated by Edriss 562, the book tells the story of how the young Yeerk began the invasion of Earth and rose to the rank of Visser One, with the events in her testimony taking place during the early 1990s, a decade or so after The Andalite Chronicles.

Official Description

Her human name is Eva. There was a time when she had a loving husband and a son, Marco. When she had a wonderful career. But that was before she was infested by Edriss 562. Before the invasion of Earth. Now, Edriss 562 lives in Eva's head and controls her every movement. And through Eva, Edriss has become the highest-ranking general in the Yeerk empire, surpassing even her arch rival, Visser Three. She is Visser One.

But, it has become known that Visser One's tactics for attaining her current position were less than acceptable -- even to the Yeerks. Now she is on trial for treason. If she's found innocent she'll continue to rule. But if she's found guilty, she'll lose her life -- and possibly the life of her host, Eva. Which will mean that Marco will never, ever see his mother again...

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Major/Highlighted Events

  • Visser One's name is stated to be Edriss 562.
  • Marco's mother name is revealed to be Eva.
  • Edriss is placed under trial, interrogated by Esplin 9466 (Visser Three) and the Council of Thirteen, although Esplin himself is placed under trial as well.
  • It is disclosed that the Edriss, along with her subordinate Essam 293, were the first Yeerks to arrive on Earth, landing in early 1991. Edriss and Essam, taking human hosts, lived human lives, fell in love and got married, eventually conceiving two children – a son named Darwin and a daughter named Madra.
  • Edriss is revealed to be the creator and founder of The Sharing, which she based off of cults and propaganda.
  • It is uncovered that one of the reasons that Edriss had decided on a slow infiltration as opposed to open war is to protect and prevent her children from being killed.
  • Edriss calls Marco and requests the Animorphs to stage an attack to discredit Visser Three.
  • Edriss learns that the Animorphs consist of five humans and only one Andalite.
    • Additionally, Edriss remarks that she is aware that the 'Andalite bandits' consist of six members but that she had thought for a while that some of them must be humans because it was always one Andalite not in morph while the others were in non-Andalite morphs.
  • Eva is temporarily freed, but having sympathized with her captor since she too is a mother, asks Marco to allow Edriss to infest her once more, in order to prevent Visser Three's open war plan and protect Edriss's children.
    • Jake decides that keeping Visser Three in charge of the invasion would work best for them rather than having someone else placed in command, citing that Visser Three makes stupid mistakes and the treating of his subordinates make them less effective.
  • Edriss and Esplin are both sentenced to death, although the Council suspends both death sentences since they have no one to replace Esplin on Earth and because they view Edriss as too valuable. The Council elects to reassign Edriss to the Anati homeworld and for Esplin to expedite the takeover of Earth in a non-hostile manner, threatening to execute the death sentences should they fail.
    • It is revealed that the Andalites are amassing a massive military force, which they will either send to the Anati homeworld or to Earth.
    • Edriss is allowed to retain the rank of Visser One.

Morphs

Morpher Morphs acquired Morphs used
Jake -- Siberian Tiger
Rachel -- Hork-Bajir (Jara Hamee)
Tobias -- Hork-Bajir (Ket Halpak)
Cassie -- Polar Bear (Nanook)
Marco -- Silverback Gorilla (Big Jim)
Ax -- Flea
Visser Three -- Unnamed Creature

Trivia

  • This is the second book in the series, including Chronicles books, where a new morph is not acquired, following The Conspiracy.
  • When discussing Visser Three's incompetence and failures, Visser One mentions his attempt at creating a potion to eradicate humanity's free will (The Experiment), nearly exposing the existence of the Yeerks by attempting to infest several world leaders at once (The Threat and The Solution) and spending a fortune to create an Anti-Morphing Ray that did not work (The Separation and The Illusion).
    • Visser One also mentions the destruction of the underwater base (The Escape) and the mountaintop battle with the free Hork-Bajir (The Reunion) when remembering the two times she encountered Marco during a mission.
  • One of the main questions that fans have about this book has nothing to do with the story, but with the cover instead: Why exactly was Visser Three featured on the cover instead of Visser One? K.A. Applegate admits that she feels responsible for the mistake. One of the first things K.A. had to do for her books was create an outline for Scholastic. They used this outline to write the summaries on the back of the books, and to create covers and titles. The outlines for the books were generally vague, though, so she won't be so limited when writing. For VISSER, she implied in her outline that the book would be just as much about Visser Three as it would be about Visser One, which led Scholastic to choose Visser Three for the cover. But when K.A. actually sat down to write her book, she found Visser One's story much more interesting and the book ended up being all about her. By then it was far too late and too expensive to have a new cover created.
  • This is the only book in the series that was only officially printed in hardcover, not paperback like the other books. However, a comparatively rare Scholastic School Market Edition was published in paperback.

Goofs/Inconsistencies

  • In The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, the Council of Thirteen was left behind on the Yeerk homeworld, which was placed under quarantine by the Andalite military, who were ordered to destroy any Yeerks leaving their planet. Edriss 562 mentions that their homeworld is still under said quarantine, yet the Council of Thirteen are no longer on the homeworld, having somehow managed to leave, acquiring non-Gedd hosts as well as state-of-the-art Yeerk technology.
  • Esplin 9466 states that he does not know what it is like to have a human host since he never infested one, with Edriss claiming that she was the first human-Controller in existence, although Esplin was indeed the first, having briefly infested Hedrick Chapman in The Andalite Chronicles.
    • However, one of the rules the Council establishes is that one must not ally with subject species, with Edriss adding that the report of that particular sequence of events which led to Esplin gaining Alloran-Semitur-Corrass as a host are unclear. This is most likely because Esplin hid the fact that he had infested and had a partnership with Chapman in order to gain his Andalite host body. Additionally, Edriss does state that "to the best of [her] knowledge" she does not know whether a Yeerk has infested a human, and thus considers herself the first.
  • Edriss places a phone call to Marco for help, despite the fact that she would not know what Marco's house phone number is since he had moved three times since she last lived with him. She would have been unable to search for it after discovering he was an 'Andalite bandit' since she was captured and imprisoned immediately after.
  • Edriss states that Darwin is nine years old at this point; Darwin was conceived and born shortly after Edriss had arrived on Earth (during the combat phase of Operation Desert Storm, January-February 1991), which would place his birth around late 1991 at the earliest. For Darwin to be nine, this would mean that VISSER takes place during mid-to-late 2000; however, based on the timeline provided in The Answer in conjunction with the books released thus far, the events of this book take place sometime around mid-to-late 1999.

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Books
Main Series #1 The Invasion | #2 The Visitor | #3 The Encounter | #4 The Message | #5 The Predator | #6 The Capture | #7 The Stranger | #8 The Alien | #9 The Secret | #10 The Android | #11 The Forgotten | #12 The Reaction | #13 The Change | #14 The Unknown | #15 The Escape | #16 The Warning | #17 The Underground | #18 The Decision | #19 The Departure | #20 The Discovery | #21 The Threat | #22 The Solution | #23 The Pretender | #24 The Suspicion | #25 The Extreme | #26 The Attack | #27 The Exposed | #28 The Experiment | #29 The Sickness | #30 The Reunion | #31 The Conspiracy | #32 The Separation | #33 The Illusion | #34 The Prophecy | #35 The Proposal | #36 The Mutation | #37 The Weakness | #38 The Arrival | #39 The Hidden | #40 The Other | #41 The Familiar | #42 The Journey | #43 The Test | #44 The Unexpected | #45 The Revelation | #46 The Deception | #47 The Resistance | #48 The Return | #49 The Diversion | #50 The Ultimate | #51 The Absolute | #52 The Sacrifice | #53 The Answer | #54 The Beginning
Megamorphs The Andalite's Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs | Elfangor's Secret | Back to Before
Chronicles The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles | VISSER | The Ellimist Chronicles
Alternamorphs The First Journey | The Next Passage
TV Tie-Ins Meet the Stars of Animorphs