The Ellimist , also known as Toomin , or more formally Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger, Forty-one , was a Ketran male who, through a series of extraordinary circumstances, became an almost omnipotent, god-like being. He played a game throughout the universe with a similarly-powerful being known as Crayak , with Crayak trying to destroy worlds and the Ellimist trying to save them. He frequently interfered in the Animorphs ' lives, sending them to possible futures and distant planets, so as to help defeat Crayak. When he appeared to the Animorphs, he tended to take the form of an elderly male humanoid with glowing blue skin, similar to the typical wizard or wiseman archetype. Before achieving through abnormal circumstance a godlike omnipotence and omnipresence, the Ellimist was originally a Ketran named Toomin. Toomin could be best described as a "gamer"; he frequently played a life simulation game called Alien Civilizations , very popular among his people, which gave each player an alien species and tasked them with slightly modifying their environmental or evolutionary aspects, so as to cause change over time.
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He is called the Ellimist. A being with the ability to alter space and time. A being with a power that will never be fully understood. He is the reason Elfangor came to Earth. He is the reason the Earth now has a fighting chance. And though his actions never seem quite right or wrong,. And though his actions never seem quite right or wrong, you can be certain they are never, ever what anyone expects.
This is the beginning and the middle of the story. A story that needs to be told in order to understand what might happen to the future. The future of the Animorphs. The future of humanity.
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To ask other readers questions about The Ellimist Chronicles , please sign up. On the cover, is that actually supposed to be Ellimist himself?
Because that creature seems to have almost no physical features of the Ketrans as they are described in the book Josh Banks I wondered this as well; however, when he appears to the Animorphs, I seem to remember them describing as looking like an old man. I believe this desc …more I wondered this as well; however, when he appears to the Animorphs, I seem to remember them describing as looking like an old man.
I believe this description is what the cover art is simulating. I suppose he appeared to them in a form that they would understand as trustworthy yet pseudo-omnipotent. It's still confusing, since that is never referenced in this book. See 1 question about The Ellimist Chronicles…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Jul 17, Christopher Jackson rated it it was amazing. This was the absolute best of all the Animorph books I have read. I cannot remember most of the Animorph plots or whatnot, but I will never forget the Ellimist. This book was actually life-changing for me just as a way to think. Doesn't matter if you've never read an Animorph book, this book will open your mind. A must-read. An absolute-read.
An essential-read. View 1 comment. Nov 17, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: reader-i-wept , applegrant , rereads , space , brrrrmmmm , nightmare-fuel.
I meant to alternate Animorphs books more sparingly with other reading, but I've ended up pushing myself harder to finish them faster instead, like reading on the commute and at home which I don't normally do.
Because we're in the final stretch now, and I find myself just wanting more more more and to find out what happens next. I hate gif reviews, but I feel compelled to include just one: My feelings!!
I'm marking this book under rereads , too, even though I'm actually Nothing in it sounded familiar at all, and I wonder if I somehow missed this Chronicles completely. Either that, or it's fallen into that haze from the end of the series, where I don't remember much because I never reread them until now. This book is complicated for me to rank. As a sci fi novel, it's fantastic: insane worldbuilding in a way that reminds me of the creativity of Iain M. Banks: diverse strange species and biospheres, Singularity-esque developments, ancillaries like in Ann Leckie's novels, a battle destroying entire solar systems.
For an author who didn't actually intend to write science fiction, Applegate is freakin' fantastic at it. And the plot also contains sheer nightmare fuel, because it's horrific -- what Toomin undergoes on Father's moon is absolutely flipping terrible.
As a contribution to the Animorphs chronology and backstory, I'm a bit less sure. Even though I do mourn the loss of the mystique a little, I guess readers would have been even madder if there hadn't been any explanation for where the Ellimist and Crayak and their universe-spanning game came from.
But also, imo it begs the question: how in the world is he trusting Crayak that this is the last game? He does not seem like an upstanding gent. And it doesn't feel like an Animorphs book, because it is just so off-the-charts and interstellar and space opera-esque -- much moreso than the previous Chronicles.
But that said War is still the key. War and peace. The Ellimist's initial war games, trying to win with the kindest solution. Being the brilliant loser and is that not the perfect description for the Animorphs themselves, too?
Showing that, once upon a time, he was just an immature wastrel kid too, thrust into a harrowing circumstance entirely beyond him, and that he rose to the occasion. The importance of hope , especially stupid irrational hope against all odds, especially in the face of probable failure. Because that is everything the Animorphs are all about. They're his champions; without knowing it, they stand for everything the Ellimist stands for.
More children, some live. A few extra-spoilery notes about the worldbuilding: view spoiler [I do miss the idea that there might be an entire race of trickster-gods, and that he's just one of them. Although I guess it's also an enjoyable irony that he's technically just one guy but his reputation has become mythic, to the extent that species around the galaxy whisper about him as if he's multitudes.
So I can get behind that. I think, mainly, I don't like it tying into the development of the Andalites and the Pemalites. I can't think of a good counter-example, but it's like the Spider-Man movies retroactively making Uncle Ben's death be at the hands of the Sandman.
Some developments should just be sheer accident and stand on their own, you know? Because a lot of stuff in Animorphs is already fated to be , so having some accidents out there would be good.
The Pemalites were fine by themselves. I also think if you were going to mention the Pemalites, there should have been some mention of Crayak creating the Howlers and exterminating them; it seemed like a pretty darn important round in their game.
The Ellimist Chronicles
Animorphs Publishing Info: Scholastic Paperbacks, October Book Description: He is called the Ellimist. A being with the ability to alter space and time. A being with a power that will never be fully understood. He is the reason Elfangor came to Earth.
The Great Animorphs Re-Read: “The Ellimist Chronicles”
The Ellimist Chronicles is a children's science-fiction novel, a companion book to the Animorphs series written by K. It tells the backstory of the Ellimist , a god-like being from the story. The introduction shows that the Ellimist is telling his story to an unnamed, dying Animorph, foreshadowing the events of the final book of the series. The Ketran race was virtually extinguished by the Capasins, who had seen transmissions of violent virtual Ketran games that had been broadcast into space and mistook them for a violent species that meddled with other ones. A Ketran named Toomin was one of the few survivors. These survivors became space nomads , seeking a replacement for their home planet.
He is called the Ellimist. A being with the ability to alter space and time. A being with a power that will never be fully understood. He is the reason Elfangor came to Earth. He is the reason the Earth now has a fighting chance.