Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Search for Senna (Everworld, #1)” as Want to Read:
Search for Senna (Everworld, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Search for Senna (Everworld #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,467 ratings  ·  183 reviews
David's life was pretty normal. School. Friends. Girlfriend. Actually, Senna was probably the oddest aspect of his life. She was beautiful. Smart. But there was something very different about her. Something strange.

And on the day it began, everything happened so quickly. One moment, Senna was with him. The next, she was swallowed up by the earth, her screams echoing from f
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Search for Senna, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Julie I actually read the 8th book in the series first (several years ago) and I really enjoyed it. I think I may have missed some details that might have…moreI actually read the 8th book in the series first (several years ago) and I really enjoyed it. I think I may have missed some details that might have made more sense if I started at the beginning of the series, but I wasn't confused and I loved the book anyway! I'm actually going back now to read the whole series. (less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Not as good as I remember it being. Kind of meh.

David, David’s girlfriend Senna, Senna’s ex-boyfriend Christopher, Senna’s half-sister April, and a random kid named Jalil are dragged by a giant wolf into EverWorld, a place where all mythologies across the globe mingle, and which may currently be under some sort of alien invasion.

OK, it’s a little messy. It’s establishing EverWorld for us, the patient viewers. The tricky concept is the idea that our four leads (minus Senna) are both present in pa
Apr 03, 2008 Jackie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults who like mythology
I read this book as a teenager and only recently bought the last books, so I re-read it last year. This is the first book in a 12 book series about a group of teenagers who find themselves transported to another universe where mythical gods and people reside. It all surrounds one girl, Senna, who is the key to opening a portal back to the "real" world for the gods to escape to (because a god-eating god is threatening their existence). This series is great for younger adults, especially those who ...more
This will serve as my review for the entire Everworld series.

They are pretty great books, all in all. I've never encounter any writing style quite like K.A. Applegate's; she is unafraid to make almost painfully real characters and address touchy subjects with zeal. The dynamic between the four main characters, and the way it grew and shifted, was extremely interesting to follow. The clash of all the different mythologies was explosive; the author should be commended just for managing to cram the
Maggie Serrano
Such an amazing start to the book, still searching for the 2nd one. I loved this book, i love how it always made me feel like i was there in a dream cx
Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
Book one is a mess. It tries to do too much in too little time, and by cramming three(?) different mythologies and one alien species into a book you've got a lot of ground to cover. It's not surprising, then, that there isn't a lot of time for characterization. Everyone outside of the four kids comes off as a caricature, especially the gods who are frequently described as simply "evil."

But if you hang in there, wow, this series picks up a great deal. I really started to like it around book five
I don't know. On one hand, I should have loved it. Mythology spewing out from everywhere. (And no Greek gods in sight yet? Thank you, Applegate, for your originality.)

On the other hand... PLEASE let me kill the main characters. Oh my word. I couldn't stand any of them. Except maybe Jalil, but he was still annoying. And Senna? She had better turn evil because I desperately want to pour snake venom on her face.

And don't get me started on how terrifying Loki and his minions were supposed to be. He
I was talking with Radio2isStatic about rereading the Everworld series, since we read them way back in high school. So a quick stop off at the library later...

I have such a fondness for this series, so I suspect that will make my review here a bit biased. But then again, it has been some time since I read them.

Anyways. Book 1. Read in one day without any difficulty. And actually, it's a lot more unforgiving than I remembered. A little bit more gore, a little less pulling punches. Especially cons
Aug 04, 2011 Sara added it
Shelves: childrens
Well, I'd like to thank my childhood friend, Katie (a huge bookworm), for shoving these little novels down my almost-non-reading throat when I was twelve. This series was so suspenseful that I ate it up. I, who was so resistant to reading and still preferred being read to. lol I enjoyed these so much that I was apparently compelled to imagine other books might be as enjoyable and started cracking them open. If not for my dear, long-lost friend's skilled recommendation, I may never have grown int ...more
Julie Decker
David is a high school kid who thinks of himself as a leader. His girlfriend Senna, however, tends to lead him places he's not sure he wants to go. His joke-slinging pseudo-rival Christopher, his nerdy friend Jalil, and Senna's half-sister April are brought together on a wild ride when Senna disappears into an alternate world and this band of kids has to find her. Existing simultaneously in both dimensions and sliding back and forth when they sleep, these four find themselves becoming part of Ev ...more
I'd say it's more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up because i really like Jalil and the others :)

I've actually read that book before--my cousins have it lying around somewhere and one summer I read the first page out of curiosityu and didn't put the book down until I'd finished the three enormous volumes of the collection edition.
I can't say it's gripped me quite as much this time around, but it's still enjoyable and neatly written--I like that David & co react in a realistic way to their world t
David is a high school student with a pretty normal life. Normal, that is, until he witnesses his girlfriend, Senna, being swallowed up by a massive wolf, and in his attempt to rescue her, he and three other kids are sucked into EverWorld after her. Then the adventure really begins. David, April, Christopher, and Jalil must escape from gods they’ve only heard about in ancient mythology as they try to find Senna (who may be a witch) and get back to the real world before it’s too late! Written for ...more
I actually read this years ago as a teen, but still remember it quite well. It was one of my favorite 'new' fantasies that I read during school, and there were quite a few books in the series. I would like to get my hands on it again (as much as I would like having/renewing my Animoprhs series, Nancy Drew series, Hardy Boys series, and Sweet Valley & Baby-sitters club series)-I wasn't much aware of anything other than those series and some classics that my mother pressed on me to read {Great ...more
Ian Korpel
So I read the first couple chapters and it sucked. I left it on the counter to return to the library and My dad picked it up and started reading it! He loved it! That really made me sad because the entire concept was flawed and the detail, storyline, charactors, ect. all sucked!!!
Barbara ★
Totally ridiculous and beyond stupid. And to think it is a series with 12 books. Who is reading this crap and why?
Christian Mercado
twas a good it
This was FUN. First, it was fun to dive into a YA book actually written at the same time I was a teenager. This was before Harry Potter, and way before Twilight, and YA wasn't really a genre, then. It was something awkwardly shelved with Middle Grade books and occasionally marketed to adults. I know old people talk about "When I was your age, I had to walk to school in the snow, uphill, both ways." But seriously, teens have no idea how lucky they are, now. They have their own book genre, and wei ...more
Being an Animorphs diehard, I'd always meant to take a plunge on the Everworld series. Plucking it off a used bookstore shelf a couple weeks back (and being that dreadful person who takes book #1 when the rest of the series is also on the shelf), I was looking forward to Ms. Applegate's mature and mindful take on the lives of teenagers, often in fantastic situations with lovely world building abounding. Since two stars in Goodreads means "okay," it was definitely okay in the average. There are s ...more
Everworld is for the grown up fans of Animorphs - or anyone that loves a good fantasy with a unique world and non-stop action that constantly serves to develop plot and character. The best thing about these books is the vibrancy of the four main characters. You have the bewitched David, the damaged boy who is scared to death of being a coward (and has yet to realize that what he went through as a child makes him braver than anyone). You have the spurned Christopher, who uses humour as a defense/ ...more
Amanda Orlich

In the first Everworld book, we meet the main characters: David, Christopher, April, and Jalil. They are swooped into the deadly Universe called Everworld when they all inexplicably meet at the lake. They have little in common, except for one detail: Senna. Beautiful, mysterious, and dangerous - she is what the God Loki is after. She is his witch, and probably more.

We meet Vikings, an Aztec God, a bus-sized Wolf, and the slightly manic God Loki. We see our beloved characters (who everyone can r
Laurie Saunders
I bought most of the series after a friend said how much she liked it.
You can tell these were written a while ago when young adult fiction was more systematic/formulaic, especially if you look at chapters' openings and endings.
In these books, a group of teenagers is taken into a paralell world inhabited by all the mythological and fantastic creatures ever imagined, from mythological Norse gods to insect-like aliens. They don't know why exactly they have ended up there and that's really the hoo
A pelle mi è subito piaciuto, le prime pagine non sono male. La prima cosa che ho pensato: "... è strano!"
"C'è un posto che non dovrebbe esistere. Ma c'è. Ci sono creature che non dovrebbero esistere. Ma esistono. Benvenuto nella terra dove tutti i sogni e gli incubi diventano realtà. Possono essere mortali. Benvenuto a Everworld. Un mondo di spada e magia."
Ho finito il primo: è carinissimo! E' per ragazzi ma oltre che scorrevole si è rivelata anche una lettura gradevole.
Scritto in prima persona
Emily Stephens
Not a fan. It was interesting to read a serial novel. This is my first. But, this serial offers no 3-act structure. I couldn't relate to any of the four lead characters. I couldn't comprehend their motivation to try and save the Senna chic, whom we hardly meet as readers and seems to have less than redeeming qualities throughout the story. I guess I'm a fan of the 3-act structure, even within a series. The writing was all right. Dialogue okay. There were some disturbing sexual undertones I did n ...more
Ashley Phillips
Mar 04, 2012 Ashley Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Mythology and Adventure
Recommended to Ashley by: Samantha and I stumbled across it about 12 years ago at Walden's Bookstore
Search for Senna (Everworld, #1) by Katherine Applegate

While talking to one of my close friends I've had my entire life we began discussing books that we read together while we were young. At the end of our Elementary school career/beginning of middle school we were really into the Ever World series by K.A, Applegate. We quickly read through the first two or three then came the dreaded wait until the following year for the next release. Sad to say but we never followed up and continued the series.

The first book opens with 4 teenagers that are not c
Okay, I'll start off by saying that I was weary going in because I have a few problems with K.A. Applegate, most of which are merely based on principle. The whole idea of ghost writing really, really annoys me. But, seeing past that, Search for Senna was pretty solid. I felt that the teenagers were varied and depicted fairly accurately, if not a little one-dimensional, and that suspense was sustained for most of the novel. I also appreciated that this story had a very original feel to it. I've n ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Taina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mythology lovers
I loved the ending!

I know this is a weird way to start a review, but it just had to be stated. This is book one is the Everworld Series by K.A. Applegate. There are twelve all together and I've decided to take a break from being an adult and read this series. It's a little weird for me as I read book three back in middle school and even though I keep meaning to pick up the rest of the books...I never did. But, better late than never!

The important facts:

There are four main characters, David, Chr
"David, will you save me?"

Senna is the most popular girl in school. And David, the least popular kid, is absolutely in love with her. There's something about her that doesn't seem to fit in with everything else in David's world and that's just fine with him, until he finds her at the end of the pier in the wee hours of the morning. Why he's there, he doesn't know but there are others. Christopher, class clown and Senna's ex-boyfriend. Jalil, brainiac and logical to a fault. April, aspiring actre
everworld is by Katherine Ann Applegate. born July 19, 1956 (age 56).everworld was published in 1999. everworld is about a group of friends Christopher Hitchcock, April O'Brien, Jalil Sherman,Senna Wales, David Levin. just normal teen agers going to school geting into fights until one morning when David he gets up early to go for a run by the pier but today feel weird to him like something is going to happen. and it does. when he is approaching the pier his friends are there april, christopher, ...more
It was okay..I just started reading it because I was bored..but it was pretty interesting.The thing with parallel worlds and stuff was good.I have never hated a heroine like this.I hate Senna,who is a witch and her boyfriend the narrator of the story who is obsessed by this witch girlfriend.This girlfriend gets him,her step sister-April,friend-Jalil and ex-boyfriend-Christopher into grave trouble.The stupid boyfriend is not ready to go to the real world without finding his lovely girlfriend.Ugh! ...more
I'll be honest, I've been on a quest to fulfill my longing and emptiness since finishing Grant's Gone series. I heard his other series weren't as strong so I thought... try the wife. She has to be amazing, right?

Meh. I am not the intended audience, obviously. Unlike many others, I don't have fond memories of these books from my childhood... I was into Jane Austen in my preteen years and Thomas Hardy in high school....but in my recent quest to broaden my horizons, I've gotten into Sci Fi, especia
Bobby Crew

This book was fun, and a super fast read. The action is nonstop. I like the whole idea behind it, however I feel like the first three books in the series could have been better. The Dialogue is what bugs me the most,It just doesn't flow very well, or seem natural. The book also seems to move a little too fast at times.

This books is about a boy Christopher, who is sucked into "Everworld," a fantasy world where all the Gods from different mythologies, and mythical creatures retreated to long ago.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Book of Names (Diadem, Worlds of Magic, #1)
  • Into Battle (The Seventh Tower, #5)
  • Dragon's Heart
  • The Final Reckoning (The Deptford Mice, #3)
  • Reunion (Water, #2)
  • Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom
  • Falcondance (The Kiesha'ra, #3)
  • Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3)
  • The Mirror Prince
  • The Book of Air (Dragon Quartet #4)
  • The Hidden Land (The Secret Country, #2)
  • Titan A.E.
  • The Wings of a Falcon (Tales of the Kingdom, #3)
Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many p ...more
More about Katherine Applegate...

Other Books in the Series

Everworld (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Land of Loss (Everworld, #2)
  • Enter the Enchanted (Everworld, #3)
  • Realm of the Reaper (Everworld, #4)
  • Discover the Destroyer (Everworld, #5)
  • Fear the Fantastic (Everworld, #6)
  • Gateway to the Gods (Everworld, #7)
  • Brave the Betrayal (Everworld, #8)
  • Inside the Illusion (Everworld, #9)
  • Understand the Unknown (Everworld, #10)
  • Mystify the Magician (Everworld, #11)

Share This Book

“You know a guy is funny when a week later you can still feel the little knives he stuck in you.” 10 likes
“Christopher flushed, gaped, and then laughed. I gave him credit for that. Lots of guys can laugh at someone else. Chistopher could laugh at himself. You see a lot less of that.” 7 likes
More quotes…