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Search for Senna (Everworld #1)

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There is a place that shouldn’t exist. But does. And there are creatures that shouldn’t exist. But do. Welcome to a land where all of your dreams and nightmares are very real—and often deadly. Welcome to Everworld.

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
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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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)

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Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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
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Jackie
Apr 03, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it
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
Morgan
Dec 03, 2014 Morgan rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Collin
Jun 05, 2012 Collin rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
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
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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
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Victoria
May 28, 2009 Victoria rated it liked it
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
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Sara
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
Maggie
Oct 09, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
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
Julie
My Grand KAA Reread continues, this time with her sophomore series: a fantasy about a group of unwilling teenagers dragged into a world where magic reigns and various mythologies all rub elbows. This was totally my jam after Animorphs: it had a wolf on the cover and Norse mythology and Vikings, of course it would've hooked a 12-year-old Julie!

The maturity picks up nicely from where the end of Animorphs left off, written for an older audience: this writing is darker, the violence more explicit an
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Lindsey Meyer
Jun 01, 2016 Lindsey Meyer rated it really liked it
EDIT: Reading the series again as an adult. The last time I did I believe I was in early college.

Everworld is one of my favorite series out there and I think it still will be though I can review it now from a different perspective.

The first book, Search for Senna, is quite a lot of set up. Characters, plot, Everworld itself. Why was Senna taken? Why did all four teenagers, April, David, Christopher, and Jalil, get dragged along? Why are there Vikings, unicorns, and Aztecs all in the same world
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Katelynn
May 25, 2011 Katelynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, rereads
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
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Julie Decker
Aug 13, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
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
Swankivy
Aug 20, 2008 Swankivy rated it liked it
I started reading Everworld because it is by the same author who wrote Animorphs, which is a fantastic series. I kinda thought the concept was interesting, but it got really big really fast and there was a lot to deal with. The best thing about these books is that the characters are realistic. I loved that the guy who wanted to be such a leader--David--ended up peeing himself during a time when he wanted to be brave, and was very ashamed.
Fanfan
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
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Julie
Feb 23, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
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
Andria
Aug 06, 2014 Andria rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2008 Ian Korpel rated it did not like it
Shelves: single-books
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!!!
Mary Marmalady
Dec 03, 2015 Mary Marmalady rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy rereading this book. I didn't remember it much but a few parts I remembered in detail. I didn't remember it was local, which is alright. (I don't think I spoil anything outside of the synopsis.) So there's Senna, her half sister April, Senna's ex-boyfriend Christopher, and her current boyfriend David. And the token black kid Jalil. They're not a band of merry men but they randomly get summoned down to the lake one night and a wolf drags Senna (and the others) into Everworld where ...more
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 read.read it
Stephanie
May 12, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: Julie
This is my first trip into Everworld, and what a ride it was! It was rushed and confused, but not in the poorly-written way – no, it was rushed because there was so much to cover, and confused because the narrator himself (David Levin) was confused about everything that was going on. And can you blame him? A girl he’s been dating for an indeterminately short amount of time tells him that something horrible is going to happen, and when it does, will he save her? Plus he’s the new kid at school, p ...more
Jodotha
Jul 06, 2015 Jodotha rated it really liked 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
Katelynn
Jul 08, 2014 Katelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Mar 31, 2010 Amanda Orlich rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy



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
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Laurie Saunders
Dec 30, 2012 Laurie Saunders rated it it was ok
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
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Samantha
Jan 08, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
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Emily Stephens
Oct 08, 2013 Emily Stephens rated it did not like it
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 it was amazing
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
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Cyndy
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
Taina
Sep 12, 2011 Taina rated it really liked it
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
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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
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“I think that's his point," April said. "Not dumb, maybe. Just naive. I mean we come from a cynical age. Suspicious of everything. Maybe thats the advantage we have."
"Yeah our bad attitudes versus their swords and axes and giant wolves," Christopher said darkly.”
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