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Land of Loss

(Everworld #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,079 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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, Jalil, April, and Christopher have been pulled into a world that defies everything they once believed. Wolves the size of elephants, beings who consider
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Paperback, 185 pages
Published July 1999 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1999)
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Julie
Their adventures continue, this time foraying into Aztec mythology and human sacrifice -- to be honest, the images from this book branded themselves into my memory as a shaken lil' kid.

Land of Loss offers further insight into Christopher's personality, a deepening of the template of the jokester who lashes out at others to defend himself. I actually have a lot of sympathy for his tendency to seek refuge in sitcoms as a pick-me-up, considering that when I'm depressed, I crawl under the covers and
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Leah
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Still not as fantastic as HS me remembered but enjoying these rereads all the same!
Anna
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Once again, keeping the old rating for this book, though it deserves more likely a 3 or 3.5 star rating. It's from Christopher's pov this time around -- stereotypical class clown, asshole jock, big man on campus, mildly racist bully, etc. The story advances and our band of heroes get to question Senna about why she led them to Everworld. Also, we find out that besides Norse gods, Aztecs & various aliens, the Arthurian knights & Merlin are also there. The teens trade a chemistry text for ...more
Stephanie
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
We open up “Land of Loss” with the big battle between the Vikings and the Aztecs, and it … does not go well. Rather, we get a very close look at exactly what the Aztecs do to the people they beat and capture, with our disgruntled group (to understate matters) getting ringside seats – or is that altar-side seats?

How do you escape a society who wants to cut out your heart and eat you, while your fellow captives have a fatalistic “Oh look, we’ve been captured. We will die,” attitude? Not easily,
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Joana
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I find these books extremely hard to rate and review, so please keep in mind that the ratings I’m attributing are not really equivalent with my usual ones, nor accurate with how pleasant a read it’s being.


The mythology part of the story is really good, and it’s actually involving mythological aspects that I’m not really used to read about so that’s really nice.

I also really like that it seems that each book was a different POV, it give us the opportunity to know all the characters a
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Just a note – I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on this Project EverWorld thing. For one thing, it’s completely different to Animorphs. Those books hold up. The characters are likeable. Stuff actually happens to move the plot forward. There’s resolution, satisfaction at the end of a good story.

These EverWorld books are different. I felt neither satisfaction nor that any part of the story had concluded upon finishing both Books 1 and 2. When you write a series, you’re supposed to write like a
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Erin
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Once again, this was a decent story that never really clicked.

I still do like the way that Applegate portrays battle: she never glorifies violence.

But all around was the madness. Men in the lunatic rage of combat. Hungry for murder; thirsty for the blood that would drench the sand. Not their own, of course, never their own, because what fool ever goes to war expecting that he will be the one to die? The movie in your head has you as the hero, bravely whacking away at the bad guys. Courage
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Chris Booth
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Everworld series definitely solidifies the fact that these books are far more adult than the Animorphs. It also sets the books apart from KA Applegate’s other stories by having more visceral descriptions of gore and fear.

The book introduces Christopher as a narrator, and while it may appear that he is the comic relief of the group, he is in fact a much deeper character with some real insights into how we each find different ways to deal with the world around us (and in the
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Katherine Wren
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Christopher's voice much more than David's. I think I'll like Jahlil's even more. These books are a nostalgia read for me. And although I enjoyed this one, the writing still isn't what I wished it could be. That said, this book is loads better than the first one. I think I've read the first three in this series when I was in the 6th grade. I'm going to read the whole series now. I'm more excited for it after reading this book than I was after reading the first.
There are some seemingly
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Tommy Grooms
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Land of Loss features Christopher as narrator, whose honest commentary on his ongoing horror and trauma creates a compelling read, even as the plot moves more sluggishly than the first book. Following the battle against Huitzilopochtli, the four kids have to escape being prisoners of the Aztecs. The writing does not shy away from the more gruesome elements of human sacrifice, and overall continues to feel "older" than Animorphs with things like racism and rape coming up in characters' ...more
E
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book throws you in without much warning, and doesn't really stop. It's clearly a teenage boy at the helm, but he recognizes this with some introspective thought when he's getting tetchy and itching for a fight.

The take on the Aztec was interesting, especially with the fattening feast before ritual slaughter and the way the townspeople starved in comparison to the hungry god, but I really loved the Coo-Hatch. No doubt Merlin, seen for the space of one chapter, will have a bigger part to play
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Alex of Yoe
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I love Christopher's POV. He brings some depth and realism to the plot, pointing out how traumatic it can be living through something from a fantasy world. I also like how all the characters have their flaws and aren't your stereotypical heroes. The plot thickens!
Arlenne
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Christopher faults as a person, like his racism and sexism, does get called out constantly which is nice to see. Weirdly I did found the second book more amiable to read since I hadn't noticed there is something that bugs me about David, which made his narration slower for me to read.
Heather Mayle
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Still trying to figure this story out. It was interesting having the POV change from who it was in the first book. And a little interesting to see characters that act more like real life people would in crazy situations than typical "heros" would.
Matt
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Things are getting tense in this book between the group and characters are starting to figure out a bit more about Everworld. Still some answers waiting to be revealed. Is Senna good, is she manipulating everyone? Has she done this before? All in all, still enjoying re-reading this series.
Janelle Dazzlepants
Christopher is certifiably The Worst.
Kathrine Reamsnyder
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Surprising number of typos in the ebook ...more
Erin
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
God, how did I forget how gory these books were??
Sara
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid sequel. Will check out book 3.
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun fluff.
Susan J. Wilkes
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I understand why a lot of publishers have a "no cannibals" rule for submitting to them now.
Tiina
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Even though Christopher might be my favorite narrator of the four, and even though Applegate really does know how to write about fear and panic, I feel like the plot didn't really progress at all.
Valia
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this more than the first book. Enjoyed Christopher's POV. Everworld is still a mystery to me
Taina
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Lesson Number One in Everworld: There’s them, and there’s us. And any day we can keep them from destroying us, that’s a victory.”


The important facts:

1. There are four main characters, David, Christopher, Jalil and April
2. Everything that happens is because of Senna
3. There is another universe
4. There are gods in said universe who want them dead

Book two picks up right where the first ended – Huitzilopoctli's shadow is scaring the crap out of everyone.

This book’s POV is from Christopher
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Rlygirl
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
I thought the first book was an ok read, but the sequel was even harder to read. The adventure just does not MOVE anywhere. The way the characters wander around Everworld makes me wonder if their author had no clear idea where they were going either. It was difficult to finish this book after I lost interest in the 2nd chapter.

Caitlin
First of all, I am in love Christopher.

Second of all, I'm still enjoying this series very much. Applegate's strength is really in her characters, but she does a great job of building a world that's exciting, and Everworld is just as much a character on its own.

My only quibble (and I don't know if it's even a quibble per say) is that this book reads almost exactly like Animorphs in terms of writing style and prose. Which I guess is pretty expected, since it's the same author, yet these
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Aiden
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the book Ever World Land of Loss, Christopher and his friends David, Jalil, and April are pulled from the real word into this world of Myth, Fantasy, and action where anything could happen. The only time they are in the real world, Earth, is when they are sleeping in the Ever World. In Ever World, Christopher and his friends are tagging along with the Vikings. At the beginning, The Vikings and the Aztecs are in a war with each other. The Viking were winning until the Aztec god of death ...more
Lauren Giova
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Modern day, easy-read fantasy readers.
First of all, i read both the first and second Everworld books in the same volume. Both are action-packed and quite the page-turner. The battle scenes are short-lived but vivid in their swift detail. If you like battle scenes, i recommend these to you just for them.
At first i was disappointed in the fact that the narrators change from the first book to the second. In the Search for Senna the narrator is David and in the Land of Loss it is Christopher. I like getting into a character and
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Lindsical
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
EDIT: The teenagers are still trying to survive Everworld in this second installment. This time they travel with the Vikings to war with the Aztecs and the blood-thirsty god, Huitzilopoctli, or Big H.

The narrative changes to Christopher's point of view in this book. You get a more in depth look at his perspective and personality. He's the jokester, but that's how he deals with panic. And in Everworld, the characters stay in a pretty constant state of panic. He can be a jerk, but honestly, he
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

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Everworld (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • 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)
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