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(Everworld #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,073 ratings  ·  292 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’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
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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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
Jun 05, 2012 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
Anna Kay
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm rereading these for about the fourth or fifth time now, but the first since I left behind my teen years. I'm leaving the rating where it was originally, just because I'd still recommend these to a younger audience. It was written in 1999 though, so I might have to explain some stuff (Discman, Lilith Fair, Rodney King). But all the mythological stuff from many different cultures and the thrill of adventure are still there. It is very bare bones compared to modern YA & the closest I can equate ...more
Apr 03, 2008 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
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
Sarah 🌺 Books in Their Natural Habitat
I had originally read this book as a junior high kiddo when it first came out 20 years ago. I was obsessed with Animorphs so of course I wanted to read Everworld

I remember at the time thinking I was cool because my mom would NOT like me reading Everworld at that age and I got away with it. Re-reading it now, there’s a lot of things that I’m glad I didn’t pick up on them because they really weren’t age appropriate (in my opinion). For instance, the story very briefly touched on a child being sex
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
If I had reviewed this when I first read it (around 2001), this would have been 5 stars. I loved this series in HS.

But, I'm 31 now and can see its faults. It still a good first book, and I'm excited to see what I think of the rest of the series.

It was a fun time, traveling back to EverWorld after all these years and hang out with these cool cats from Chicago.
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
May 18, 2009 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
Sep 17, 2015 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
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Plot: Four teenagers get dragged into a parallel universe where gods and myths and legends are real, and they are insignificant pawns in constant danger of losing life and limb.

“I think that’s his point,” April said. “Not dumb, maybe. Just naïve. I mean, we come from a cynical age. Suspicious of everything. Maybe that’s an advantage we have.”

“Yeah, our bad attitudes versus their swords and axes and giant wolves,” Christopher said darkly.

1. I first tried reading Everworld when I was in my late p
Aug 04, 2011 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
Ian Korpel
Jan 20, 2008 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!!!
Nov 13, 2015 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 ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm currently reading this series after a friend’s recommendation and so far I’m enjoying it and really curious to see how it how it’s going to play out.

I’m actually a little bit conflicted, and I think it’s going to be a struggle that is going to stay with me for the entire twelve books, because these books are extremely hard to rate and review.

You see, like I said they’re a really enjoyable and fast read, but they’re also slightly weird Middle Grade books and really, really short. The rating
Sandy Maguire
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this series as a kid and it's always resonated with me. These days I was looking for some light fiction to read before bed and thought I'd reenter the world of Everworld. And... it's pretty good! It stands up surprisingly well. ...more
Thomas Tsunami
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book of my childhood. I read this and Redwall and thought I had read it all! This is my all time favorite Scholastic Book Fair book.
Mickey June
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
***Bin, Borrow, or Buy?***

I only kept reading because of one line on page 8. It wasn't worth it.

(view spoiler)
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
Sep 13, 2012 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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This wasn't great but I liked it. The writing wasn't great and the world and story were confusing, but I liked the character.

The writing was really chopping and there wasn't any good description, the dialogue good for the most part (until the Vikings started speaking). I also feel that there needs to be a lot more word building. There is a very complex world being set up but the reader is not given anywhere near enough information to really understand, but I do think that is because the book is
Janelle Dazzlepants
I picked one of these books up, out of order, from the library as a kid. I remember little, other than it was a portal fantasy and featured an unlikeable character named Senna. (Which TBH I found hilarious as she shares a name with a laxative)

Cut to me revisiting the series as an adult and being pleasantly surprised to find that it’s about Loki! I would’ve had a completely different experience with this series as a kid, but approaching it 15+ years later and with a bunch of Norse mythology under
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me just start off by saying this: this series has a lot of stuff that I like.

First of all, there's the whole kitchen sink massive mythology crossover. As a concept, Everworld—that place where all of the pagan pantheons and a couple of alien ones besides retreated when they left our world—is a pretty sweet bit of worldbuilding, and really, where else are you going to get to see the Vikings gearing up for a war against the Aztecs?

For another thing, it's a refreshingly realistic take on the por
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I used to love this series as a kid and now picked it up again, having realized that for some reason I never finished all the books. If I remember correctly, all of them are quite short and very action-packed, filled with mythology and almost horror-like descriptions of cruelties. The main idea of a world full of ancient Gods of different mythologies in a war with each other is very interesting indeed, and I feel like the human characters actually do have depth, too.

The first book is more like
May 25, 2011 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
Zachary Miller
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This series is dated by heavy pop culture references, steeped in fantasy tropes, and based on a surface level understanding of various mythologies and pantheons. But it's fun.

The writing style may be difficult for some. First-person narrative with an affected teenage voice. Slang that seems like it came straight from a Fox News list titled "Slang: How to talk to your teen." An endless supply of sentence fragments. Really. A lot of them. Whatever.

It was aimed at a certain age level in a specific
Aug 20, 2008 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.
I have memories of reading the Everworld books over and over when I was younger. I remember this being my first introduction to the Aztecs and being so drawn in by them that I read about them in our encyclopedia set. This book didn't disappoint as a re-read. It is well-written and the characters are not cringe-worthy like some of the other reads from my childhood. I am looking forward to continuing with the series. David's aversion to the daily-grind still resonates with me at 30. ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read these as a young teen and I've dreamed of Everworld ever since. Now I'm in my 30s and decided on a reread. I'm not disappointed. It's definitely written for the tween and teen crowd, but it hits some very real points about humanity and human nature. Plus I'm a sucker for modernization of the old gods. ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I just couldn't get into Everworld. The main characters just seemed too cynical and unlikable to me. Got some really weird fantasy stuff, if I recall, which I found kind of interesting, though. It's been a long time since I read these, so I only remember a bit of them. ...more
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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.

Katherine has written three picture

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)

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