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Search for Senna (Everworld #1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1999

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With a seemingly boundless capacity for imagination and humor, the author of the Animorphs series takes older readers on a journey to a bizarre world, where elements of the past coexist with the fantastical, in this first volume of the Everworld series. After his mysterious girlfriend, Senna, is dragged underwater by a gigantic wolflike creature that rises from a lake, David and three other high school students are swept into the peculiar and frightening universe of Everworld. Applegate conjures a thrilling land inhabited by trolls, a gigantic snake "the size of a derailed Amtrak," evil winged creatures called Hetwan, unicorns and a colony of crude Vikings. Taken as prisoners to the court of Loki, the Norse god of destruction, the quartet again encounters the supernatural wolfAbut it seems that Senna has disappeared. When they fall asleep and find themselves back in the "real world," the four realize that Everworld is a parallel universe, and they are existing simultaneously in both places. As the book closes, narrator David and his friends have joined the ranks of the Vikings in battle against the army of the Aztec god Huitzilopoctli. Loki's treacherous castle is as gruesome as Huitzilopoctli's island is dazzling. With her blend of accessible story and mythological cast of characters, Applegate is sure to attract a host of new fans. Due out the same month is the series' second installment, Land of Loss (-87751-8). Ages 12-up. (July)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590877437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590877435
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this book for Christmas about 5 years ago, and at the time I didn't really even plan to read it. It didn't seem interesting to me, and I was starting to grow out of all these kiddie books. But, a while back, I was looking for something to do, so I just decided what the heck, I'll give it a try. As soon as I got started, I could not put it down. I read the whole thing within 2 days.
This is a great story. It's full of depth and meaning, and the imagery is just amazing. You'll really feel like you're in this book as you read it. The story is of 3 high school kids, who are taken to this parallel world. One of the kids, David, is trying to find his girlfriend, Senna, who was also taken to this other world. As they search, they encounter a wide variety of beings, such as giant animals, Norse gods, vikings, even Aztecs. This world seems to be a refuge for past civilations that have all but vanished from modern society. Stranger yet, the kids seem to be living two lives. They are in this other world, but every time they fall asleep, they cross back over into the real world. It's like they're in both places at once.
The interesting thing about this is the effect that it has on David, the main character. The story is told from his perspective, and as he lives this double life, he begins to realize that life in the "real world" is rather pointless by comparison. These people in this other world are fighting in wars, working hard to survive, and meanwhile we are going about boring, mundane lives with no real point. David slowly realizes that this other life in this other world is where he wants to be. Here, he's a warrior going into battle. Back home, he's just a punk kid who goes to high school and works at a coffee shop.
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Applegate's Animorphs and Everworld series share a similar demographic base with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps and Fear Street books (both by Scholastic, which also publishes J.K. Rowling). Applegate, though, is the better writer by a long shot. That said, I have yet to develop a serious interest in the hugely popular Animorphs. I felt the series was entirely too device rather than plot-driven (the device being kids who, thanks to extraterrestrial influences, could change--or "morph"--into animals).

But I'm a big fan of its less-appreciated older sibling, Everworld. It begins with her racially balanced gang of suburban kids getting transported into an alternate universe, a kind of dumping ground for all the old world mythological gods. After that, it turns into a serial novel in the true sense of the old B-movie Hollywood cliffhangers: quick, easy reads, snappy dialog and lots of action verbs. It's a formula that reminds me of a comment by Kurosawa on the writing of Hidden Fortress: every morning he'd think up a real fix to get his hero and heroine into, and it'd be up to his writing staff to figure out a way to get them out of it.
Applegate does have. A tendency. To use way too many. Periods. And either Applegate or her publisher (Scholastic) decided that no one gets to really swear, so we're too often left with those television cuss-word approximations. I say, either use the real words, or take it out. The compromise is just annoying.
Otherwise, she does a good job with capturing teen sensibilities in impossible situations. She sticks to a strict POV, but rotates it book to book (as she does in Animorphs). It provides a Rashomon-like perspective on her characters' internal and interpersonal conflicts.
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So...you want to know about my book, huh? Well, first of all, its name is "Ever World: Search For Senna. I give this book a 5 (highest number). "Why?" you ask. Well, it's a very good book that I would recommend to anyone my age. There are brutal scenes where people get killed and a little obscenity, but overall it is still a great book. If I were asked, "Who was your favorite character?", I would have to say: April. The reason for this is because she is the sister of Senna-the person they were searching for. She is considered pretty, but not as pretty as Senna. She can be very spunky whenever she gets annoyed by one of the guys. She was also the only girl there and became very brave when the others were scared. She gave the story a little comedy at times whenever someone said something smart or stupid. My least favorite person in the story would have to be Jalil. He didn't have many lines or things to say, or perhaps he was just very quiet. The best part that kept me on the edge of my seat was when the four- April, David, Christopher, and Jalil- fell into Ever World and tried to escape from Loki. They were chased by snakes, rhinos, and guards.This book has a lot of sides to it- it was suspenseful, funny, terrifying, and romantic. I would recommend this book to anyone of the age of 14 years and up because there are a few words of obscenity in it. I'm sure that they would enjoy it as much as I did. I think the author, K.A. Applegate, really put a lot of thought into this book even though this is the first of her books that I've read. I liked her style of writing and I'm sure you would too if you read this book.
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