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Search for Senna (Everworld Series #1)
     

Search for Senna (Everworld Series #1)

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by K. A. Applegate
 

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In the dark past, Zeus and Odin, Huitzilopoctli and Ra, and the other gods of myth decided to abandon the real world. They created another universe, where magic rules, where all the mystery and terror of these capricious immortals holds sway. It is a place where Vikings still sail in the name of Thor, where the Aztecs still make human sacrifices to Huitzilopoctli, and

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In the dark past, Zeus and Odin, Huitzilopoctli and Ra, and the other gods of myth decided to abandon the real world. They created another universe, where magic rules, where all the mystery and terror of these capricious immortals holds sway. It is a place where Vikings still sail in the name of Thor, where the Aztecs still make human sacrifices to Huitzilopoctli, and where Merlin still weaves his subtle webs.

For a thousand years and more, Everworld has existed apart from the real world. But now Everworld is in trouble. The cozy universe created by Earth's ancient immortals has been invaded by the creatures of myths that are no part of human tradition. The gods are under attack, divided and terrified. And in this moment of supreme danger, Loki, Norse god of evil, reaches across the barrier between Everworld and the real world to seize a new power: Senna Wales.

Senna carries with her four ordinary high school kids from the Midwest: David, the insecure hero and Senna's love; Christopher, the joker Senna spurned, who hides his own anger and bigotry beneath a glib veneer; Jalil, cold, calculating, and so devoted to rationality he can't even acknowledge his own strange tie to Senna; and April, Senna's half sister — actress, flirt, and Senna's most dangerous enemy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 wolf--but 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) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Science Fiction Chronicle
Attractively packaged, these are sufficiently adventurous and well written to entertain as adult audience as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590877435
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Everworld Series , #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Chapter 4

It happened the next day. The terrible thing.
It was early. Gray dawn. More gray than dawn, really, because the clouds were hanging low over the lake. It was chilly, which is how I like it when I go for a run.
I run maybe three times a week; I'm no athlete, it's just that sometimes I'll wake up way too early and be full of this dangerous energy. The kind of feeling that makes you go looking for trouble. Maybe it was some hangover from my dream. Maybe I just hadn't slept well.
All I know is I woke up tingling, teeth grinding, eyes way too clear and alert. So I got up and ran.
I rolled out of bed and pulled on a jock, a pair of gray shorts, a faded Radiohead T-shirt, and a sweatshirt with the arms cut short. I dug in my drawer for clean socks and laced up my shoes.
I crept down the stairs past my mom's room. Her door was partly open. A man's leg was sticking out from beneath crumpled sheets. I looked away.
We have a house in a kind of old neighborhood. It's a nice house, with a standard lawn and a fence around the backyard. The street is quiet. It's eight, nine blocks to the lake and downhill all the way.
I headed toward the lake. No warm-up. I wasn't planning a long run. Through the still-sleeping downtown, past the Breugger's and the Barnes and Noble and the health food store.
I listened to the sound of my shoes hitting sidewalk. I listened to the sound of my own breathing, calm and steady for the first few blocks, getting a little harsher after that. I had to breathe through my mouth. My nose hurt less that way.
Down to Sheridan, still mostly devoid of traffic. I caught a red light, shot a look each way, and ran across. There's park all along the lake. Grass and big trees and winding paths for runners and bikers. People take their dogs there. Kids play there. At this hour of the morning, though, there were just a few runners spaced far apart on the crushed shell path.
There's an L-shaped pier of concrete blocks. It shelters the powerboat launching ramp. I saw someone sitting out there on the end. Past the railing, perched on a rough, white concrete boulder. I knew right away it was her.
Senna sat gazing out at the mist-shrouded lake, hands pressed down on the rock, legs drawn up to her chin, a little girl. She was wearing a jean jacket a couple of sizes too big. She looked so small. Weak. Not the creature from my dream.
My steady steps faltered. I heard the different rhythm as my feet slowed, then sped up, then slowed again.
I should have wanted to go to her. But I didn't. I should have felt lucky. Lucky to see her alone on a morning when I expected to be alone with myself.
But that's not what I felt.
Dread.
That's what I felt. Dread.
There was a voice in my head, a lunatic voice screaming, Run away! Run away! A panicky voice.
"What's the matter with you?" I asked myself, wanting to hear my own, true voice. "Getting jumpy? That knee in the face must have rattled your brain, David."
I headed toward Senna, toward the start of the pier. But my feet were listening to that other voice, that faint but insistent madman in my brain. My feet were out of rhythm, they missed steps, they dragged, they didn't want to go any closer.
And then I saw the others. And they saw me, and I swear the chill breeze became a frozen wind that went right through my skin and iced my insides.
Jalil was just pulling up in his car. I saw him clearly. He saw me. I guess we were both trying to look normal, but we both knew there was nothing normal here.
Christopher was walking from the other direction. He looked worried and harassed. Like a guy who's late for an appointment he doesn't want to make.
April was sitting on a bench, looking out at Senna. I would be next to her in a dozen steps. I stopped.
"Hi, April," I said trying to sound normal.
She turned her startling green eyes on me. "What does it mean, David?"
I shook my head. "I don't know."
I heard a car door close. Jalil joined us. He said nothing. He looked at me. He looked at April. Only his eyes moved. Then, as if he didn't want to look, as if he didn't want to have to turn his head, he looked at Senna. At Senna's profile, because she did not turn to look at us.
"Excuse me, but does anyone else have a case of the unholy creeps?" Christopher asked. Christopher's a big guy, bigger than me. Blond. Looks like a surfer dude. His tan was looking a little green.
He had walked up and stopped, like me, a few feet away from April.
"I was blaming it on brain damage," I said, pointing at my bandaged nose.
"My brain's fine," Jalil said. "It's my stomach telling me to get the hell out of here."
"Too weird," Christopher said. "We're all here? She's out there? What is this?"
"I heard her leave really early this morning," April said. "We share a wall between our rooms. She...and then, I felt like I had to follow her." She shrugged. "What is this?" Christopher demanded in a loud voice. Deliberately loud. Maybe loud enough for Senna to hear if she was listening.
"Ask her," April said.
Slowly Senna climbed to her feet. She turned and looked at us. She was maybe a hundred feet away.
I could see confusion on her face.
Her mouth formed the word "no."
And then the entire universe ripped apart.
c 1999 by K. A. Applegate. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Scholastic, Inc.

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Search for Senna (Everworld Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Airth More than 1 year ago
WHY is this not a nook book!! why is B&N no longer carring this these books. Great books!
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MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
When I first bought this book, I wasnt for sure what this book was going to be about. I wasnt even for sure i was going to even like it. But the back of the book it drawed me in. And one thing I was not aware of, is that. This was a young adult book, and when I went on Barnes and Noble and read up on it. And it said young adults, I was shocked. But the concept, theme, and characters of the book. Are wrote on the lines, that young adult will L.O.V.E to get off into. But besides that, this book is well written and thought out. I L.O.V.E how the author took mythology gods,dwarfs, fairies,and giants and tie them in. This is a well written book on so many different levels. And any young adult and even adults will enjoy!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best fantasy advanture series i've ever read. It's captivating and compelling. Intense in every way that will only keep you reading. Love this series and recommend it to anyone in search of a different fantasy adventure
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend told me to read these. I am so glad she did. I read it in one night! As the Everworld books switched fom character to character, I couldn't decide my favorite. I could relate to David, Christopher, April and Jalil--and yes, Senna as well. The only bad thing I could possibly say was that the books were to short.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!Very suspenseful and exciting!A good book for action hungry readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend got me hooked on these books. She has read all of them, and I had nothing else to read so I decided to give them a try. Wow!! I didn't really expect to enjoy them; they looked too easy and simplistic. And they were, really-not what I'd call quality literature. But I was totally stuck after the first one. I couldn't stop, I read it in one night and practically snatched the next one out of my friend's locker the next day at school. And continued to do so with the rest until, sadly, school let out, and now it takes longer for me to get the next book. Sniff. Although they are not what I'd call great American novels, the Everworld books are fun and fast-paced, and very addictive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best i have ever read!!! i was never interested in reading till i read this book. i have read almost all of them and they hook me to every last word from begining to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all the books I've ever read, Everworld books are the best. Especially this one! It just grabs your attention and won't let go. It's an absolute thrill ride from beginning to end. I read every one of them, I know! For those who don't like to read, just try it. Once you read it there's no turning back, because you're hooked. Come on, I know you want to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like t read but this book amased me. never have I read a book this interesting. I like the way that I can relate to the charicters, my favorite charicter i'd have to say is christopher because he's hilariously funny he keeps me wanting to turn the pages. I'm probably going to read the rest of the series because the're so interesting. these books are really getting me into sci-fi and fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before i read this book i did not read books at all, but when i got to the fist page and read like a paragraph, i Couldn't Put It Down!! It would be the first thing i read in the morning and the last thing i read at night!! You gotta go cop this forreal!! HOLLA
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book as reccomended from a friend. I started to read and and it hooked me. Hook. Line. Sinker. It started to reel me and and I coudn't put it down. I found myself reading it any chance I could. In school, if we had just 30 seconds of time to spare, I would pull it out and read eagerly. I am now reading the second one and I'm planning on reading the whole series. Please, read this. Once you read it you won't want to read anything else. It's awesome. You have my word for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to pick a fantasy book for english class and was not to excited because fantasy is not one of my favorite genres. Wow i was amased this book was awesome i finished it in two days! My fantasy book has been read but i am thinking why stop here there is still an entire series left to be read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's just say that this book really likes to play with your mind. The tone starts out fairly normal, quiet, to the point. The events, too, are fairly normal. A fight. A date. A morning jog. You meet the characters, you relate to the narrator (David) and the next thing you know, David's girlfriend has been kidnapped by the wolf-son of Loki, Norse god of evil and destruction, and David and friends are hanging by their wrists from castle walls. As I said, it plays with your mind. It really yanks you around, and for some reason, the weirdest stuff sounds true. It's not cheesy fantasy fiction, so any fantasy fiction reader will probably love this. The book is really descriptive, and often ironic in its descriptions. I hope you enjoy this, and another thing, this is perfect for the person who won't read if he/she can help it. They won't want to put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Search for Senna,as it really makes you feel like you are actually there in the story, just the way Mrs. Applegate tries,and succeeds,to write her books. I am one who is always at a loss of words, which explains my short review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books. I have just started reading them and I think they are going to be just great. I think that my favorite character is David. He has really great leadership skills and a great personality (Sometimes he thinks a little to high of him self). This series is great for all age groups I think. You MUST READ this Book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you into the world that the characters are in. You can't help but become the people in the story because there is atleast one person you can relate to. You feel like the adventure is your own. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riveting, amazing, great, and never disapointing. Applegate creates a series I was never able to put down. The only down side is that it leaves ya hanging at the end of each book. I had to wait for each one to come out. So I was anxious to be first to get each one. I was never fond of Applegates work until Everworld. If you have ever read a book with a paralell dimension none will compare to this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so outstandingly awesome. This was a great mix of adventure, magic, Fairytale and love. I just borrowed this book because my friend reads them all the time and now, so will I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's just say that this book really likes to play with your mind. The tone starts out fairly normal, quiet, to the point. The events, too, are fairly normal. A fight. A date. A morning jog. You meet the characters, you relate to the narrator (David) and the next thing you know, David's girlfriend has been kidnapped by the wolf-son of Loki, Norse god of evil and destruction, and David and friends are hanging by their wrists from castle walls. As I said, it plays with your mind. It really yanks you around, and for some reason, the weirdest stuff sounds true. It's not cheesy fantasy fiction, so any fantasy fiction reader will probably love this. The book is really descriptive, and often ironic in its descriptions. I hope you enjoy this, and another thing, this is perfect for the person who won't read if he/she can help it. They won't want to put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everworld 1 was cool a fantasy story!IF YOU LOVE FANTASY YOU WILL LOVE EVERWORLD 1!IT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!