First, a word about Everworld. I enjoyed the series, but it is not for everyone. Written for a teenage audience, it nonetheless will appeal to adult readers. I would not recommend it for the squeamish, however. It is an intelligent series, but a bit dark and a bit bloody at times. The content is most decidedly on the high side of PG-13. There's nothing here they wouldn't show us on prime time television, and the depth of characterization is impressive. K.A. Applegate has created a very real fantasy world, and it's a shame the series isn't still around.
Oh, and read the things in order. That is an absolute must with this series; it's not that you won't be able to follow the story, but you'll really be missing out if you skip ahead.
|Search for Senna||K.A. Applegate||Meet the players and jump into Everworld. You absolutely have to start here; you'll be sorry if you don't.|
|Land of Loss||K.A. Applegate||Vikings, Aztecs, and Huitzilopoctli. I'd run the other way, but these four kids from the suburbs of Chicago wade right into the middle of it all.|
|Enter the Enchanted||K.A. Applegate||Enter Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table.|
|Realm of the Reaper||K.A. Applegate||Remember my warning for the squeamish; here's a pretty good example of why. Meet Loki's delightful daughter Hel.|
|Discover the Destroyer||K.A. Applegate||Fairy Land will never be the same after a visit from our gang.|
|Fear the Fantastic||K.A. Applegate||The kids come upon the land of Ka Anor.|
|Gateway to the Gods||K.A. Applegate||Mount Olympus is under siege, and the kids are right in the thick of things.|
|Brave the Betrayal||K.A. Applegate||Brush up on your African mythology. This one's really fascinating, as well as frightening.|
|Inside the Illusion||K.A. Applegate||This is the most fascinating, and the most disturbing, place you'll visit in Everworld: Inside the mind of Senna Wales.|
|Understand the Unknown||K.A. Applegate||You knew it had to happen. Atlantis.|
|Mystify the Magician||K.A. Applegate||The kids reach Eire, and things really begin to happen.|
|Entertain the End||K.A. Applegate||The grand finale leaves a lot of hanging threads. I hope the series continues someday.|
(1996 Original Broadway Cast)
|Jonathan Larson||Caution: Reading Everworld may create a need to listen to RENT.|