Hm. I’ve been dreadfully uninteresting lately.
Here is a book I read. I am going to post the rest of the reviews for this series over the next few days. Then we can be done with them and move on.
Everworld: Inside the Illusion
By K.A. Applegate
Everworld is a place that can’t possibly exist—an alternate universe where all the gods and legends and creatures of myth are still hurling lightning bolts, casting spells, and making life difficult for the mortals of Everworld.
Senna Wales may be mortal, but she’s so much more. She’s a witch, honing her abilities and working hard to bend others to her will. In Everworld, this means using psychology and the occasional spell on the teens she brought over from the real world, and back in the real world, it means appearing magically before a group of machine-gun toting neo-nazis who will follow their new god wherever she leads…
This installment of Everworld was different, since we finally get to see from Senna’s point of view…but I’m not sure what I was supposed to take away from that.
Sure, we get to hear from Senna about how her childhood was awful and her real mother left her with a step-family, and how they didn’t love her or treat her properly…but all the time, Senna tells it so that you think she never wanted anyone to like her anyway. Hard to feel bad for someone who tells their life story like it should’ve been sad, but they didn’t care. And then when they catch up with Senna’s mother, it’s extremely disappointing…I’d thought that character would be a little stronger, having lived in Everworld for years and years…but no. Senna’s mother is laughable, and it’s pretty easy to see why Senna dislikes her. Not so easy to see why Senna claims her mother’s magic is stronger though…it certainly doesn’t seem like it.
So the Senna angle was confusing. The Egyptian gods, however, not so much.
They’re basically living statues, irretrievably transfixed by the rituals of Egyptian worship, and because of their inactivity, the Egyptian city is overrun by Amazons and cats. Dead people in the streets, being eaten by cats, and big muscly women singing Arethra Franklin songs that Senna’s mother taught them. That’s what Applegate’s version of Egypt looks like.
While the Amazons are a bit of a surprise, the whole bit about Egypt’s gods being “dead” is really dull. It’s the same angle Anne Rice used in her Vampire Chronicles for how vampirism started, and even Neil Gaiman comes close to this treatment of the Egyptians in American Gods. I feel like if anyone ever used this set of gods as active characters, I might read that book, just to see how it panned out. Not that all of Applegate’s Egyptian gods are dead…Sobek, the alligator-headed god, was banished from the city, and so avoided becoming frozen by rituals. He’s a pretty scary character, too. A talking Godzilla.
Overall, there was enough interesting stuff going on in this book to cancel out the stuff I didn’t like, but not really a high point in the series.