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Young Adult Fantasy at its best...
on April 21, 2001
"Brave the Betrayal" is the eighth book in K.A. Applegate's "Everworld" saga. Jalil, Christopher, David, April and Senna are still trapped in Everworld and their lives are about to be turned upside-down. Literally.
After a meeting with the Goddess Athena, the five main characters are sent on a mission to Egypt to find Senna's mother. The Coo-Hatch have used the information from April's chemistry book to make gunpowder and this could become a deadly weapon that they will use against Olympus unless they are sent home to their universe. However, the only person who can do this is Senna's mother who is thought to be in Egypt. To find her and avert catastrophe, Jalil and the others must cross the perilous African continent.
During the journey, they encounter Eshu, a mysterious being who demands that a sacrifice is made to please the African Gods. Despite Senna's pleading, the other characters refuse either due to general principals or religious beliefs, and Eshu responds by sending them into the mirror world where the grass is blue, the water purple and everything is upside-down...
This book was amazing. The descriptions of Everworld are amazingly vivid and colourful and you can really imagine actually being there. I love mythology so I found the information on the Ancient Gods and cultures interesting. I expected something a lot more like Animorphs and this is completely different. The plot and characters are far more complex, in keeping with the older target audience, and although I love animorphs, I have to say that this is far superior. My only fault with the book is that not much history or character information is given and the events can become very confusing at times. Overall, five stars and I can't wait to read the remaining books in the series.