Author: Sara Holland
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: 2nd January 2018
Pages: 336, Hardback
Genre: young adult, fantasy
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
Everless is one of the ARCs I was lucky enough to receive at YALC this year, and it is a book I looked forward to reading so much! This is exactly the sort of fantasy story I adore, and the concept reminded me slightly of the film In Time (which I love) – and I was so glad to see that my high expectations were met!
I absolutely adored the plot of this book; like I said before, when I heard what this book was about, I thought of the film In Time, but in reality, this book is really different. It isn’t science-fiction, for a start, which I actually prefer. I really loved the idea of time being bled out of blood, and used to make coins, and the general pace of the plot was spot on, in my opinion. There were a couple of key plot points that I managed to predict whilst reading the book – that said, towards the end of the story, I thought I knew exactly where things were going, only to be met with a massive and unexpected plot twist! So that shows what I know.
Another thing I enjoyed was the world-building in this book – I adore it when a fantasy story has it’s own mythology that forms the basis of the society, and I thought the legend of the Sorceress and the Alchemist added huge depth to the story!
As for the romance in the novel – I really liked how the romance wasn’t the main focus, and it was really refreshing to read. I do feel like there could have been a few more interactions with Jules and certain other characters, purely just to heighten the chemistry between them – but I feel that this will be something that is developed in the sequel. For this book, the romance served its interest, and did not detract at all from the main storyline!
Everless was a pleasure to read, and I raced through it in almost one sitting. The book is being released at the beginning of January 2018, and I would really recommend getting a copy yourself (the cover is absolutely stunning, which is an added bonus!). If you have read Everless already, please let me know your own thoughts, either in the comments or over on Twitter!