Author Sara Holland
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
Eventhough all my Dutch friends who read were very excited for Everless, I didn’t really care much. I do like Distopian stories, but they never are the ones that I pick out. Like said before, I rather read contemporary stories.
However Sara Holland is coming to Yalfest this year and I don’t have a lot of money, but I still want to try to get one book of every author. So that’s why I picked Everless when my grandma told me I could pick out one.
Instead of leaving it on my shelves for months the cover made me want to pick up the book really fast, so the next day after I finished my book I did.
The story reminded me a lot of The Jewel and The Selection series and maybe it was a little too much. The whole book I had a feeling that I had already read something like this.
Anyway, the concept of paying with blood was very interesting to me. It was very cruel, but also very creative. The only thing I didn’t really understand was how they turned the blood into money. It’s probably just something I need to reread, because they did understand it.
I really liked the whole story that happened in Everless. It was going fast enough and didn’t leave any details behind either. Every time Jules discovers a little more of her dad’s secret you just want to know more. I have to say that the first plottwist out of the 2 didn’t surprise me, I really saw that coming. However the big ones in the end did not. It didn’t that that was a possibility.
The part of the story about the history of Everless didn’t interest me as much. I mean the idea was very cool, but it could’ve been worked out better. Now it felt a bit rushed.
I’m excited to read the other books in this serie!