Last updated on Jan 6th, 2021 at 04:30 pm
Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, has hailed Sara Holland a fierce storyteller, and I couldn’t agree more.
Everless is a gripping novel told at breakneck pace, and is almost impossible to put down.
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.
The main protagonist, Jules, has every reason to hate the Gerlings, barring one. The youngest son, Roan, was Jules’s childhood friend and crush, but she has not seen him in a decade. Jules and her father were forced to flee Everless when she witnessed a fateful accident that incriminated Roan’s older brother.
For ten years, Jules and her father eke out a pitiful existence away from Everless and the threat of discovery, but when Jules’s father falls ill as a result of spending too much of his time, Jules decides to return to Everless to save his life. What follows is a glorious tale of intrigue and betrayal, and secrets that you simply do not see coming.
At times, this reminded me a little of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, and I can see why Victoria Aveyard is listed as a comparable author. A dazzling debut.
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