Book Review: Everless (Everless #1) – Sara Holland
Title: Everless Author: Sara Holland Publisher: HarperTeen Release date: January 2nd 2018 Genre: YA 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.
This was the first book of 2018 that I wanted to read as soon as it came out and I absolutely couldn’t wait to put my hands on it. Sadly, it was a little bit of a disappointment for me. The book isn’t bad, it’s just so mediocre. Nothing new happened that I haven’t read a hundred times already in other YA’s and that’s sad because it could have been so much more. I’ve always been intrigued by stories that use time as a currency. Everything you do in your normal life is so much more important/stressful/exiting because so much more depends on it. If you lose your job, you loose precious years you could live and that’s way worse than being out of a job in this world. Maybe I just expect too much of this theme, I don’t know. I just expected a more cruel and emotional story or something with more depth, I guess.
My biggest problem with this book is that it was completely predictable. I figured out everything that would happen 50 pages before it happened, every single time.. and that ruined the story a bit for me. I do love the fact that it was so fast paced, you get trough this book in no time and it definitely keeps your attention. I finished it pretty fast and there was enough going on to never get really annoyed by the fact that everything was so predictable. It probably is so predictive because it’s just like so many YA books out there. Maybe, if I didn’t already read so many YA books I would have loved this book much more. I do think it’s a good book for people who don’t read that many books (or just not that many YA books). But, if you’re like me and you have read many standard fantasy YA books, I don’t recommend this book to you (go read Strange the Dreamer if you haven’t already).
The same thing happened in the romance part. It was quite an interesting romance but too predictable. 20 pages in I figured out what everyone’s deal was and then the long waiting began until the characters finally figured it out for themselves. It isn’t too romance heavy which I liked because it left more time for the story and the book was packed enough already. I think it would have been a bit too much if this story had more romance.
The characters weren’t anything new either. You have a standard evil Queen, a pretty prince who hasn’t got a clue what’s going on, an unexpected evil mastermind and a poor girl who’s life is suddenly transformed who has to jump and play the hero without thinking twice every 10 pages. I mean, haven’t we read that before? Jules is just so basic… She doesn’t think twice before risking her life for every person who held open a door for her. It’s very noble but I’m just a bit bored by those stories were everyone immediately does the right thing, it’s so much more interesting when they react to situations like real human beings and it would be even better if the author could throw in some moral conflicts once in a while. Jules basically didn’t act very clever and that’s always a deal breaker for me.
I’m still curious for the second book but I’m going to guess we are getting a love triangle and I’m really not looking forward to that if it’s the case! I’m just hoping the next book will be a little bit less generic YA fantasy, because the story is really good but just not that creative.