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.
When I first read the description of Everless I was super excited to read this book, so much so that I went ahead and pre-ordered it on Amazon. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. Not only was it the premise that drew me in but the amazing cover as well.
I will also admit that the premise reminded me a great deal of the movie In Time, but after I started reading I realized that there was a huge difference between the movie and this book. This is the story of Jules, a seventeen year old girl who is trying to save her father whose time is running out. In Jules’ world time (blood) is money. Time is drawn from their blood to create blood-iron. The blood-iron is then ingested by people as a way to lengthen their life span. The rich and powerful are the only ones that have extra to spare, and they are not sharing.
Jules has to make a tough decision to return to the place her and her father were exiled from in order to make enough “money” to not only save her father’s life, but pay their rent. Jules father is adamant that she not return to Everless, but Jules defies him and goes anyway. There she reunites with old friends and discovers she may not be who she was brought up to believe she was. Jules also has to face a person from her past who may not be all she remembers, and might be the alley that she needs to survive.
I really enjoyed the world building, and the twists and turns of this story. There were things that were a little predicable, but most of all the twist at the end that lead to the cliffhanger, I did not see coming at all. I am looking forward to book number 2.