Justice Unending is not the type of book I’m usually drawn to, but I’ve lately found myself more open to fantasy and science fiction-type books than I have been in the past. This is the first book I’ve read in the YA "steampunk" genre, and I enjoyed the how the realistic older technology melded with the fantasy world. The world in which the story is set is highly original (a walled-off country ruled by immortals that must inhabit the bodies of humans, who die when their bodies are chosen) and the story is tense and fast-moving. When Faye’s sister is chosen by one of the “Unendings,” Faye tries to say goodbye one last time and finds herself the host of an Unending who is leading a rebellion against the ruling immortals. The world is richly drawn, with an original take on compliance with ruling classes and power systems. The book is ripe for a sequel, with many aspects of the world left to explore. Full disclosure: The author is a long-time colleague and I’m ridiculously proud of her for writing and publishing this book. However, I did buy the book and am not in any way affiliated with the marketing of it. I hope you’ll check it out!
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From the publisher’s description:
Within the walls of the Bastion, it’s an honor to become a host for an Unending—the bodiless, immortal spirits who rule the country. But for Faye, it meant her sister would have to die. When Faye sneaks into the Mother Duchess’s manor, she just wanted to see her sister one last time. Instead, Faye finds a manor in chaos, a murdered man, and an Unending assassin named Aris who needs a new body—Faye’s body—to bring the Bastion to its knees. Now Faye’s harboring the Bastion’s most wanted criminal. And if she wants to live, she’ll have to escape the Duchess and her immortals, all while keeping Aris from harming anyone else. There’s just one problem—Aris is not the villain. And now Faye is the only one who can help her stop the Duchess before anyone else—and especially Faye—has to die for the Unendings’ whims.