Dystopian, General YA, Romance, Thriller:

Crewel

12 Jan 2014 by Becca, 1 Comment »
CrewelCrewel by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #1
Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR) on October 16, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, General YA, Thriller, YA Romance
Pages: 360
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five-stars

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

Adelice is not an ordinary Spinster. From an early age she recognized that the world around her was composed of the weave, which is essentially the fabric of life and the very existence of the world of Arras.

Adelice also soon realizes that something isn’t quite right with the Guild when her collection night goes awry and her parents do everything in their power to save her from her Spinster duties.

Gennifer Albin has done something with Creweler that I haven’t recognized for some time.She impressed me with originality and kept me interested to the very last page. I really want to read the next novel in the series, as “The End of Book One” on the last page indicates to me that there must be a sequel (hopefully at least).

Arras is oppressive, especially if you are a woman. Females are segregated from males at an early age and they become secretaries, maids, or if they are lucky – teachers. Only a few women are selected to become Spinsters because of their special abilities and those women are expected to be dazzling and runway ready at any given moment. Men control their wives by forcing them to stay home and to raise children. They are not allowed to work in any governmental or leadership position. Women can’t even travel or visit certain restaurants without a male escort or special permission.

Yet, at the same time, it is a woman who prevents Arras from falling apart. But what happens when she dies?

Creweler has some romance elements mixed into the action scenes. Early on I guessed on something that eventually came to fruition within the last pages of the book – but I won’t give that away!

Also, Adelice sparkles with the defiance that holds steadfast throughout the entire novel. I’m always so absorbed in books with strong female leads and this one was no exception. Nobody talks to Cormac with the ‘back talk’ and sarcastic remarks that Adelice always spews. Gotta respect a girl with some spunk! I CANT WAIT to read a sequel and to find out what will happen to Adelice and her allies amidst a new frontier, the unknown awaiting her.

five-stars

One Comment

  1. Natasha says:

    Love this book!!! 😀

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