Review Of Crewel

Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Book: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Alternate/Coexisting World

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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.

Review: This book was so good. Even though it was dystopian, it was different to other books out there. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say The Giver by Lois Lowry but better. Not only do I prefer Albin's writing, but Adelice is also the better protagonist in my opinion.

Not only is she older, but I just liked her better than I could ever like Jonas.

Even in that sense, this book stands out in the way that while their memories are controlled, unlike in The Giver (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GIVER) where people who are not the giver of the receiver have no memories, these people do. Both the good and the bad. They just don't remember what the government doesn't want them to remember.

That's where the spinsters come in. The entire world is made of one giant weave. These spinsters can see the weave and can manipulate it to control what will happen next. All the girls are tested for the ability. Adelice has it, though she has been taught to hide it.

After accidentally showing her talent during testing, she is taken to the Coventry, where she meets people and learns the secrets of her government. It's very cool. 

Overall, I don't understand why there aren't more people who've read this book. It's outstanding and I highly recommend it to dystopian lovers and people who enjoy alternate/coexisting worlds.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

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