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Crewel (Crewel World) by Gennifer Albin

Crewel (Crewel World) (edition 2012)

by Gennifer Albin

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Title:Crewel (Crewel World)
Authors:Gennifer Albin
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2012), Hardcover, 368 pages
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Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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TITLE: Crewel
DATE READ: 01/05/15
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA/2012/Farrar Straus Giroux/357 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Future/Arras (world created beyond earth)
CHARACTERS: Adelice, Jost, Eric
FIRST LINES: I can count the days until summer draws to a close and autumn seeps into the leaves, painting them ginger & scarlet.
COMMENTS: Arras is a controlled world where everything is pre-determined: what you eat, where you live, how many children you have and when you will die. Any deviance will cause a re-mapping or removal. This world is all about control and The Manipulation Services consists of spinsters who work the looms that control the fabric of the inhabitants lives. There are certain young women that are gifted and chosen for this life as a spinster. Adelice is born into a family that knows her gift goes beyond someone who can work the loom and has extra special gifts that allow her to weave w/o artifice and no loom is required. Her parents try to protect her from being called as a spinster but they are thwarted and Adelice is taken. Most young women that try to run from the spinsters are removed but Adelice's gifts are too precious to waste, especially since the current creweler had been renewed many times and is ready for the end, Adelice seems to the her replacement. Adelice is forcibly removed from her family and believes are parents are gone but finds out her sister has been re-mapped. She no longer recognizes Adelice since she has new memories and a new family. Adelice is too independent to accept this new life that she has entered and joins forces w/ 2 young men Eric and Jost. She is not sure how or where but her plan is leave Arras and begin to live somewhere else -- Most of the inhabitants of Arras think this is the only world left that Earth had been destroyed years ago. It is not enough to just flee but to save her friends and family as well … so will have to read the next book to find out what progress is made since Book One ends just as they are touching down on earth. ( )
  pammykn | Feb 9, 2015 |
I am surprised by how much I loved this book. My expectations were not set too high, although they weren’t set too low either. I skimmed over a few reviews and decided to give it a go (it helped that I caught it so cheap on Book Outlet). And let it be known, I hate that I didn’t discover and read this book much sooner than I did. I’ve really been missing out on a lot of good books like Crewel, apparently.

I don’t find too many series that I actually like enough to follow. Sure, I’ll read the first book of a series and maybe like it, but more often than not I usually move on and just not bother picking up the second or third book. BUT, a really big but, I’m thrilled with Crewel and am currently, desperately glancing at the second book as I type. My curiosity has been caught.

Crewel is no simple tale. It’s so different, in the good way. There are the usual things, of course, like the sorta love triangle, guy-in-love-with-practically-a-stranger-mc, and the ‘specialness’ of Adelice. I could overlook them because the actual story is front and center, most importantly interesting and fresh.

I can’t do this book justice, but I can’t seem to write a clear review when I really like a book. So if you haven’t read Crewel, consider adding it to your to-read list. ( )
  CinaChilders | Jan 8, 2015 |
There were only a very few parts that I actually enjoyed of this book the others parts I was so confused and understood nothing. The wold building with all the weave technology was frustrating just never explained in a way that I could follow. The ending however left me with hope that we have perhaps "left" that confusion behind so I plan to go to the next book and we shall see. ( )
  justablondemoment | Nov 2, 2014 |
Not horrible, but not spectacular either. Maybe its just a little too abstract for me. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
Bang of a start, fizzled thru the middle and ends in a rush.

In Crewel women are objectified and treated as less than second class citizens. The Guild (run by men of course) is in ultimate control and they dictate the lives of everyone in Arras down to the seemingly smallest details. This is a world where women called spinsters control the fabric of reality, and can weave this fabric to change things however the Guild directs them. Adelice has this power and is roughly thrown into the Spinsterhood. She slipped up during her testing and was unable to hide her abilities.

The premise was so extraordinarily unique and I was caught up in the beginning with the adrenaline rush of her capture and the question of her family’s survival. What starts off fast paced understandably slows down quite a bit once she is in the Coventry. My interest seemed to teeter out when it came to the constant talk about cosmetics and clothes. I did like the personalities of the two male love interests Jost and Erik. They have traits that would definitely appeal to any young girl.

Gennifer Albin sure did try to pack Crewel full of “issues.” Sexual discrimination, underage drinking, LGBT, and suicide, and some really pervy old men.

Currently, I’m in between a “eh” and a “meh” on how how much I enjoyed the overall reading experience. There were a few things that were too obvious, or too convenient, and others that I just thought were a bit of a stretch to be believable. I still have hopes for the next one, considering how Crewel ended, I’m very excited to see what happens in this world from here.

On a very positive note the narration of the audio book was excellent. She had such a wonderfully subtle way of changing her voice to each character, I hope I run across her again as a narrator.
  Pabkins | Jun 24, 2014 |
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Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.

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