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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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Rating:****1/2
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Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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Well, now I want to learn how to knit.

Totally unique premise. I love the fiery female lead and the inventiveness of the story. Yeah, the romance plot was a little predictable, but still a pretty good read. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

My Review: Imagine living in a world where everything is perfectly weaved together. Everyone lives in sectors of this utopia, some segregation occurs, and everything is planned from the very beginning. Unless of course, you turn out to be a spinster, a girl with special abilities to work on the weave of the world. Then you're torn away from your family and taken to a lush place filled with things you wouldn't dream of having as a normal citizen, eating your rations. Doesn't that sound great? Sure, until you think about the fact that not everything can be controlled, and some of the people running the show are dysfunctional. Nothing is what it seems to be. This book was a roller coaster from the very beginning, and I absolutely loved every bit of it. Adelice is a very strong and well put together character, and the world she lives in is well thought out, or even perfectly put together, if you will. I was sucked in from the very first page, and the cover is really pretty. It really suits the story. I haven't read anything like this specific dystopia before, and that's just another huge perk to this book. Honestly, there weren't very many cons (if any) to this book in my opinion, and even the background characters are strong and lifelike, the story is exciting, and the world it's in is well crafted (ha ha). I definitely will be reading the next book in the series, and if you haven't already you should check out this book! Thanks for reading.

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  aurora.schnarr | Feb 1, 2016 |
This book is a great example of science fiction world building; it is explicitly detailed with interesting and well-developed characters. The way the world is woven by Spinsters and the Creweler who have the ability to control farming, weather, and even life and death is vivid and imaginative. At times it was hard to understand how people live within the weave, but I managed through. Adelice’s character is part of a love triangle popular in YA fiction that helps propel the plot. There is a gruff valet, another Spinster’s striking assistant, and she is also being toted around Arras on the arm of a powerful official. This world is all about control, from the perfectly detailed weave, to when couples marry and have children, to when a person dies. The book has a very interesting ending and I will definitely read the sequel when it comes out. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book is a great example of science fiction world building; it is explicitly detailed with interesting and well-developed characters. The way the world is woven by Spinsters and the Creweler who have the ability to control farming, weather, and even life and death is vivid and imaginative. At times it was hard to understand how people live within the weave, but I managed through. Adelice’s character is part of a love triangle popular in YA fiction that helps propel the plot. There is a gruff valet, another Spinster’s striking assistant, and she is also being toted around Arras on the arm of a powerful official. This world is all about control, from the perfectly detailed weave, to when couples marry and have children, to when a person dies. The book has a very interesting ending and I will definitely read the sequel when it comes out. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book is a great example of science fiction world building; it is explicitly detailed with interesting and well-developed characters. The way the world is woven by Spinsters and the Creweler who have the ability to control farming, weather, and even life and death is vivid and imaginative. At times it was hard to understand how people live within the weave, but I managed through. Adelice’s character is part of a love triangle popular in YA fiction that helps propel the plot. There is a gruff valet, another Spinster’s striking assistant, and she is also being toted around Arras on the arm of a powerful official. This world is all about control, from the perfectly detailed weave, to when couples marry and have children, to when a person dies. The book has a very interesting ending and I will definitely read the sequel when it comes out. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
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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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