CREWEL (Crewel #1) by Ginnifer Albin
368 pages, hardcover
Available October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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 as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. 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 wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight. 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 stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
Ooh, I really liked this one. This world is so incredibly intricate, each thread woven tightly together to create this second plane, its own little world. See all those threads on the cover? Yep. That's what makes up this world. Each person, each land, every town, and it's all manipulated by the Spinsters and the Guild.
Control. That's what's at the heart of this story. The Guild, made up exclusively of men, wants to maintain control of the people of Arras and of the Spinsters and they'll do just about anything to keep that control in their power. Unfortunately for the boys, women are the ones with the power to spin the entire world into (or out of) creation.
Adelice is one of those with the power and, of course, those power-hungry boys will do anything to make her do what they want up to and including killing everyone she loves. She's quite naive, having grown up in a segregated neighborhood (no pesky boys anywhere near the sweet, innocent girls), and indoctrinated by the teachings the Guild allows. Still, her parents raised her to be suspicious and, after what happened when she was taken, she's unwilling to sit back and take things at face value. Her sass gets her in serious trouble and, along with her innate talents, brings unwanted attention.
Sadly, there is the ubiquitous love triangle, though it seems obvious who Adelice prefers. Guess more will be revealed in the next installment. A lot of the background is murky, especially in the beginning, but hang in there--it's more than worth it.
An excellent installment to the dystopian/fantasy genre, CREWEL will ensnare you in its rich tapestry and colorful, controlling world.
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