By: Gennifer Albin
Adelice has been trained by her parents to hide her weaving abilities. They know that if she is identified as a Spinster, she will be taken away and she will be cut off from her family. Being chosen as a spinster brings wealth, prestige and power. Adelice is discovered (of course), and taken to be trained as a spinster.
I've been lusting after Crewel for some time. Maybe it was the cover. Or maybe it was the clever use of spinster and just an overall imaginative concept. Either way, I was excited to get a copy at BEA, and polished it off in just a sitting or two on a business trip.
What we have in Crewel is a smartly imaginative science fiction-fantasy-dystopian hodgepodge that was delightful to read.
While I loved much of it, Crewel was not without its flaws. I must say that even though the beginning sequences are compelling and interesting, I would have liked to see a little more tie-in with the rest of the book. I always get a little indignant when characters are not told very important information (like exactly why she should hide that she's a talented weaver). It might just be me, but that information would be pretty important.
But, Adelice is a great character; I'd be happy to be in her corner. She's not particularly tough or vapid. She just is who she is. Which, at first is a tad naive (thanks to her parents and societal upbringing), but catches on quickly, which I admire greatly.
Ultimately, my favorite part was the language usage. I loved the vocabulary and jargon that Gennifer has twisted and recreated in a dystopian setting. Very cool and imaginative, and not at all fake or overdone.
So, add Crewel to the list of series that I'll be anxiously engaged in following.