Series: Crewel World

Crewel by Gennifer Albin: Review

Posted October 10, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 7 Comments

Crewel by Gennifer Albin: ReviewCrewel by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #1
Published by Macmillan on October 16, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Macmillan

I received this book for free from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Deadly SecretsTangled LiesWoven truths
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.

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.