October 06, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin Review

Crewel World #1
Gennifer Albin
Publication date October 18th 2012
Faber and Faber, 368 pages
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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.

- Goodreads.com description

"You've put as in an impossible situation."
"Not impossible," I say lightly. "Just challenging. 
Nothing is impossible for a Creweler."
"Except reality," she reminds me. 
"Except reality," I echo. I'm not sure what she means, 
but I know it's important.

Oh. My. Freaking. God. These kind of book reminds me again and again why I love reading so so much. This book was fantastic, fabulous, amazing and I am struggling to find every possible positive adjective out there to describe just how incredibly good this book is.

It's a science fiction plus some dystopian characteristics. The author created a world where time can be manipulated and reality isn't really reality. Or is it? Time threads are spread in  golden bands of light that a Spinster can weave and create a different reality or capture a precise moment and manipulate it. Amazing, huh?

The society they live in isn't so good, though. They live in a world named Arras. Everything in Arras is about control. They tell them it's because this system provides safety, but in truth it's about control of all the people that live within it. Men are in power and women are put at their mercy. They are divided in two groups - one that is being a wife and take care of the husband and children - and the others are Spinsters. They are not allowed to marry. They are responsible for Arras's world to function properly. 

Adelice. Such an amazing and lovable character! She is completely awesome. Her sarcasm is beyond hilarious and after all the tragedy she is put trough, she still keeps fighting. She still has hope and strength to go on. She grows a lot in this book and it was fairly easy to connect with her. 

The story was so compelling that I couldn't put the book down. Crewel is a roller coaster of emotions, filled with action, romance, loss, tragedy, hope and so much more. So, if you're searching for a book that has all these characteristics, Crewel is the perfect book for you! It will change your view of the world forever ;) 

In the dark, I can't hide the only thing I can finally see. I didn't want to see the treason in their action. I ignored the implications of their words and heard what I needed to hear to feel safe, not what they were actually telling me. And now I've lost my chance to know my parents. All I can do is fit together the pieces they left behind in my memory.

A thousand tiny pieces of shattered hope tug together in my chest.

I erase and rebuild the world in my sleep, and in the morning I try to remember how to rebuild myself. Every day I wonder how I can go back to the loom. Can I keep weaving now that I know?

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