Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Faber & Faber paperback edition book cover
by Gennifer Albin

Series: Crewel World #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi
Editions available: Hardback, paperback, Kindle, ebook, German
Date published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher/Netgalley

Summary (Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts:

I was SO happy when my request got accepted by the publisher, Faber & Faber, on Netgalley. Crewel was one of the books I've always been wanting to read. It has an interesting world building, interesting story and most of all, I've seen a lot of positive reviews in Goodreads (though I try not to read them that much so I won't get some spoilers). So let me thank you first, to the awesome publisher. And Netgalley, as well. :D

I have mixed feelings for Crewel. And I don't know how to manage them.

World building. I said above, it has a very interesting world building. Crewel world is a world where Crewelers weave fabrics. Fabrics of time, places and people. I've never read like this before. It's so much fun to read a book with a fresh idea. Very well-thought.

Main character. Adelice, the main character and the narrator of this book, is a nice, caring sister. But I don't know if a nice daughter. Because why would she break her parents' trust, if it's only for her own good? Didn't she know what will happen to her once she revealed herself? And then she becomes this hard-headed girl once she was brought in the Guild who doesn't want to do whatever they wanted her to do. I mean, of course, I, too, would never want to participate in a controlling world like that, but then again, if she knew what's up with them and didn't want to be part of it, why reveal herself in the first place?

She's a kind of girl who speaks her mind and does what she thinks is right. Sometimes I like her, sometimes I don't. And to feel this way on the main character--especially when the book is told in her perspective--makes me confused about what I feel about the book.

Love story. Another one. I can always tell who the gorgeous boy the protagonist will be with when she starts to describe the boy. Beautiful, soulful eyes, soft hair, rough but caring hands, etc. And it loses the thrill. I don't know, I just wanted to be always surprised, just because. (LOL)
I can also tell when there would be an another boy. 

Ending. Book series always tend to leave us hanging by the edge, don't they? And I should expect them. All the time. But I never learn my lesson. Albin put a show-stopping twist in Crewel's ending that makes me wondering and wondering what will happen next and how will they live, and too many whens, hows, whats and whos and never-ending questions. I'm pretty excited for the book two right now.

Overall. Even though I have some issues about the characters and love interests, I think Crewel is a really nice book. I really liked it. Such a good new world. Such a good book for Gennifer Albin's debut.

If you love dystopian novels! (Yay!) Someone who seeks for a fresh, new world. Why, I can also recommend this to weavers!

Alternate covers:

1st - Cover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
2nd - German edition


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