Tuesday, October 23, 2012

REVIEW: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Title: Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Pages: 360
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 4th October, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher (for 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.

 --Goodreads summary

While CREWEL isn't one of my favourite books of the year, it is one of the most original. I mean, weaving time? That is a pretty awesome concept. When the story begins, we learn that Adelice Lewys has been taught by her parents to hide her time-weaving abilities. Most girls her age would kill to be a Spinster, a woman who can manipulate the tapestry of life as we know it, but Adelice knows that the glamour of it all is not everything it appears to be.

Jost (a *love interest*) was by far my favourite character (although I wasn't a huge fan of the love triangle he was caught up in...*), but I won't lie, I think all of the characters were pretty well-developed, even some of ones who didn't have a huge role in the story. Adelice herself...I'm torn. I liked how Albin's writing gave her such a unique voice and made her a strong heroine, but sometimes she just came across like a little girl having a strop when she was probably supposed to look independent.

There was lots of points where I thought that the story couldn't possibly have worked, but then Albin came out and threw something crazy exciting at us and it made me want to shout "what you did there, I SEE IT" because it was so clever.

I think it was the world-building that made me lower my rating of this. I didn't really get it and I thought that some of it could've been a lot clearer. Same with the weaving-of-time itself. Whilst Gennifer Albin's writing was gorgeous, all I really pictured with the Spinster's doing their thing was like, glitter and thread and I don't think that makes sense, so you see my dilemma. I got the general idea of it, but I guess you could say I was like, blinded by the beauty of it, but didn't really get what I was being blinded by. I did however get totally creeped out by the idea that higher-beings could 'rip' out a whole section of the world of Arras, without anybody even remembering that they had ever existed. Like, woah.

Also, it took me SO LONG to read it. If you know me, you'll know I literally read book after book after book, and it usually takes me about two days to finish something, but this took me about a week. or, long enough for me to forget when I started it and LIE on Goodreads.

The story goes into issues such as politics, women's roles, sexuality, and segregation. It was all very interesting, particularly the segregation--some neighbourhoods are split into male and female, and families are only allowed to have either boy children, or girl children.-- and the purity code, which basically says that the Spinsters must keep a respectable image (i.e. dress nicely and wear make-up) and not have sex or forever be frowned-upon (read: lose their Powers).

CREWEL gave me a lot to think about, and a lot of words to drool over, but it was too slow-paced and didn't manage to keep me hooked until the second half-ish of the story. It also reminded me a lot THE SELECTION (Kiera Cass) and well, that's probably not so good. Nonetheless, I think you should read it, if only for the richness of the prose, and  we shall see about the next book.

*OH AND OH, I don't want to include spoilers, but I will link you to this fabulous person's review which has a 'spoiler' bit about a certain quote with Adelice and the third part of the love triangle which actually made me want to throw the book against the wall because SERIOUSLY WHAT IS UP WITH THAT WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY THAT OUT LOUD


1 comment:

  1. Hahaha that other person's review made me laugh :D Totally know what she means ;)


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