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.
This book is very interesting and unique. It actually took me quite a bit of time to wrap my mind around it. Gennifer Albin has created a completely fresh world that will shock and surprise readers.
Crewel introduces us to Adelice, a teenage girl who has been hiding a terrible secret--she can weave, without the presence of a loom, and she accidentally reveals her secret at testing. Now the Guild will be coming for her, to take her away to become a Spinster and there's nothing that she can do about.
As Adelice begins to learn the ins and the outs of the world she's been thrust into, she learns things that make her realize that the Guild is worst than she ever thought possible. Possible allies emerge and Adelice learns that she is set to inherit a very important role, a role that places her in great danger. Will Adelice manage to integrate into this world or will her independence and lack of faith in the way things are done lead her to a dangerous procedure--a procedure that can take everything from her forever?
By the end of this book, I could honestly say that I enjoyed it. But it did take me awhile to get there because this world is just so different, it took me awhile to really grasp all that was going on. Gennifer Albin has really created a unique and unusual world, a world where women are treated like second-class citizens and the men in power make choices that are all about control.
A host of characters are introduced, some readers will love, and some readers will hate. I am very interested to see where this series goes next. I wasn't loving this book in the beginning and actually had a hard time reading it. Meaning, I was able to put it down and not go back to it which is rarely a good sign for me. But towards the end, things really started to come together and it got me engaged. I am highly looking forward to the next book and have a feeling that it will be even more enjoyable than this one ended up being in the end.
To form your own opinions, be sure to snag this one when it releases in October. Enjoy! And as always, Happy Reading! *XOXO*
Expected release date: October 16, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
*Thanks to ATWT for the ARC*