Thursday, January 2, 2014

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Genre:  YA Dystopian Fantasy
Crewel World, Book 1

Description (taken from Gennifer Albin's website):
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.

What a weird world.  One I want no part of.  But I certainly want to read about it.

Adelice has an average family in an average town.  An average town where everything is created by the Guild.  Gifted girls work the looms and weave materials into the world as well as alter the troubled parts of society.  Adelice's parents have taught their daughter to be wary of the Guild.  Because the corrupt exist in power.  But Adelice is gifted.  She has the power to work the looms and weave materials into the world.  And the Guild wants her desperately.  Once in the Guild, Adelice begins to learn more about the world she lives in.  She meets boys her age for the first time.  She learns more about her gifts and the people in control of the world.

I was captivated with this book from the beginning.  The world is so different.  Girls can weave things into the world to help those.  But instead of helping people, they're more focused on controlling people.  And the one aspect that bothered me: there were corrupt men in power.  Using this idea for a book is kind of old for me.  I know we live in a man's world where women have barely begun to have a say in it.  But why can't we deal with books where the women are corrupt?  Or why does it have to be based on gender?  And this rant could be stewing due to the fact that the last couple of books I read had this kind of theme (and I'm sick of it).  But back to the plot, it's good.  And that ending?  Oh my goodness!  I need the second one.  Need to know more now.

This is a good fantasy dystopian romance to pick up.  It'll hook you, believe me.

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