Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Published October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). CDN $10.99 kindle edition. (although I bought the hardcover at chapters for $6.99!)
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. (Goodreads excerpt)
Loved loved loved this book. I seem to have a thing for dystopian novels lately and I actually found this hardcover book at chapters for $6.99 cant believe my luck. It was incredibly inventive and creative. wickedly entertaining with engaging characters and lots of intrigue, drama, suspense and action….throw in a little love triangle of sorts and it is amazing!
I’m always worried about spoilers so I will be brief. The world created by Gennifer is amazing. I mean being able to manipulate the very fabric of time and space in the world is pure genius. The way she describes it feels like you are there with her. I loved the back story about how her parents tried to protect her and the twisted way society views everything. It has a moralistic feel to it without being preachy.
It ends on quite the cliffhanger and I’m not sure I will feel the same way with the next book since they change the premise of the story. I don’t want to give it away so I will leave it at that.
Creative, imaginative and thoroughly entertaining. 5 stars for me!