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Crewel by [Albin, Gennifer]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Advance praise for "Crewel" "Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" --Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of "Starcrossed" "I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." --Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy


"Albin spins an intriguing dystopian world..."--"Booklist" Advance praise for "Crewel" "Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" --Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of "Starcrossed" "I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." --Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy


"Captivating and intense, Albin's intricate debut has the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama to keep readers' attention; Adelice's media- and appearance-focused society is reminiscent of the Capital in The Hunger Games, though this story's violence is more cerebral and remote. The plot races along to an unexpected conclusion, setting up the next book in this planned series." --"Publishers Weekly" "Albin spins an intriguing dystopian world..."--"Booklist" Advance praise for "Crewel" "Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" --Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of "Starcrossed" "I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." --Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy


"An interesting world." -- "School Library Journal""" "Captivating and intense, Albin's intricate debut has the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama to keep readers' attention; Adelice's media- and appearance-focused society is reminiscent of the Capital in The Hunger Games, though this story's violence is more cerebral and remote. The plot races along to an unexpected conclusion, setting up the next book in this planned series." --"Publishers Weekly" "Albin spins an intriguing dystopian world..."--"Booklist" Advance praise for "Crewel" "Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" --Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of "Starcrossed" "I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." --Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy
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Praise for "Crewel" "The halls of Coventry are dark and twisted places readers will want to visit." --"The New York Times Book Review""" "Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling!" --Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of "Starcrossed" "I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read." --Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy"" ""Crewel is a book about romance, knowing who to trust, and destiny." --Seventeen.com "The next big YA thing-to-come." --The Atlantic Wire "An incredibly interesting mix." --Hypable.com "Unusual, brilliant." --MTV's The FabLife.com "If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel." --Redbook.com "The next big dystopian blockbuster." --"Booklist" "Captivating and intense, the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama." --"Publishers Weekly""" "Aspects of Crewel bring comparisons to "The Hunger Games." -- VOYA"

The halls of Coventry are dark and twisted places readers will want to visit. "The New York Times Book Review"

Albin has created a unique world that is as fascinating as it is frightening. Absolutely thrilling! "Josephine Angelini, bestselling author of Starcrossed"

I love how time in Crewel is a physical, shimmering line that can be touched and woven into a pocket of safety in a lethal world. Original, artistic, layered, and nimble, Albin's novel is a compelling read. "Caragh O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy"

Crewel is a book about romance, knowing who to trust, and destiny. "Seventeen.com"

The next big YA thing-to-come. "The Atlantic Wire"

An incredibly interesting mix. "Hypable.com"

Unusual, brilliant. "MTV's The FabLife.com"

If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel. "Redbook.com"

The next big dystopian blockbuster. "Booklist"

Captivating and intense, the right balance of mystery, romance, and drama. "Publishers Weekly"

Aspects of "Crewel" bring comparisons to "The Hunger Games." "VOYA""

Book Description

Crewel - the first in the Crewel Trilogy by Gennifer Albin - is an original novel for young adults set in the dystopian world of Arras.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374316414
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LQE4OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Summary - Crewel is the story of Adelice, a 16 year old girl that has the ability to weave time and matter, a fantastic talent, yet in Adelice's world that power makes you a spinster, and despite the spinster life calling to Adelice (comfort, luxury, security), her parents train her every day to ensure she keeps her talent a secret at the compulsory testing age 16. But Adelice lets ego get the better of her, and wants to prove to the other girls on the testing that she CAN weave, and makes a tiny mistake resulting in her being revealed as a very powerful spinster. Her parents try to help her run, but fail, and Crewel is the story of Adelice's journey into the spinster world, where nothing is black and white, few can be trusted and she learns exactly what she can, and can't, do with her powers. Adelice is extremely talented and its not long before she is noticed for all the wrong reasons, by her superiors, the Creweler (the boss, really) and the ambassador. Adelice finds out the secrets of her world, and faces a choice that will rock that world, one way or another.

Ok, so here's a book which is loved by many of my friends, followers, GR buddies etc. I am going against the grain with my 3 stars, and even more so when I admit to considering making it a 2.5.

Heres why:

Well firstly there is the cover, I was really drawn to the cover above, its so pretty, it was even on my `best covers' list. Yet when the book arrives I get the boring old UK cover (below) with a plain, yet individual girl on it. I HATE it when books have a character on the cover that is anything other than ordinary, it puts a picture into your mind for the character, rather than letting you build your own.
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INITIAL THOUGHTS
So i'm Looking forward to a dystopian. . . . I can't stay away from my favourite genre for long! Not sure what to expect. . . . I have had this one for a while and then sort of forgotten I had it, and rediscovered it quite recently after reading The Department Of Alterations novella, and being intrigued by the world that novella was set in. So I'm really looking forward to learning more about the dystopian world and the rules and regulations as well as meeting the characters within that world too. Will it be like The Registry Series by Shannon Stoker or The Chemical Garden by Lauren De Stefano?

MY REVIEW
I have an e-copy of this one from ages ago, that I thought I'd lost when I had a problem with my kindle, but recently managed to retrieve it somehow. I also managed to purchase an e-copy of this one from Amazon UK too. As I've done a separate feature about the various covers for this book, I will go straight into my review of the book.
The main character in this book is Adelice, at the beginning of the book she is living with her family, which consists of her mother, father and younger sister Amie. They all live together in the medium sized home they were allocated on the girls side of town in Romen, an area in Arras. The families with male children live on the boys side of town. So males and females are segregated until the age of 16 yrs old when the girls are tested to see if they have the special gift which enables her to become a Spinster and serve Arras. Adelice's parents have tried to teach her to fail the tests but it's hard for Adelice to concentrate on the da of the test and she accidentally does something which tips the testers off to the fact that she would make not just a good Spinster but a remarkable one.
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By far the best thing about this book is its unusual premise. Like some sort of cross between the Fates of classical mythology and the Matrix, the world is made up of invisible threads that can be sewn and altered by the Spinsters, women with magical powers who are selected from amongst the general populace and live a life of both luxury and difficult decisions. The world is run by the Guild, an all-male cabal who use the Spinster’s powers to utterly control everything that goes on in the world, by having them cut out any “undesirable” elements.

Once you get past this interesting set-up, however, you’re basically left with a fairly standard Hunger Games-esque dystopia. All the elements you’ve come to expect – girl with special abilities who is plucked from obscurity, love triangle, glamorous assistant, bitchy rival – are present and correct. They are done competently enough, but nothing here really caught my imagination or seemed particularly new. I liked the heroine, who was a realistic mixture of strong but vulnerable, but neither of the two boys really grabbed me, and with the exception of the delightfully sinister main villain from the Guild, the rest of the supporting cast’s actions often seemed to make little sense.

There were two main redeeming factors for me. Firstly, the interesting treatment of gender (and to a lesser extent, LGBT) politics. The world of the book is a patriarchy in the truest sense, with women officially second class citizens, with very limited choices in life. This was contrasted nicely with the way the Spinsters seemed to have power, but were ultimately just as subservient to the Guild as any other woman.
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