Author: Gennifer Albin
Series: Book One in the Crewel World Series
Published By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct. 16, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
It is so hard to write a review for a story that was so well told and so beautifully crafted that it leaves you speechless. Yet here I am trying to tell you about a book that I know I won't be able to do justice to.
I can't even fathom that this is Albin's debut novel because it was so well written. Truly this book is rich with imaginative detail and descriptions. You can see the beautiful colors of the weave and can imagine the cruelty of the Guild as you become immersed in Adelice's story and world.
I really don't know how else to describe this one without giving anything away other than this is the one book this year that you really don't want to miss out on. It has a little bit of it all, action, adventure, romance, fantasy, death, destruction, cruelty, heartache, hope, love and a dystopian feel to it like no other and above all, beautiful writing that will catapult you into Adelice, Jost, Erik, and Lorilel's world and make you not want to leave it.
With the way this one ended, I wouldn't even consider not picking up the next one.