Book Review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Title: Crewel

Author: Gennifer Albin

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Release Date: October 16th, 2012

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.

Summary from

My Review: I read the summary for this book and it sounded interesting, but does not really give a lot of information about the book itself and that made me very curious. After reading Crewel, I can understand why the summary is so vague. There is no way to sum this book up into just a few sentences without giving too much away. I am struggling now to write this review without giving away information that will spoil this story. It was truly an entrancing world that I was completely absorbed in from start to finish.

When I first entered the world of Crewel, I was confused for the first couple of chapters because I needed to acclimate to how Arras worked and what exactly everyone’s role in it was, Once I finally settled in though, I was captivated. Gennifer has created a completely unique world and I can honestly say I have never read anything like Crewel before.

In Crewel, we follow Adelice, a young girl who has been chosen to become a Spinster. In her world it is considered to be an honor, but Adelice views it as a punishment and after seeing what they endure I can understand why. When she starts training and the truth about what Spinsters do starts to slip out, Adelice observes this about her peers:

“No one asks any questions. They bob their heads in synchronized conformity as though why we are being asked to do these things is trivial. All that matters is doing what the Guild asks us, because they say it is important.”

These sentences had the most impact on me when trying to define this world. Arras is a world built on lies covered up by deceitful, powerful people who like to keep the general public in the dark about how their world truly works. Adelice has always known something was off about Arras, but she never imagined how deep the lies go as she slowly peels back all the layers to reveal how cruel the world around her as become.

The only part of the book I could have down without is the love triangle. They seem to be turning up more and more in young adult literature and I really don’t like them. Especially when there is clearly one person that Adelice is going to end up with and the other guy is there just to add stress to the main relationship. I was glad to see that the guy I liked more ended up being the one Adelice chose too, but Crewel would have still been a wonderful read without the tension of the love triangle.

There is not a whole lot more I can saw without giving the plot away and I don’t want to do that. The best part of this book is uncovering the true purpose of Arras and the Spinsters for yourself. Crewel takes place in a unique world and is a stand out debut novel in the young adult world. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself so you can become as mesmerized with this world as I have become.

FTC: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


One response to “Book Review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin

  1. Pingback: Mini Review: Crewel (Gennifer Albin) | studentspyglass

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