Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Crewel World #1 Crewel

This has been one of the best weeks of my reading history i'm getting to read all sorts of amazing books....that literally needs you to be present in both body and mind to understand what it is about.....Crewel was one such book. Presenting Crewel World #1 Crewel by Gennifer Albin.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

I am SPEECHLESS.....literally in awe of this book. This book....its much bigger than any other dystopia released to date. YOU ALL MARK MY WORDS....CREWEL WORLD is much more than the HUNGER GAMES EVER WAS....MARK MY WORDS ALL OF YOU!! (Also i read the Faber and Faber imprint of the book but i'm using the US cover because I like this one much better than that).

OK! You all saw me up there in the above paragraph....many of you are thinking I'm just exaggerating but i'm not.....it really is bigger, better and more dangerous than THG...Come on having the power to control time and matter, the ability to alter or raze entire space and time to put rebels to stop in an instant...that is much more dangerous than pitting children against each other in a murderous game.

Fascinatingly crafted and extremely fresh out of the box...this is the story of Aras, a world under the jurisdiction of the Guild. A ministry of sorts, the ruling party. Going so far as to rule over every aspects of life....over the seams of time. That is what the Coventry exists for. (GOD this is another book that is so good that i'm finding it very hard to review....but i'll try and hope you all are with me). The Coventry controls the fabrics of time and matter, a group of spinsters...working the looms, weaving the strands of time and matter around them. Everything in their hands, each life, each element....if they are commanded to remove something or someone....remove entire towns....all they need to do is to cut the string and it happens.....and there is no going back from there. The assailant (against the government) can make all the noises they want....but at the end they just stand by, unable to do anything.

This is the story of Adelice....chosen by the Guild during the testing period to serve Aras as a spinster at the Coventry but under the severe tutelage of her parents...she rebels from the start.....pushed into a world she barely understood, a dangerous world....at every turn facing for her instant death or the threat of losing her only family forces her to somewhat submit. The Spinsters, it seems are the actual rulers, wielding the power of time but Adelice soon understands that it is the deceptive and manipulative men, the Guild rulers who are the real threat. But Aras is built upon secrets, secrets that have the power to shake its foundation.....and as the noose tightens around Adelice to submit to the Guild fully, she must find her footing before she becomes the perfect marionette. Dancing to the wimp of the Guild and loose all she holds dear.

Again I say Gennifer Albin has left me speechless. The level of creativity, the perfectly astounding world building, the narrative and the idea to use Crewel work (a form of embroidery) as the way the spinsters control the elements around them. Now a story it seems is always incomplete without romance, but while a love triangle begins to form it takes a back seat and instead focuses on Adelice getting her baring. I definitely liked the evident growth of Adelice as a strong character throughout it all. At first she rebels.....that's all does but as the story progresses she learns the know-how of the world and turns out to be a decisive heroine worthy of consideration.

It is actually very interesting how the authors are constantly pushing the boundaries of this genre with their heightened imagination always coming out with such new and fresh ideas that have never been attempted before. Time and matter are the basic building blocks of life....control over them may well translate into it being the ultimate form of dystopia, no free will, never knowing what may happen to you the minute you start having conflicting thoughts. I absolutely loved it. While there is no news of the name of the next book.....but seeing the explosive ending of this book.....i'm definitely creweling with anticipation about what danger it would bring.....I definitely want to see this book made in a movie.

"Truly, bigger, better and much more dangerous  than the Hunger Games" 

Genre :      Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia

Publisher: Faber and Faber

My Copy Publisher and Netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)


  1. That sounds like an awesome novel. It seems like we have heaps of novels in common - most of the things you review are ones that I think I would like also.

  2. Wow, Crewel sounds mindblowingly amazing! Weaving time is so creative :O I totally agree with you on how authors push the boundaries of the dystopian genre and come up with new amazing ideas all the time. But, this one sounds like the most unique one I've heard, by far.

    And I'm back in the blogosphere after my exams :D This book sounds like just the one I need to get me back into the mood of reading ;)

  3. Well, this sounds like a really great book.
    I have read many reviews but nothing like yours. This is making me jump at my chance to get it.
    I love the US cover, by the way. It's gorgeous.
    I hope that I will be able to get this in print, sometime.
    LOVED your review, Aparajita!
    Your constant reader,

  4. It sounds like this is maybe inspired by the Greek goddesses the Fates. Intriguing.

  5. Great review! I was really impressed with the world here too. The whole concept of weaving blew my mind - in a good way! :D

  6. This sounds awesome. Crewel is definitely on my TBR list, but I think I'll be raising it up a couple of notches to read it ASAP :) Wonderful review.

  7. I'm seeing a lot of positive reviews for this book. Your review is great, now I am interested to read and find out more. :D



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