Author: Gennifer Albin.
Published: October 16th 2012.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374316414 (ISBN13: 9780374316419)
Sort: Part one of “Crewel World.”
Source: eARC from Netgalley & the publisher Faber & Faber.
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.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
“But someday my parents will explain what Spinsters really do - that no matter how good their intentions, with absolute power comes corruption.”
Adelice lives in the world of Arros, ruled by The Guild, the Spinsters and the Creweller. Becoming a Spinsters is the dream of every girl, but not for Adelice. Her parents trained her so she would fail at the test, but she made a mistake and now they are coming for her. She is forced to leave everything she knows and loves, like her little sister Amie, to become a Spinster.
Her treatment is different from the other Spinsters and she finds out that there is something going on. Cormac – one of the most powerful man – has a certain interest in her and she even gets to meet the Creweller. Things are spinning out of control when she meets Eric and Josten/Jost. She is trying to come up with a plan to escape, but when she is faced with a horrible future, there is only one thing she can do..
The idea of a world build upon another world by the hand of The Guild is fascinating. The Creweller provides the raw material, so the Spinsters can weave. They are in total control. From the weather to the amount of babies every family can get; your entirely life is in their hands. They can take your thread out of the weave if it becomes fragile - and within seconds you disappear into nothing. This all happens in a loom; a special machine that shows the threads.
You can see that the world-building was phenomenal, but I became slightly bored towards the end. I wished that there was more story than explanations about the world and weaving. All I really got was Adelice and her love-triangle (yes, unfortunately) with Eric and Jost, combined with a little bit of plotting for an escape. She started as a great character, but slowly I noticed little irritation points. For example: Josten just told her about his tragic story and all she can think of is:
“I cry because I'm a stupid girl who can't curb the jealousy and inferiority I feel towards Rozenn for getting him first.”
Really? He revealed an important piece of his life and this is the first you think of? I also questioned the fact that everybody admired her and her courage, but when you think of it, there is nothing brave about her. Oh well, the story was entertaining enough and the end makes me curious about the next book. It was very surprising and I didn’t see it coming.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts about it? And if you haven’t read it, are you going to?