Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: Crewel

Synopsis: 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.

My Review: I really didn't know what to expect going into this.  From the synopsis I couldn't really grasp if this was AU or some earth universe with some added magic.  Nonetheless, I was pretty intrigued by the whole concept.     

Adelice Lewys has always been taught to hide her abilities.  Her parents always impressed upon her the danger of the Guild and that the promises of glitz and glamour were not all they appeared to be. Yet when the time came where it mattered most to hide her skill, she couldn't help but do the forbidden; weave the very fabric of the world.  Adelice is ripped from everything she has ever known and thrown into the world of the Guild, where you either play by the rules or you die.  

The whole world was just amazing.  You know the analogy for space/time in physics?  Where space/time is this blanket?  This is basically the same analogy for this world.  Time and matter can be manipulated by women called Spinsters who can see the fabric of the very life around them.  They can weave it, manipulate it, and even rip it if necessary and they are all controlled by the Guild.  Most girls would kill for a chance to be a Spinster.  With the title comes clothes, balls, and the chance to be someone worth envy.  In this world the only thing women are considered good for are being secretaries.  It's like taking a huge leap back to the 20's mindset of women in the workplace.  That's why being a Spinster is so desired.  But of course the Spinsters are all controlled by the Guild who of course are all men.  

Adelice of course doesn't fall into the stereotype.  She's independent and has a mind of her own and won't let the Guild use her as their own personal puppet.  Her attitude is what so endeared her to me.  She was determined and yet cared deeply for her friend's well being.  No matter what the Guild does to her, she doesn't let them use her and her skills.  

And of course there's a bit of romance thrown in! While there were two guys in the story, there was really no competition between them, which I was soooo thankful for.  It would have just ruined it if it had turned into a legitimate love triangle.  And I really, really, REALLY liked the love interest.  He was just the most endearing guy.  There was a lot more than the sarcastic shell he projected.  And really it was his past that made him so different and consequently why I enjoyed his character so much.  

And oh boy the plot twist really kind of got me.  Okay well I guess there was kind of two of them; one of which I guessed way ahead in the story.   Throughout the entire book I was thinking this was an AU story.  Turns out, Earth is still kicking.  I'm really intrigued by how the author is going to explain the science of all this, because that's what weaving is; based on science.  And boy was that ending intense! And of course I'm dying for the sequel already.  

Overall I was just extremely impressed by the ingenuity and world building that went into this.  A very cool concept.  I'm eager for the next book!