CrewelBook - 2013 | 1st Square Fish ed.
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 to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, wherethey 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 used her hidden talent for a moment. 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 jokes. One hour to pretend everything's okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they'll come for her.
Crewel is the first book in Gennifer Albin's gripping young adult series.
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Adelice Lewys has a gift, and not just any gift, but a gift that the political powers that be want and control. You see, Adelice is a Spinster who lives in Arras a world dictated by men. Arras is a place where The Guild transports food, assigns roles for men and women, they assign houses, and oversee the addition of new babies. The Guild controls the Spinsters. If you go against their rules they can weave you out of existence and have those that knew you vaguely remember you. A Spinster is someone who has weaving abilities that maintain and embellish the fabric that makes up the world. These gifted young women can change the course of the world, and life and they can also take it away.
Adelice has parents who want her to lead a normal life. They have trained her to fail the testing so that she can become a teacher or take on some other career. They want her to find a husband and have children. But, Adelice made a mistake during training, and as a result they will come for her in the night and she will never see her family again. Even still, this is not the worst of it. When they do come her father is killed, her mother is missing and the Guild has her sister.
Adelice is now faced with the cruel world and life of a Spinster. Even though they are treated well and taken care of she doesn't want any part of it. She is treated like scum by Cormac Patton, the Coventry Ambassador of the Guild of 12, along with Maela, a Spinster training and lover of snipping people out for fun. Adelice does encounter two young men Erik and Jost whom she becomes fond of and trusts. Her position doesn't allow her to really trust anyone because everyone is so loyal to the Guild for fear of death. Adelice has the ability to weave without a loom, and she is caught between finding out what happened to her family, weaving a new life or just letting the Guild snip her out of existence.
Albin has woven a masterful weavers tale, no pun intended. This story has family, warmth, love and a dastardly political edge. Albin's talent is obvious. She draws the reader in and places them right beside the character feeling every emotion that she does. The intricate detail of the life and world of this story are riveting and creative. This YA friendly read, is engaging and young readers will be able to identify with this coming of age story that incorporates the stubbornness of a teen and also the longing for knowledge.
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