Review: ‘Crewel’ by Gennifer Albin

I received this book for free from bought in-store in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Crewel’ by Gennifer AlbinCrewel by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #1
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on October 1st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 362
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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, 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 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.

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This was another one that I had trouble liking. I know it was one of the most original concepts I’ve ever heard about but the execution was a little off. I was bored. That’s something I don’t like to be when I read so I thought it would start to get amazing in the end but it didn’t. I was so disappointed.. The originality is so unique. A world where you can wipe out people’s lives and buildings kind of like a game player was crazy and weird all at the same time.

I didn’t care so much about Adelice only because I couldn’t fully understand her. Why are the two guys falling for her? Only because of her beauty? I felt that her personality wasn’t as strong as most dystopian heroines. She lacked likability and that’s something I’ve always looked for in main characters. I didn’t understand why she wasn’t more ripped apart by her entire family being ripped apart. She didn’t like being dressed up like a doll yet did it anyway. I wanted to like her but just couldn’t.

World building is wholly thrust at the end and I didn’t like that. Mostly it could be done in the first hundred pages but maybe I’m just being picky. I might have to do a reread of this because maybe I missed some points, but with a character than unlikable it’ll be real hard to keep going.

If you like The Selection, be sure to grab this one! If you like dystopian novels like Divergent or Legend, don’t pick it up. It’s not truly a dystopian novel because I have no idea why they’re so downright terrifying in the first place..


With absolute power comes corruption. (11)
There’s always a before and after to everything since before humanity began and there’ll be an after to humans someday, too. (253)




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