Crewel

Crewel

Book - 2012
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Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374316440
0374316449
9780374316419
0374316414
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Albin, G 100.1 2012
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_TIEGAN Jan 12, 2017

An interesting dystopian fantasy. Adelice lives in Arras, where girls are tested to be Spinsters - the best life a girl can hope for in a world run by men and women are not really allowed positions of power. Spinsters are able to work with the weave of the world, which makes them powerful. However, they are taken at the age of 16 and locked away in Coventries, where they will spend the rest of their lives, unable to marry and unable to ever see their families again. Not every girl taken becomes a Spinster, but once they have been taken they are guaranteed a place at the Coventry, because once they know some of the secrets of the world it is too dangerous to allow them to return home.

Adelice is more powerful than most Spinsters and it is soon revealed that she will begin training to be the next Creweler - the most powerful person in Arras underneath the Guild. Once she begins this training, Adelice starts to learn more secrets about the world and does not believe she can live with the Guild's rules. With her friends - Enora, Valery, Jost, and Erik - Adelice learns more of the truth and inadvertently joins a revolution.

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alyssasung
Jul 02, 2015

I really enjoyed the unique plot and setting of the story. Very engaging!

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jomac_05
Jul 26, 2014

Everything is not what it seems. Following Adelice's adventure through the Nitty Gritty is just what I needed. I was getting tired of "Love Me, Love Me Not" Vampires.

JCLStefanieE Feb 08, 2014

I know we all have a bit of dystopia-fatigue at this point and Crewel does follow some stereotypical plot points - its contents include a love triangle and a teen girl forced into saving the world by changing it. However, Crewel is full of intricate story threads (pun intended) and some genuinely awesome plot-twist surprises. Not since "The Handmaid's Tale" have I been so disgusted and challenged by a dystopian society. Crewel is a feminist allegory which takes place in a world where women are the talent and the pawns in a patriarchal oligarchy. This enthralling dystopian series is epic in depth without becoming so heavy that it is no longer enjoyable. If you love Teen lit with a bit of romance and adventure and a lot of brains, I highly recommend giving this series a go.

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dprodrig
Dec 13, 2013

A distopia without vampires, werewolves, or other creatures? Already I was engaged. A really interesting look at what happens when men use women to create a world out of nothing, and then slowly, over decades start to erase and control people and the very fabric of life. The end is brilliant. What other world have they fallen into? What will happen to all those left behind in the repository?

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SophieNagyfej
Oct 08, 2013

I couldn't get through this book. I just felt like it was the same typical teen dystopia that's so popular right now.

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emilyswartzer
Sep 10, 2013

Adelice is a Spinster and her parents have known it for years, but have tried their hardest to hide it. To most girls, being a Spinster is their dream, but to Adelice it would be everything she has hoped to escape. Once you are chosen, you never come back to your family. You will never see them again. Once she turns sixteen, Adelice will be eligible for Testing. She tells all her lies, then messes up. She makes a mistake. One she gets back, they celebrate, but they come to take her away. Her parents try to smuggle her out through a passageway, but the guards find her. Adelice is taken to the Coventry where she learns many things. While on tour, she meets Loricel, Arras's only Creweler who tells her that she too is a Creweler and will be her replacement. She will have the power to give and take life. The power to destroy and build. She will be the most important. As she learns to harness her powers, Adelice will learn the power of love and so much more on her journey.

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XIAOYAN XU
Aug 16, 2013

*Major Spoilers Ahead* I thought this book would be a great read, with the interesting summary and overall looks. It sounded pretty unique. Spinsters? Futuristic world? My favorite genres are fantasy and sci-fi. But then I realized the plot moved MUCH too slow! I was through half the book before (SPOILER ALERT) Adelice was through her first or second day at the Coventry. Also, there are barely any other characters relevant in the story besides those revolving around the main character--how come no one else besides Adelice and her friend Pryanna questioned the Guild while they were in training? How come no other Eligibles advanced as quickly as Pryanna? She didn't have special practice or talents so that's highly improbable. The author depicts all the other insignificant girls as dim-witted idiots. How come the only main male characters (besides Cormac) introduced are the ones Adelice likes? And I can't believe that the only studios at the Coventry are ones controlling food, weather, pregnancy, and Crewel work. Is that all to the Arras society? What about education, traffic, designing, habitat, architecture, entertainment? This book was very disappointing. I don't recommend it.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Crewel is a play on words, so I wanted to read it. Plus, the world-concept is rather cool, likening Fate to the threads on a loom. Very Clothos, Atropos, and Lachesis. Unfortunately, Albin misses the mark in so many aspects of the novel. The larger concept- that time and memory and lives can be manipulated- is almost an incidental background concept, and I was distracted by my disbelief that women with this kind of power could be under the heel of a dozen men. Whom we never meet. I mean, I'm all for dystopian society concepts and all, but don't present me with a world in which women are downtrodden, manipulated, and treated as second-class citizens, and then prove them all to be idiot sheep who are passive, shallow, and all think alike. In short, I did not enjoy Crewel and was cruelly disappointed at its shoddy world-building, especially given such a nifty concept. And also at its poor characterization and pandering to established YA tropes without having its own voice. Skip this one.

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AngGar117
Aug 04, 2013

This is a great book. I recommend this. If you like a touch of sci-fi, then this is one you can set back and enjoy.

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KristiBernard
Oct 26, 2013

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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