Series: Crewel World #1
Publication Date: 18th October 2012
Book Source: Faber & Faber & NetGalley
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.
Creative is an understatement! This was such a brilliant, unusual concept, not the dystopian world as such, as it's typical of any dystopian society; controlling and oppressive but the premise of weaving time and matter. Spinsters weave the very fabric of life in Arras, everything that exists can be woven, ripped, manipulated, re-stitched but Spinsters are in turn controlled by the all powerful Guild.
The concept reminded me a little of the movie Wanted "Wesley is shown the Loom of Fate, a loom that gives the names of the targets through binary code hidden in weaving errors of the fabric." Think Wanted meets The Matrix meets The Selection ;)
The main protagonist Adelice was likeable and her smart mouth was entertaining but the love triangle between Adelice, Jost and Eric ... not so much but then I've a low tolerance for love triangles. Not that they don't happen or add something to the story when done well but I guess I'm still wondering what, if anything this one added?
That small gripe aside, along with a number of unanswered questions I found the whole weaving concept intriguing, particularly the don't annoy the powers that be or you'll find your thread pulled, mentality ... ahh as if that doesn't secretly appeal *evil grin*
A fascinating debut, I'll be keenly looking forward to the next installment in the Crewel trilogy.
I like both the UK and the US covers but if pushed to choose I think I'd have to go US. How 'bout you?