Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Review - No Spoilers
If I had to describe this book in a couple of words it would be weird, intriguing and new. When I say new I'm referring to the concept because it's definitely not a subject that has been done before. Of course it had common themes that you see in many dystopians, the 'Controlling Government' that we see in many books nowadays but it still was original.
Still, even after I have finished it, I can't quite fully understand what Spinsters do. For those who skipped the summary, (probably every one of you) in this novel, some women have the ability to weave the fabric of the world. I found it quite hard to get into the feel of this new world the author had created because it was very confusing yet I couldn't stop turning the pages. I think it was the confusingess (I know it's not word but it is now!) that made me intrigued and want to find out more. This is one of those difficult books where you can't decide whether you liked it or not even after finishing it.
The main character Adelice annoyed me greatly. She sometimes has no filter on her mouth and she sometimes tend to just say things without thinking but I think the author wanted to create the character like that. But I can also view her as a strong heroine because a lot of traumatic things happened to her in a short space of time. She had some nice witty comments and I loved her sarcasm.There was romance in this book but I just felt like it came out of no where and there was no chemistry between the love interest. There was no build up of emotions and there was also a little love triangle forming that I thought was completely unnecessary.
My conflicting emotions:
I felt like throughout the whole novel there was just this build up of tension and I was more than half way through the book and still nothing exciting had happened which annoyed me. It felt like there was all this built up of tension and suspense all for nothing and right at the moment where I thought something big happened nothing really happened. I could just see the book ending in a completely different way that would have still made it to continue on. It was a bit of a disappointment but I think my curiosity to see how it all ends will get the better of me so may continue on with the series.
Overall this was an interesting read. The concept was really unusual and I don't know whether I could call it science fiction or dystopian, it was a bit of both. It's definitely not a book for everyone but I do recommend it to you so next time you see it in your library you should give it a go.
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