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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Crewel by Gennifer Albin. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

It means privilege, eternal beauty, an Incapable. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. And one hour to escape.

Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Crewel World 1. Adelice Lewys Crewel. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Crewel , please sign up. Is there any kind of romantic relationships in this book? If so is there anything explicit more than kissing? Marisa there is one sex scene but you can barely count it as a sex scene. Marisa there is one sex scene and you can barely count it as a sex scene.

See all 7 questions about Crewel…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Crewel Crewel World, 1.

Sep 29, Kat Kennedy rated it did not like it Shelves: kat-s-book-reviews , apocalypse-rah , books-that-deserve-painful-death , just-plain-bad , kat-s-rants , sci-fi-alicious , to-ya-or-not-to-ya , oppressive-dystopian-regime. Drink anyone? Crewel is a post-apocalyptic dystopian world in which women are oppressed and tightly controlled. It is a world where matter and people can be weaved and stitched through special looms that Spinsters use. This should have been right up my alley.

Unfortunately, Crewel is a heavily character-based novel. Even the main character, whose head we live in, is so vague and two dimensional that any actions and emotions she displays felt disconnected from the reality of the novel.

This story, even in its most intense moments, was emotionless and the opposite of affecting. So far removed that you can see what the actors are doing but engaging in them or the story is impossible. However, most of these characters barely even have a role. Elanor as well, while having a slightly bigger role, is little more than a convenient plot device and represents one of the only semi-positively written female characters.

Her role is so tightly packed into being a convenient tell-machine for the narrator to pass information, and to resolve a later plot point that there is nothing else to her. The plot itself is a hot mess with no direction or focus. It flits around distractedly, trying to accomplish everything and achieving nothing. The main selling point of this novel is the weaving — which Adelice does almost none of since she spends more time making goo goo eyes are boys than she ever does interacting with women or doing the damn thing this book was named after.

This is made even worse when you consider the face that the romance in this book is justifiably scoff-worthy. Each boy barely fares better. They are just two more wooden puppets in a whole cast of wooden puppets. For a novel that is supposed to be about the struggles of women in a highly patriarchal world, this novel was dreadfully sexist. Readers can and should make a deal about the slut-shaming and complete lack of positive female characters. But then, I guess, one could also sweep that aside with justifications.

Because there are unpleasant and horrible women out there — because women are people, and people come in a mixed bag. And a society so entirely preoccupied with purity would result in citizens slut-shaming girls for acting outside of those bounds. So true. Put it this way: When comparing the relevance and representation given to male and female characters in relation to their contribution to the novel, what does it say about women?

Almost every single male character we meet is important. Cormac, Jost, Erik are the three big ones. People just doing their job. Only one male with a speaking role is depicted badly, which is a drunk, handsy official at a party — and he is still not portrayed worse than the woman trying to vie for his attention.

At least, the characters narrating the situation focus on how disgusting she is, while he only gets a passing mention. The only important women in this book are Adelice and the women who torment her. We are introduced to whole batches of women, who are immediately dismissed by the character and text as meaningless and valueless. Just simpering morons waiting to get mated. Even her own younger sister cares for little else.

It seems no one is as deep and thoughtful as Adelice. Then when she enters Coventry with a large group of her peers, they are immediately shown to be jealous and power-hungry, but ultimately completely inconsequential. What the menfolk are doing. The only exception to this rule, because it is a pattern repeated yet again when Adelice joins the Spinsters who are also cliquey and immediately dismissed from the narrative as pointless and worthless like the literally dozens of other women we meet, is Maela and Pryana.

Maela is a power-hungry psychopath and Pryana is a power-hungry, vicious, idiot. Both are stupid and extremely ineffective at what they do. She is the sole exception. Add to this the fact that the women in this novel all act inexplicably irrational. There is evil Cormac, and evil Maela and evil Pryana. You can depend on the evil women to be emotional, lashing out and sometimes hysterical. Behaviour that is never depicted in the men. For example, Maela asks Adelice to remove a strand from the weave.

Maele takes her scalpel and tears into the weave out of anger. So Pryana… blames Adelice?! Because that totally makes sense. And she spends the rest of the novel irrationally tormenting Adelice. Valery, similarly blames Adelice for things that are entirely out of her control. It is so manufactured and senseless that it made the novel ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as the fact that Adelice spent the novel entirely focused on boys.

You have a book that wants to say something about women, but ignores them in favor of focusing on men. That is really fucking sexist. So… Bugger this! Drink, anyone? View all 39 comments.


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All the hobby and craft stores should be featuring this book on the basis of its plot threads alone so to speak. These so-called benefits include the opportunity [sic] to wear makeup and clingy dresses with maximal exposure! And of course you know all the young girls grow up wishing they get selected, even without the influence of princess propaganda from Disney, who is not a part of this otherwise unfortunate universe. Also at that age they are assigned a role suitable for a female, like being a secretary to men, or a teacher to children. Or, that is: the Good of Man.


Crewel is a young adult dystopian fantasy novel by Gennifer Albin. The book is Albin's debut novel and is the first entry in her Crewel World trilogy. Crewel is a form of magical weaving. This marks her as someone that would be of interest to the people who run Arras, as the world is completely dependent on the Guild to manipulate the world and bring in food and good weather. The girls that show promise are taken away in the night and put to work weaving the world around them. Adelice's parents knew of Adelice's abilities and tried to hide her talents, only for Adelice to accidentally reveal them during the testing period. Her parents try to hide her, only for the Guild to attack the family, seemingly killing Adelice's parents and carting away her little sister.





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