Well, what can I say about Crewel
, by Gennifer Albin …I tried to convince myself that is a good novel, and it is, but it didn’t work that well for me.
The beginning of the story startled me. Into a dystopian society, Arras is a world “controlled” by women through the threads they can manipulate. (This is original.) In fact, like in all dystopian societies, the world is closely controlled by the government. The citizen of it are tightly monitored, marriage options are limited,and also the number of children.
The main character, Adelice, has the ability to weave, even without a loom, from a young age when she could not even comprehend what weaving means. Her ability is highly requested among the citizens of Arras.
The women of Arras are shadowed. They must look good, wearing heels and make-up all the time, good dressed, they have only secretarial jobs, no important positions or power, and they cannot travel without a man. Spinisters on the other hand, the ones that can weave, must remain pure and keep a high standard when appear in public. Of course, there is a love triangle that I cannot say that I like or dislike, even though for me personally, someone involved in a triangle denotes a weak personality, but again, this can be the result of a society where people are segregated by gender.
I like the novel to a point. I found that the last part of the novel let me down, but the ending is good and the author prepare the reader for the sequel, which I hope I like it better.
Overall, the novel is good. The way that the author describes the world is fantastic and provoking. I already recommend the book to my friends and I will keep doing that.