Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Faber Children's Books, 2012. ISBN 9780571282890.
(Age: 12+) Recommended. Sixteen-year-old Adelice is a Spinster. This means she can weave time and matter, but she is more talented than most girls her age. Since a young age, her parents have forced her to hide her talent, because the girls who are best at weaving time and matter are taken from their families and forced to join The Guild, where they look after the day-to-day matters of the world. They live a secluded, lonely life and are never allowed to see their families again. Everyone at The Guild has secrets, but Adelice is about to uncover the deadliest one of all.
Crewell fits comfortably into the popular genre of teenage dystopian fiction. It has futuristic technology, an oppressive government and a whole differently styled world. It's fairly well-written, and the world and characters are well-developed, with a realistic, though fantasy style about them. Although the book may be slow to start with, as it delves into more action it becomes more exciting.
It's an interesting, futuristic dystopian novel, with a highly-developed world and characters.
I recommend this book.
Rebecca Adams (Student)