I received an eARC from Faber & Faber via Netgalley. Thank you.
I pretty much agree with everyone when they claimed that Gennifer Albin’s Crewel is original. This is probably the reason why I wanted to read it in advance. And when that opportunity came I can’t help but to dance my happy dance because I will finally read it. And see what the hype, the raves are all about. When the blurb said that this book has people with “ability to weave time with matter” I’m completely sold. A book that manages to mesh sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia is definitely a rare occasion.
Yes, people here have the ability to weave time with matter. And our main girl Adelice Lewys has that talent. But she’s hiding it and she was eager to fail because she doesn’t want to be a spinster. They are very valuable and powerful people because they interlace the fabric that makes up their world. They can control traits in people’s lives. They are basically an essential tool for creating a perfect society. They also have privileges that is so enticing that some wanted to be one but being a spinster is not all it’s cracked up to be. Even with attractive benefits Adelice still doesn’t want it…because as a spinster means being a pawn for the Guild’s plans.
I can’t deny the book’s creativity but yet it didn’t completely mesmerize me. There’s something about the world that had me confused. It took me weeks to finish this book and that’s definitely not a good sign. I kept putting it on hold because there’s something about it that preventing me from fully enjoying it. It’s not that the concept wasn’t working, like the book’s idea it was, if not perfectly, weaved securely with the plot. I liked most of the ideas integrated in the book. It was really appealing and unique but for me not entirely convincing and interesting. I think it needs some more polishing in some aspect so I wouldn’t doubt some of the ideas presented here. I know it is fiction but it still needs to be substantial to make it completely work.
Should I be happy that there’s a love triangle here? I’m not sure myself. I kinda like the other guy better the other one but it is still too soon for me to tell (ok, so I’ll name the other one. He’s Jost). While most of Adelice’s interactions with them were acceptable, there are still those inevitable instances that got my eyes bulge out of its socket because it was an epic fail moment. But as I said it was very tolerable.
Of course expect those twist and turns. What I like about this book it provided interesting moments particularly those related to her ability. While I didn’t entirely enjoy the romance and in the process completely flatten my eager heart but I’m glad it was compensated with plot twist (some were obvious some were not and some were unreasonable) that got me all worked up and wanting. The last few chapters were the height of the story and it finally reeled me into the plot.
So as a final verdict it’s a fifty-fifty to me. I liked it. I will continue the story but I’m not as eager as I was when I about to read this book. I admit that some of it was my fault. I shouldn’t have read it when I’m not really that focused and was really sleepy (but I was motivated to finish this). But the ending offered some interesting insight of things to come. And I’m quite sure that I wanted to know more about those.