The dystopian novel Crewel by Gennifer Albin is a very original book with an interesting, complex, and well-developed concept. The world Crewel is set in is explained with masterful detail. The concept is extremely intriguing. Critics on redbook.com say, “If you liked The Hunger Games, try crewel”.
The main character Adelice is taken away from her family to work for the government when the book commences. Albin jumps right into the action as she introduces new mysteries about the world of Arras. Chapter by chapter the author builds your interest in the story and the farther you get in the book the harder it is to put it down. Albin creates many questions that the reader wants to know, and she satisfies the anticipation by the end of the novel. The main character takes us on a journey where she tries to find her identity in a mysterious government facility where there is backstabbing and lies hidden behind and intricate façade of privilege and opulence.
The mood of this novel is mostly serious with a few chapters written to relive tension. Although the book is very interesting there are only a few points of action. Because this book is a series the reader can see that the novel was set up to introduce the issues and main points of the world of Arras so the next book in the series would make sense. It is possible that much of the action you miss in book one will take place in the second book called Altered. Even though I would have liked to see more action instead of sedentary characters trapped in a government facility, the book still held my attention.
Overall, this is a book that was recommended to me by a friend, and I would recommend it as well. I have found that people either like or dislike this book, and it is primarily a matter of taste in writing. If you like action and adventure and very developed characters, then this is not the book for you. If you like new ideas, shallow characters, yet a very well explained setting, then I would certainly recommend this novel. Albin spends most of the novel setting up the laws of Arras, and because of this the development of the characters suffer, but I still believe this book is worth reading. I am looking forward to reading the send book in the three book series and I believe it has the potential to be a wonderful book.