Author- Gennifer Albin.
Publisher- Allen and Unwin.
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for this review copy!
What I thought:
I hadn't been too keen to read many more dystopian books for a while when I received this copy in the post- it was an exception though, because I had heard about it and wanted to read it long before I choose to have a break from the genre, and I'm so glad that is the way things went.
Crewel isn't just another run of the mill dystopian novel like so many right now are- it is a work of art, beautiful, emotional and intense.
I found it interesting and really liked the fact that almost (?) all the names in Crewel are spelt differently from how they're spelt now, in example-
Benn instead of Ben,
Amie instead of Amy,
Lewys instead of Lewis,
And Crewel instead of Cruel (probably my least favourite of the bunch)-
all gave the feel of an alternate reality, and I really liked it.
At times I was surprised by the abrupt end of a scene, particularly emotional (and usually of the romantic type) scenes- everything would be going really smoothly, and then BAM! it's over and I was left wondering if I skipped a page or two by accident- that happened two or three times and was something I definitely didn't like.
I'm not fond of the Australian cover- I like the US one much more, though neither do I love... at times I think this one shows Adelice wonderfully, but the thing about both of them is that I think Crewel should have a cover without a person on it... I think I would like it better if it had a cover just with the colourful lines found on the US cover...
I really liked how the novel played out- it could certainly have been a single book, I'm not sure how I feel about there being two more books, and I can't really see how much more of a story there is to tell, especially over two books, but I look forward to reading book 2 and seeing!