It takes a lot for me to like a book that's inspired by THE GIVER, and it also takes a lot for me to like a book inspired by THE HANDMAID'S TALE. In a bizarre twist of fate, CREWEL draws inspiration from both (along with a healthy dose of THE HUNGER GAMES), and I still loved it. The difference between this and a lot of the other current YA dystopian books, in my opinion, is Albin's imagination. The "framework" (pun intended) of weaving is brilliant and innovative, so it didn't bother me that she took the oppressive male system of HANDMAID + old master teaching new student of GIVER + primping/pageantry of HUNGER GAMES to create this book. Great ending as well with a nice last-minute twist that doesn't feel forced. I'll definitely read book 2. Note to other YA authors - this is how you write dystopian.