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Crewel by Gennifer Albin
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Apr 19, 12

bookshelves: young-adult-middle-grade, galleys
Read from April 17 to 19, 2012

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.
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Bean Good lord this is good so far.


Bean Let me know if you want a galley! i can probably wrangle mine back after my colleague reads.


Bean OK!


message 4: by Al (new)

Al Oh what fun! Sounds like my kind of book, I'll keep an eye out for it.


Bean OK! I'll also send you a galley if I can!


message 6: by Jason (new) - added it

Jason At first I thought you were saying you didn't like Giver and Handmaid's Tale, when I (mostly) love them both. But your profile implies the opposite, and I understand your sentiment - Bumped was terrible, and even Lowry's own sequels to The Giver were big comedowns from the highs of that book. Though, if it's not too revealing/spoiler-y...this book doesn't have a True Love Triangle of Doom, does it? I can't think of a single love triangle on the page or screen that I felt enhanced the story. Though my memory's not perfect.


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