Monday 22 October 2012

CREWEL Blog Tour: Author Gennifer Albin talks Top Five Dystopian Reads!

Please welcome Gennifer Albin to the blog as part of the CREWEL blog tour.  Emily will be reviewing CREWEL on the blog soon and I can't wait to see what she thinks.  I've heard lots and lots of good things!

Today Gennifer is discussing her top five dystopian reads, and it's no surprise to see The Hunger Games right there at the top.  Man, I really need to read that book soon!


Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release date: October 4th 2012
Ages:  12+

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Guest Post: Author Gennifer Albin talks Top Five Dystopian Reads!

1. The Hunger Games - The dread that novel elicits within the first chapter is palpable. I couldn't stop reading until I was through all three books.  Then I immediately passed them to my husband to read and stared at him until he was done and we could talk about them.

2. The Handmaid's Tale - I've always enjoyed this particular story because of it's unflinching look at how far humans will go to propagate the species.

3. Memoirs of a Survivor - I read Lessing's novel in college and I'm still thinking about it. It was one of the books that truly initiated by interest in women's studies.

4. Brave New World - It was my first experience with dystopian fiction, and its had a lasting impression.  We read it for Advanced Placement English when I was 17.  I recently looked up when it was published (1931!).  The book is so ahead of its time.

5. Matched - This novel has its strengths and weaknesses, but I found Cassia's journey of discovery compelling and the writing is beautiful.


You might also like to check out this great book trailer for CREWEL by Jennifer Albin which Features the song 'It's a Lie' by fourteen year old Roisin O' Hagan, winner of The Spark book trailer competition. Congratulations Roisin!

Become a fan of The Spark in order to download the track for free: here 

Follow Gennifer Albin on twitter: @GenniferAlbin    Follow @TheSparkFeed to keep up with all the latest YA news from Faber & Faber.

The CREWEL blog tour continues tomorrow at Serendipity Reviews


  1. Loved Crewel. Such a creative book. Great post!

  2. Brave New World was my first dystopian read as well! I remember when I had to buy it for high school English (summer reading) and I was dreading it because, really, reading for school was never fun for me, but that's one of the few books I ended up loving:) And I of course adored the Hunger Games, and Matched was a favorite of mine as well. I'll have to pick up the other ones!

    Loved Crewel too. I need book 2 immediately:)

  3. I can't wait to hear her thoughts on Crewel. I am definitely intrigued and have been reading some great reviews.  And you MUST read Hunger Games soon! It's brilliant!

  4.  I know! I think I might be the only person in the world that hasn't read it! :D


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