October 16, 2012
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.
Sci-fi is totally underrated.
I think the main reason why I find it so hard to reconcile myself with dystopia is because...well, it's the end of the world. Everyone seems locked in a dog-eat-dog, smother-or-be-smothered chain that doesn't stop, even if the hero breaks out of the mold and starts a rebellion.
Does a dystopian really end happy? Well, I guess it depends on who you ask.
Well, I'm not saying that a sci-fi couldn't turn out the same way (example: Across the Universe, one of my favorite stories but...well, very dark) - but there's more going on than just setting it in the middle of a war-torn United States and adding in a bunch of statutes that no one can break, or some epic nuclear blast that has everyone scrambling for a safe haven.
And again, that can totally be done. Just sometimes, it feels like we aren't getting titles who do it the right way.
The original way.
In any case, YA is long overdue for a new makeover, and a new sci-fi - especially one that sounds as alluring as this one (really, have you looked at that cover? That is what you call a siren in book form) - is exactly what I need.
What do you think? Too much dystopian and too little talent? How about sci-fi - yay or nay?
Do I make any sense in my posts at all?
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