The 'crewel' injustice is that I just didn't like this book.
Everyone has their own little group of go-to reviewers they look up when they receive a new book. When they love it, you're freaking pumped, man, you're effing excited to read this new book! When they hate it, you're bummed, this book is going to suck, why couldn't you have read their reviews before?
But when your go-to reviewers disagree on whether the book is beast or bull, that's when things get reallllly interesting.
I can see why people liked this. It's unique: a dystopian world where things are mandated by a caste of women weaving worlds on their looms. The writing is clear and fluid, even a little beautiful in parts (though sometimes veering on the purple side).
On the other hand, the character is just another Sue in a long line of Sues. There are questionable approaches to beauty (you like makeup, because you're a whore, you whore!), romance, sexuality, friendship, and so on and so forth. Basically, Crewel contains borderline slut-shaming, and pushy wanna-be alpha love interests like Jacob Black.
I really do appreciate creativity, especially in a market as over-tried as YA, and it is a shame that this idea didn't pan out. I am sure this book's sales will do modestly well just because of that gorgeous cover (who else thought it was a flower before they looked at it closely?). However, my library due-date deadlines are coming up, and at the rate I'm progressing with this, I decided to DNF.
2 out of 5 stars.