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
This was definitely an interesting new view of a kind of utopian society. In this society men run everything and women have their place in society although not very important ones unless you are a Spinster. Adelice doesn't necessarily want to fail at becoming a Spinster. She just knows that her parents have trained her to although she doesn't know the real reasons behind it. The Spinster world is more than just power and privilege, there's a whole lot more going on behind the scenes than Adelice would have thought possible. Adelice is pretty strong although she herself doesn't know how strong until she's pushed when thrown into Spinster politics. Of course there is some romance, a love triangle, that helps Adelice to open her eyes to whats really going on with the Guild and the Spinsters. Although this isn't a novel packed with action, it is filled with mystery and intrigue that makes this an exciting read. I loved the creativity of the development of this world and I'm excited to read the continuation of this story in the next novel. I definitely recommend this if you like a good sci-fi, utopian type of novel.