My review here will most likely not do this story justice so if you are even remotely interested in this book just trust me and go read it now.There are a number of reasons why I was unable to put this book down and they mostly revolve around the characters. The goods ones, the bad ones and even the ones who fall somewhere in the middle. The main character, Adelice, is probably one of my favorites. She is smart, sarcastic, and tough. Although she is in an impossible situation, she doesn't give up and just cry about it. Don't get me wrong, if it were me I would probably have curled up in a ball somewhere and cried all of the tears. Instead, she tries to figure out who she can trust and starts to build some relationships. I love her honesty and the fact that she just can't help her sarcastic remarks to Cormac.The dystopian piece to this story is slow to be revealed. Initially there are bits and pieces - the book opens by going over the testing that Adelice has been participating in along with her options as a 16 year old girl in the world they live in once testing is complete. As the story progresses and we learn more about Adelice, we also learn more about Arras - the world they live in. I love the idea that they are living in a world where Spinsters control time and everything through threads and looms. Little does everyone know that Adelice has a gift that makes her extra special in this regard....no spoilers.The other characters enhance the story as well. Erik and Jost are solid love interests and there is more revealed about Jost than Erik....I think I might have liked it to be the other way around so hopefully that will happen in the next book. There is a love triangle here and I am interested to see how this plays out in the next book considering how this one ended but for those that don't enjoy that aspect, know that it doesn't become the focal point of the story. Cormac and Maela are interesting "bad guys". Both are focused on the power they want and trying to figure out a way to use Adelice to get it. I think I respect Cormac more only because he was pretty up front with Adelice about things - he was still a complete a-hole but still...I am very interested to see what he does next and how Maela fits into it.Overall a great book one for this series and I am very much looking forward to the next one. I recommend this to anyone who likes a great heroine and an interesting story.