An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all.
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
The Friday Society contains bits of humour, action and mystery and combines them into a story that, while being highly unrealistic, is super entertaining. It goes from hilarious to serious and then right back again in a matter of minutes so you are never left bogged down by heavy content. And by heavy content I mean deaths and lots of them. It is a murder mystery after all.
I’d have liked more character development but I still connected to each of the three girls who are all strong females. Michiko is an extremely unique character because how often do you get to read about a female Samurai? Or any Samurai for that matter. I feel like the author did a good gob in accurately portraying her as a recent immigrant by showing not only her difficulties with the language but also the differences between Japanese and American culture. I loved the fight scenes and appreciated her dedication to learning.
Cora, the scientist’s assistant, is an inventor and has access to a lab and and an armoury with crazy weapons. Her relationship – not going to say with who, though it is rather obvious – at first appears to be crazy insta – love but in the end she doesn’t put up with him acting like a jerk, something there needs to be more of in YA. She is sarcastic, stubborn and smart, with a knack for figuring things out.
Nellie is a girly girl magician’s assistant with a great sense of humour. At the beginning I connected with her the least with is not surprising considering I hate girly stuff, but by the end, she was actually the character I connected with the most. For most of the book, she treats what is going on around her like a game and it is not until she realizes how dangerous the situation is that she decides she’s had enough. Only once she’s made it ‘fun’ again by adding costumes and secret names is she able to help solve the crime.
Though this novel is steampunk it is not stuffed full of inventions and crazy clothes. It felt like an accurate representation of the early 1900s with a few steampunk elements tossed in here and there. Futuristic weapons, a new power source and methods of transportation are a few examples.
The plot was very simple and even the twists at the end, while unexpected, were not shocking. More ‘cool’ than ‘wow’. It was also pretty far-fetched. The girls keep meeting up by chance, they all live in the same area, they’re all living with masters, not their families… and I could probably go on. At the same time though, this fault is what kept the book light and fun so I don’t know, maybe more subplots?
The writing was super fun from the language used to the chapter titles. The story isn’t very fast paced but it gripped me instantly and never got boring.
If you are looking for a book that is light but still intriguing then this is the book for you!