The Friday Society
Steam Punk books have become very popular in the last few years, and in The Friday Society, we see a world of gadgets and inventions in turn of the century London. Following three very different girls, this book introduces each young woman and the circumstances that brought them to their various situations and living arrangements. Each has their own distinct character and somewhat sad story, but each has found a way to survive. I loved that the girls had their own individual strengths and vulnerabilities, which really helped them mesh as a group when they all finally met. As far as steam punk goes, this was not as detailed as some books I’ve read, with the murder mystery aspect playing a larger role, but there were still wild inventions and enough lab explosions to keep everyone happy.
The Friday Society was a very fun read. Filled with a lot of steam punk gadgets and smart young women who are determined to solve a mystery, this would make a great holiday gift for a teen that is looking for a book that’s part imaginative historical, part action/adventure. While the dialogue is more modern than turn of the century, it doesn’t take away from the story, which is about each girl finding ways to use their intelligence and talents to find justice. While there was some romance, it was not the cornerstone of this book, which was kind of nice. Instead, it was about the friendship that was forged between Cora, Nellie and Michiko and what each girl had to bring to the table, so to speak. It was a sort of turn of the century Charlie’s Angels….without the need for a “Charlie”. The Friday Society was a quick and fun read and, for Steam Punk newbies, a great introduction to this sub-genre.