Happy Book Birthday to The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress! I remember the first time Adrienne told me about this book idea she had, she pitched it as a Steampunk whodonuit featuring three girls who are all assistants to powerful men. She envisioned it as a book that would move at the clip of an action-packed thriller while also dealing with issues like women’s place in society and science versus superstition. She asked me what I thought. My immediate response:
And then Adrienne proceeded to execute the book flawlessly.
In The Friday Society she introduces three incredible characters:
Nellie: Assistant to the renowned magician the Great Raheem. Nellie is a gorgeous former burlesque girl with a talent of escaping tight situations-- but with flair!
Cora: Lab assistant to the inventor Lord White. Cora grew up on the streets and loves experimenting with big guns (what girl doesn't?)
Michiko: Trained as a samurai, she left Japan seeking adventure and gets stuck working as the fight assistant for Sir Callum Fielding-Shaw. Michiko hasn't quite mastered the English language, but she finds other, incredibly kick ass, ways to express herself.
What I love about this book is that even though the book is set in Victorian London, these girls don't depend on their powerful benefactors to fix their problems. Nope. These girls can take care of themselves. It's smart AND funny. What's not to love?!
*I believe there might've even been a "HELL" before that YEAH...