They have nothing in common, nothing to bring them together - until they stumble across a murder and a murderer after a ball. There is a mystery for them to solve, one that will use all their skills and the tricks of the trade they have learnt over the years. For Cora it is a chance to prove herself, a chance to test her mind with a puzzle that has deadly consequences if she fails to unravel all the clues. For Nellie it is the chance to be more than a pretty face, a chance for her to show that she has brains as well as beauty, and to prove to herself that she can have courage. For Michiko it is a chance to discover what kind of samurai she is going to be, a chance for her to live the life of a samurai rather than just train to be one among men and boys who treat her as something of a joke. Together they are stronger than they know - especially if they can drop their doubts and just run with it.
The Friday Society is a steampunk adventure that has more focus on the adventure and the mystery rather than world building, which for me was rather nice as the last steampunk novel I read was dripping in minute detail that quite frankly bugged me no end. The characters here are well developed and are strong enough to stand on their own, however they have an equally impressive supporting cast that rounds out the story and makes it more believable. I really enjoyed the story, although at times it was a little distracting to have the story bouncing from one character to the other through short chapters - it works to give you a view of the characters world, but it was a little distracting when lots of action was happening in a short space of time and the view kept bouncing through short chapters. It feels like this could be the beginning of a series, and hopefully there are more because Cora, Nellie, and Michiko are great characters to spend time with, and their world is well rounded enough without drowning in detail.
If you like this book then try:
- The golden compass by Philip Pullman
- Etiquette and espionage by Gail Carriger
- The girl in the steel corset by Kady Cross
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake
- Every other day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Legend by Marie Lu
Reviewed by Brilla