Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

I like steampunk adventures.  They have a sci-fit touch with mechanical devices and the young adults in the story are fearless (for the most part), self-confident, and ready to right wrongs.  It's almost like a modern turn on pulp fiction.  This story immediately caught my attention because it not only has all those elements, it has three young women as the lead characters.  I had to read it...

Dial Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published on December 6th, so you don't have long to wait to nab a copy.

These three main characters come from different walks in life.  Cora was a street girl before she was taken in by Mr. White.  He has taught her scientific skills and how to build inventions.  She has excelled at it.

Nellie also was rescued from the streets by a magician and she has learned a variety of physical skills as well as the art of disappearing and the use of illusion.  

Michiko grew up in Japan and has trained to become a female samurai.  She does public displays of her skill with a master that knows less than she does.

The girls originally meet at a performance of modern skills and techniques.  Cora has gone with her mentor; Nellie and Michiko are performing.  Right after the performance, they discover a dead man.  Then flower girls begin dying.  Cora was a flower girl once, so that really hits home for her.  Michiko was attacked by the person who killed the man, so she wants to save her honor.  Nellie wants to help.

The plot is well thought out, presented in good form and made really good reading.  While this is written for young adult, I totally enjoyed reading the story as an adult.  I am so impressed by it, I have preordered a hardcover to add to my personal library.  It's that good.

Why not buy a copy for yourself and see what you think?  You won't forget these young women.  I hope to see more written in this series.  This is a great combination of skills and personalities that talked to me.

Happy reading.   

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