The Friday Society by Adrienne KressThe Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society

byAdrienne Kress

Hardcover | October 28, 2015

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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.
Adrienne Kress studied at the University of Toronto, and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her time in the UK served as inspiration for her middle-grade books, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate. Adrienne has since returned to Toronto, where she acts, directs, produces, and writes.
Title:The Friday SocietyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.65 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Reader GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803737610

ISBN - 13:9780803737617


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Friday Society An interesting view of strong women. A little hard to get into, but a fun adventure nevertheless.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite interesting The Friday Society follows the journey of Cora, Nellie and Michiko, who are extremely talented assistants to three powerful men, as they come together to solve a mystery. One night, as the three girls are leaving a ball they happen to stumble upon a body. They then take it upon themselves to figure out who murdered this man, or more importantly, why anyone would do such a thing. As their paths continuously overlap while following leads of their own, they decide to work as a team to solve the mystery for good. Filled with action, suspense, and interesting characters, this novel will leave you wanting more. I found this book very intriguing as it was an interesting mystery and I enjoyed the relationships of the characters. I really liked how everything was connected in a way but you weren't exactly sure how everything fit together. Also, it was interesting to watch the friendship of the three girls develop and how they interacted with each of their bosses. The things that I liked were also reasons that made me not like the book as much as I thought I would. Since the novel was written in the different points of views of the girls, I found it hard to keep up with the intertwining storylines. Also, it was difficult to remember all of the characters because there were so many. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend this book to teens who enjoy very light and enjoyable mysteries. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of fun!!! The writing and plot can be a bit slow at times but the dynamics of the adventure totally make up for that. A wonderful, fun, and easy read.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it for all its steam-punk goodness Cora, the intelligent brunette works with an inventor. Nellie, the gorgeous blonde works as a magician’s assistant. Michiko, the Japanese Samarai who works with an abusive wannabe Japanese man. All three girls are beautiful, and deadly. When a string of murders come along and they find themselves caught in the crossfire, will they solve the case or get into mote trouble with their bosses? I love how all three are girls are similar yet different at the same time. They come from specific backgrounds and their personalities still shine through. As for the guy characters, I extremely liked Jeff who was a shy guy, yet sweet and an overall gentleman. I did grow tired of reading how extremely good looking everyone was. Yes I get they’re handsome and beautiful in appearance, no need for the constant repetition. The thing is I never know if steam punk exists in the modern realm with an inspiration to the past or if its something completely different. So I’m guessing its both since the world building in this novel is impeccable. The setting is fully fleshed out and completely detailed. I loved the intricate descriptions of some of the inner workings of the gizmos and gadgets that appeared in the story. Adrienne thoroughly did her research and she did it well. Her scenes open up just like a movie creates the feeling of a time period, but what is great in the setting, lacks in other areas. The key driver for most books is plot. There wasn’t a story that kept me from turning the pages. I had to stop and pick it up again and that is always a big sign that I won’t end up liking the book in the end. I tend to get hooked into books very easily but if by the first 50-150 pages I’m bored, then I can automatically assume there’s nothing worthwhile. It’s good I’m stubborn though, because even if I’m bored, I’ll keep going because I just have to finish the book. I’m glad I kept going because the story does pick up in the end, and it turned out to be one heck of an adventure. Characters Incredibly detailed and rich. Each main character has a back story, a personality, and a purpose Pacing Slow..Very slow to pick up in the beginning, but the end makes up for a great climatic ending. Cover & Design Gorgeous. Love what the models are wearing and how they have such a strong pose. Also kudos for featuring an Asian on the cover! (Not very many now-a-days) Plot A murder mystery that is quite similar to the TV show Charlie’s Angels where females kick butt and solve crimes. Read it for all its steam-punk goodness and the incredibly rich character development!
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't even.... This book bounces all over the place, the story line is horrifically predictable, and the characters are not all that interesting. I had to force myself to finish this book, because I wouldn't feel comfortable reviewing it unless I'd done so. It was awful. I've read worse, but this was up there with the really bad I-wouldn't-recommend-this-book-to-anybody list of books. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. If you really feel that you MUST read it, pick it up from the library, borrow it from a friend who already wasted their money on it, but don't buy it. If the rating system would allow it, I'd be giving this book no maple leaves at all. :(
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exciting steampunk adventure with awesome female leads And then there was an explosion. So begins the steampunk adventure, entitled The Friday Society. There’s something to be said for starting a story off with a bang. It grabs demands your attention and you will be only too happy to hand over the next few hours of your life to see what comes next. It needs to be said. Canadian authors are freakin’ rockstars. This week I compiled a list of the best books I read in 2012 and it was no surprise how many Canadian titles made the cut. The Friday Society is no exception (it took home the award for best steampunk!). Adrienne Kress is a fabulous new voice in YA literature, and her flirty and unique style was a lot of fun to read and explore. The story centres around three young girls – Cora, Nellie and Michiko. All three were apprentices to powerful men, but they were secondary in job title only. They were independent, free spirited, intelligent. I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite. I really enjoyed that they were given equal weight and importance throughout the story. (Although if I’m really forced to choose I’d have to go with Cora. I love all her inventions!). Their’s was a relationship built on mutual respect and friendship, and it was refreshing to see three female characters interacting in this way. They’re a great role model for what everyone’s friendships should be like (no matter what your age!) Beyond the emphasis on female camaraderie, the other thing that makes The Friday Society really stand out is that there is no real love story. Sure, there are some potential love interests, but they’re nothing more than subplots – at best – and the true story belongs to Nellie, Cora and Michiko throughout. Not every book needs a love story, and I am glad to see Adrienne Kress agrees with that sentiment. A lot of books recently seem to be marketed under the “steampunk” title lately, but quite often they’re simply Victorian or Gothic, with a few steampunk elements thrown in. The Friday Society is a true steampunk adventure with all the gadgets, and themes of makerism, idealisum and challenging societal norms, to prove it. It was nice to really get into the genre, and experience all the things that make it truly fascinating. I hope that this is a novel that will encourage to seek out more steampunk as well. All these fantastic elements were built around a pretty surprising mystery. I wasn’t totally surprised by the outcome, but I enjoyed the ride just the same. If I had once criticism of The Friday Society it’s that at times it felt a bit modern. I would have preferred a more Victorian feel to the language and dialogue, but I have read other reviews that enjoyed this modern take. So it’s really a matter of personal preference. Recommendation: A fun and feisty adventure story that I recommend to those who are curious about steampunk or who like stories about strong women and strong friendships, rather than relationships. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome YA Steampunk Novel! Adrienne Kress' debut YA novel, The Friday Society, is a steampunk adventure you don't want to miss! It was a fun and entertaining read from beginning to end. There's a touch of romance in the novel, but it really wasn't the central focus of the storyline. I loved its emphasis on friendship, teamwork, and the empowering of women. There's definitely a feminist edge to The Friday Society. Nellie, Cora, and Michiko are strong heroines in their own rights, but many men would dismiss them as pretty faces and girls to be protected. It's a foolish notion on their part, and these three young women were all too ready to prove just how mistaken these men could be in underestimating their abilities and intellect. Nellie is a magician's assistant, skilled at picking locks and acrobatics, and capable of unbinding herself from the trickiest of knots. Cora is a lab assistant working for the influential Lord White, whose secret hobby is creating mechanical inventions. She shares his passion for inventing and is always open to tackling a new challenge. Originally from Japan, Michiko ran away from home and persistently worked hard to learn the forbidden ways of a samurai. She later accepted an offer to become a fight assistant in London, a decision she now regrets because she longs to be free and a true warrior. There's a nefarious plot afoot in the city and it will take the inquisitive minds of Cora, Nellie, and Michiko to discover the villain. While The Friday Society is a standalone novel for now, I can definitely see the potential for a sequel! I have my fingers-crossed that I'll be seeing Cora, Nellie, and Michiko solving another mystery together! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! Welcome to the refreshingly humorous world of Adrienne Kress! If you've ever read her other works (Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, Timothy and the Dragon's Gate) then you'll be well familiar with her wit, and the ease in which she charms us with her wonderful characters. I looooooved this book. LOVED IT. I've been so longing for a young dynamic cast of female super heroes - and the steampunk theme is an added bonus. In a book where three characters - Cora, Nellie and Michiko - have top billing, Kress does a wonderful job giving each of them their own voice, their own strengths and their own issues to overcome. I didn't feel short-changed on any of them (although she could write an entirely new novel on the Great Raheem - hint hint, nudge nudge). And yet, despite the humour and wit, The Friday Society doesn't pull punches on the darker, seedier side of Victorian England. Certainly, it's not a descriptive free-for-all, but Kress has a fine intuition when it comes to teenage sensibilities, and she neither sugar coats, nor does she talk down to the reader through her prose. The writing is fresh and relatable, with an anachronistic flair which works surprisingly well; and the characters are fun and amiable. I particularly enjoyed Michiko's character, who hardly speaks a word of English throughout the entire book, but is given such a wonderful voice. The Friday Society has some wonderful steampunk inventions that I would love to see in real life, an adorable romantic interest, several endearing secondary characters, and suitably sinister bad guys. Five stars all the way - can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun & Entertaining Steampunk Novel Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars) The Friday Society follows the lives of three clever & capable women, all three assistants to powerful men in turn of the century London. Cora, a lab assistant to an inventor often found in opium labs, Nellie, a magician’s assistant to the highly-acclaimed Great Raheem, and Michiko, a Japanese fight assistant whose employer can’t understand much of what she’s saying to him. When people are mysteriously killed, the girls take it upon themselves to get to the bottom of it. An unlikely trio who become fast friends, they use their individual skills to work together to solve something the police don’t seem too interested in, before it’s too late. This was my first steampunk novel, and it was definitely a fun read! I loved the theme of feminism throughout the whole story especially set in olde-tyme England. Perhaps because of the overwhelming sense of girl power, it allowed the readers to really assess the male characters and their motives. I kept suspecting the wrong people, or felt like I was wrong to be trusting others. Told through alternating POVs between the three girls, Kress does a good job of keeping the story moving while still giving adequate time to each girl’s story. I especially loved the tenth chapter, where it was broken out by quarters (10¼, 10½ & 10¾) , indicating it’s still the same scene – but different POVs. While I found Nellie to be a bit too airheady and Michiko’s disjointed conversations with the other two girls to be a bit tiresome after a while, I definitely loved Cora’s personality and character the most. She was tough, smart and earned the respect of powerful men by seeing her as an equal. I also loved The Great Raheem, who is such a great supporting character in this book. He exhibited the kind of reverence and respect while not being patronizing towards his young assistant and her new friends. I find that it can be a fine line between being a father figure and sounding condescending and Kress writes this dynamic well. The Friday Society is a great steampunk mystery with a Charlie’s Angels kind of vibe. A very fun & entertaining read! This, and other reviews can be found on
Date published: 2012-12-11

Editorial Reviews

"With odd inventions, beautifully described clothing, and skilled heroines, this alternate history offers much to enjoy." — Publishers Weekly" overall sense of frothy fun prevails, bolstered by winks at genre convention (much is made of the always-foggy London crime scenes) and by three kick-ass females with complementary strengths and distinctive personalities." — The Horn Book"The Friday Society is an explosively entertaining concoction–a mystery and an adventure folded around complex themes, draped in rich historical settings, spiced with Steampunk cool and laced with sharp contemporary wit. It's a firecracker of a read, packed with a trio of feisty, fiery, fiercely intelligent heroines worth rooting for. More please!" — Lesley Livingston, author of the internationally bestselling Wondrous Strange series