The Friday Society
Kress's first YA novel is a rowdy steampunk adventure, set in turn of the century London. She introduces three dashing teenage heroines, all of whom are tied to powerful men: Michiko, employed by a greedy man, is an amazing martial artist, Nellie is a skilled magician's assistant, and Cora is the talented assistant to a brilliant inventor. The three young women's lives become intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murder. After more dead bodies appear and someone blows up St. Paul's Cathedral, they join forces and find themselves fighting villains and monsters to prevent the annihilation of the city.