Fourteen-year-old Sophronia has a penchant for climbing trees. Or dumbwaiters. Much to her mother’s chagrin. So she sends her off to Finishing School. But unbeknownst to Mumsy, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s is no ordinary Finishing School. Sophronia is about to be trained in the fine art of Finishing anything and everything. From how to curtsy to how to poison a dinner party, welcome to Finishing School.
This book was a great light read, which I think we all need right now. It’s funny and light hearted. Who would think Finishing School could be so interesting! Plus, it’s Steampunk! The school is a series of airships and there are all kinds of mechanical devices. And of course, Vampire and Werewolves.
Carriger’s world building is grand. I haven’t read her adult stuff yet, but these are set before they are and several of the characters appear later as adults in that series. The names of some of the characters, and the devices, are simply ridiculous, but I’m pretty sure that’s the point. It’s part of what’s so funny and light about this book. She’s truly crafted an alternate Victorian world with supernatural societies along side our own and curious mechanical advancements.
There’s also a bit of mystery here for Sophronia to get involved in. More of a conspiracy really. After all, it is a school for future Intelligencers as they’re called. And it true series fashion, the mystery leads to an even bigger mystery.
I give this one Four Lightsabers, but I might be a bit partial to the Steampunk setting and hilarious antics since I love a good fun story that makes me laugh.