Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger When Sophronia is sent off to an exclusive finishing school, she finds that the school has a unique, ulterior purpose: training spies.Are those glass baubles decorative or deadly? They are rather knifelike. Can one call a chandelier sinister?This YA steampunk is precisely everything YA steampunk should be… equal parts elegant and absurd, with a mix of clockwork and gaslamps. Even Sophronia’s new school — a finishing school on a dirigible, where they are taught how to be a lady and how to be a spy — is both clever and ridiculous all at the same time. It uses the same ‘world’ as her adult series, but doesn’t include all of the sexual aspects and is quite a bit less violent.Some readers may not appreciate that much of this book revolves around world-building and describing things both Victorian and mechanical. After an initial burst of excitement, the plot really doesn’t progress a lot until the final chapters.