United States of America
| February 5, 2013|
5 February 2013
Little, Brown and Company
| Finishing School (series)|
Steampunk, Young adult fiction
Gail Carriger books, Steampunk books, Other books
Etiquette & Espionage is a young adult steampunk novel by Gail Carriger. It is her first young adult novel, and is set in the same universe as her bestselling Parasol Protectorate adult series.
Etiquette & Espionage Wikipedia
Like the Parasol Protectorate books, Etiquette & Espionage is set in an alternate history version of Victorian era Britain where supernatural creatures such as vampires and werewolves are part of society. The protagonist is 14-year-old Sophronia, who enrolls in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia finds out that this isn't an ordinary finishing school; in addition to dance, dress, and etiquette, she and her classmates are also trained in the fine arts of espionage and assassination.
Etiquette & Espionage was well received. It earned four starred reviews and hit the New York Times bestseller list its first week on sale. Kirkus noted that the book is lighter on romance than is typical in YA, but praises the silliness and genre-blending. Publishers Weekly praised Carriger's ability to weave in commentary about race and class amidst the lighthearted fun of the book. Other reviewers noted that Carriger successfully subverts the "action girl" young adult trope, and that she successfully appeals to both age groups (adults and teens) without talking down to her young adult audience.
The Finishing School series consists of four books:Etiquette & Espionage (2013)
Curtsies & Conspiracies (2013)
Waistcoats & Weaponry (2014)
Manners & Mutiny (2015)
In 2013, as a promotion for Curtsies & Conspiracies, Carriger released a music video based on the series.