I also liked the Camp Director, obviously an homage to 'Rosie the Riveter'. Every time they come in contact with her she is in the middle of doing something that has been culturally (and incorrectly) labelled 'manly'. Love the switch. She flips gender construction on its head. She makes you question your own misconceptions and learned perceptions. Why are women thought to be too weak, why are lumberjacks always male?
The badge explanation at the beginning of each chapter was neat, if a little too long at parts. I like how it ties in to the chapter, the badge somehow signifying the challenge the characters will face.
Lumberjanes is an organization that takes after the Boy Scouts. Teaching young women the value of survival, self reliance, adventure, camping, independence and friendship. We start with our five heroes at night (Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley); they are attacked by strange beasts that direct an ominous message their way. From there they are thrust on a quest.
I might read the next novels, just to find out more about the girls, where the treasure hunt leads, why they need the mysterious bow, and who the villain is using the boys as attack animals. So, I suppose the novel did what it set out to, leaving me somewhat intrigued and wanting to read further; however, I think it is lacking something, it just did not have the oomph I was hoping to find. A book cannot be great just because it features badass females, it also needs plot, character development, and purpose. We shall see how the series progresses, for better or for worse.