Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Published: Jan 29, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist.
There’s never been anyone - or anything - quite like Finn.
He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.
When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
Oh wow. Just woah. This book made me cry (for real) several times. I tried to put it down, but I just couldn't. The Mad Scientist's Daughter made me feel such empathy for Cat and Finn. I couldn't believe how emotionally attached I got to these characters.
Seeing Cat grow from a child into a broken woman was the part that got to me the most. Richard Feversham is a douchebag too. I just really had to say that. Anyways, Cat always had a vulnerability under her numb outer shell. The inner and outer struggles she experiences are gut-wrenching. Her relationship with Finn is so heartbreaking. And her father was a heartfelt character as well.
About midway through the book I was like WTF? Is going on here? Would it be an abomination if a human fell in love with an android? I don't think so. Love is love. You can't stop the inevitable.
So, this book is beautiful. The story will draw you in so fast because it is so original. You might be weirded out by some stuff that happens (I was at first), but in the end it makes total sense.
5 stars to The Mad Scientist's Daughter.