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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Review] The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Title: The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: NetGalley

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.

Cat has always been different. Her parents kept her out of school, until they decided that her father's robot assistant, Finn, should tutor her. As a little girl, Cat's only friend was Finn, and then as she grew up, her parent's were worried about that and sent her off to high school. Sure, she made some friends, but Finn was always the one she came back to. Of course, that friendship grew into so much more, at least for Cat. Can a robot fall in love? Finn doesn't think he can, but the way he behaves with Cat suggests otherwise.

I was madly in love with this book from the very beginning. It reminded me a lot of Bicentennial Man, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. Both have seriously heartbreaking plots that I just can't help but be drawn to. Falling in love is hard enough without having to wonder if the other is even capable of it. Cat also struggles with the fact that it's not normal to love a machine, and she tries to fit into society as much as possible. This causes her to make some bad decisions throughout her life, and Finn even points out some of her bad behavior, which she just shrugs off.

Through the entire book we never know exactly what Finn is thinking or feeling, much like Cat. However, I do think his actions and choice of words easily express the more complex emotions that he so matter-of-factly says he does not experience, mainly jealousy, love, and frustration.

While the story did drag in the last third, I still am very much in love with this book. I kept hoping that things would work out for Cat and Finn, and I couldn't put my Kindle down until I found out. The ending made me cry like a baby, and I am so glad that I randomly requested this one! Five star reviews are so hard to write, so let's just say I loved it and suggest you all go read it.

Favorite Quotes

No surprise could be worth waking up in the dark empty time before dawn. (7% eARC)

"People do lots of things that aren't good for them." (31% eARC)

"Well, if you believe in ghosts, then it's not so scary for someone to die, because you can still see them. You know, they'll keep on being there." (86% eARC)

Title Quotes

"Making gifts is not something to be taken lightly, Mad Scientist's Daughter." (50% eARC)

The mad scientist's daughter, they were saying, in their lazy honey-drawl voices. The mad scientist's daughter, back from the dead. (64% eARC)

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  1. This sounds really intriguing!! I'm 50/50 on robot characters, depending on the writer they can either be really boring and you don't care about them at all or they are done really well and you connect with them. I guess you could say that about any character though...

  2. I loved this book too! I read it last month and it was like a marathon to get to the end. :) Who knew robots could play the leading man in a romance?


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