Review: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist's Daughter - Cassandra Rose ClarkePublisher: Angry Robot (January 29th 2013)
Paperback: 400 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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


I went into this book with a couple misconceptions. One was that it was a young adult book and two, that it was more about Finn.

The story is about Catarina Novak, the daughter of a man that people called a mad scientist. As a young girl she was introduced to Finn,  a strange (android) man unlike anybody or anything and he becomes her tutor. We see Cat grow from this eight year old girl, to a teenager, a college student, wife, and mother. Over the course her life, her love for Finn changes and it also brings a lot confusion, self-loathing and conflict in her life. She can’t understand how Finn, an android, would possibly feel the same about her. And so she tries to move on with her life, tries to find new experiences, new love.

I actually found this book to very poignant. Cat struggles so hard to hid her feelings for Finn because she thinks they’re wrong and instead does what society considers is correct. But at the same time, this brings a lot of struggle and pain to both herself, Finn, and almost everyone around her. With that, I’m not sure how I feel about Cat. As a young girl, I really liked her, but as she grew older I find her to be very selfish but at the same time I also feel bad for her. Compared to Cat, Finn is an unfortunate victim to everyone and  I wish Clarke had touched his side of the story a little more. I feel horrible for Finn, because even by the person who is suppose to love him most, he’s used and treated like an object and unfortunately we don’t get to see what Finn thinks or feels very often.

Overall, the book is much more of a poignant almost tragic love story rather than a YA romance and as clearly written as the title of the book, this is story is about the mad scientist’s daughter (the synopsis does a bad job of telling us about who the story is about). It was interesting read, definitely not what I expected going into this book.

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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