The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a book that has continued to stay with me even weeks after finishing. It’s the story of Cat and Finn. Cat is a young girl living with her parents (her dad is the mad scientist). She lives a fairly unencumbered life – home schooled with afternoons spent wandering through the woods or graveyards. One day her dad brings home a tutor for her and she meets Finn. Her parents explain that he is an android but she doesn’t believe that. At first she thinks he is a ghost given his pale complexion and dark hair. Over time she does come to believe he is an android but she never fully accepts him as such. She wants him to feel more for her. As she grows up, her feelings for him continue to evolve until she is having fantasies of them being together.
I won’t give any more away because you need to read this for yourself. There were times that I was so exasperated with Cat that I could barely concentrate on the story. But, Finn broke my heart. His struggle to understand Cat, be her friend (and more) and just live the life of an android was touching. I know that sounds corny but it’s the only word I can come up with to describe the feeling. I began to think about the rights of others, what makes us human and how hard it might be to understand someone so different from you. But, it all comes down to compassion – even if the person standing next to you is made up of circuits and wires, how can you treat them as a lesser being? And, are emotions always worth the heartache. Would it be easier to feel less?
My ARC had a few things that were a little confusing but they are forgiven as this isn’t a final copy. Hong Kong was mentioned several times and I got a little confused about that. Along with a note that astronauts were speaking to each other in Mandarin. (I’m assuming it was a Chinese spaceship but not sure.) Regardless of these very minor issues, this was one of my favorite reads this year. 5/5 stars and highly recommended.
Thank you to Angry Robot for sending me an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.