Well, wasn’t this a pleasant surprise! I read this entire book in one day. It totally sucked me in.
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is about a girl named Cat. When she’s a little girl, her scientist father brings a robot home to be her tutor. The android, called Finn, looks and acts like a human, and as Cat grows older he becomes her constant companion, and eventually… more. But as Cat struggles to find her place in the world as an adult, robot rights are becoming a hot issue and Finn has to find his own place in the world, and in Cat’s life.
Yes, this is a love story between a girl and her android. Which honestly, I totally wasn’t expecting to love, but I DID! I really connected with Cat and liked her – she grows up as a free spirit running around in the forest that surrounds her home, and as she matures she has to deal with the pressure from her mother to be someone she doesn’t want to be. Her feelings toward Finn seem completely natural, and even though in your head you know it’s a bit weird, you can’t help but cheer for them to be together. A lot of things happen to keep them apart. Also, the writing in this book was lovely – a bit flowery, but not too the point of distraction.
I know humanity has been expecting the “age of the robots” to happen since like the 1930’s, but it does seem like one day it’ll happen – whether it’s 20 years from now, or 100. And if artificial intelligence does become perfected and some robots become self-aware, then this book might become a classic, ahead of it’s time. In the book, androids with certain levels of consciousness are fighting to be free and the feelings between Cat and Finn are certainly taboo, if not outright forbidden. Those might be real issues facing society someday far, far in the future.
I can’t help it, I love a good forbidden love story. And this was a really great one, with a strong sci-fi element. Awesome. I’m looking forward to exploring more written by Cassandra Rose Clarke.
Sarah Says: 4 stars