“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”
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 now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.
But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
The story starts one evening with the young Cat who is playing in the garden, when her father brings home a strange new person called Finn, who is to be her tutor. Although Finn looks and acts human he is actually an Android. Cat is initially wary of him (thinking that he is a ghost to begin with). However, she soon grows to like him and a bond begins to form between them.
The story follows Cat as she grows up and how her feeling develop for Finn, one of the long distance movers. When the government grants equal rights to sentinel robots Finn struggles to deal with his relationship with Cat and the rest of the world. He sees himself as just a just a machine and refuses to be something he is not.
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a beautifully written story. Love between a human and a robot on paper sounds strange and weird, but Cassandra Rose Clarke writes in such a moving way that you are swept up with it. I sat down to read this, and then could not stop, and ended up reading this in less than a day (it would have been quicker but I was at work at the time). I just didn’t want to stop reading, as I wanted to find out how the story played out (and I didn’t cry, it was just dust in my eyes – honest). In fact, once I have finished writing this I will be re-reading the novel again in peace and quiet.
I urge you to read this book, it will haunt you and stay with you for a long time. It is very hard to believe that this is only the author’s second novel – bravo Miss Clarke! From Angry Robot Books.
Rating: 5/5 (if I could give it a 6/5, I would!)