Promising to be a tale of “Love, Loss, and Robots,” The Mad Scientist’s Daughter delivers in every aspect. Author Cassandra Rose Clarke combines literary tradition with science fiction to create a truly moving story about Cat and Finn. Caterina, the “Mad Scientist’s” Daughter, is only five when she first meets Finn, who happens to be an android.
Finn is a cross between Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Andrew from Isaac Asimov’s The Bicentennial Man, but with a uniqueness that distinguishes him from these characters. As Cat grows up, her relationship with Finn changes, while Finn starts to change himself. At times heartbreaking, this romantic story is a wonderful addition to GeekyLibrary.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
Set in a future that feels strangely old-fashioned, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter deals with questions of consciousness and ethics. As Cat grows up, the views of society change as well. I believe that this novel brings a feeling of reality to its vision of the future, while simultaneously avoiding making the world and the future the focus.
Although it might not feel inherently geeky, all I can say is… Love and Robots.
Rating (5 stars)
As soon as I started reading this book, I was swept along by the storyline. In my opinion, a really good book will cause you to experience a range of emotions and this one certainly succeeded. Add in the science fiction (geeky) moments that allow the story to explore issues of ethics and its a five-star novel.
Read this book:
If you like your literature to have a science fiction element. Bring in the android.
Don't Read this book:
If you were looking for a sci-fi adventure romp, without any mushy bits.
Once you're done, do this:
Buy a loom and take up weaving.