Title: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Angry Robot
UK Publication Date: 7th Febury 2013
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 starting this book without reading the synopsis. I had read it a month before and completely forgot what it was about. So what is it about?
We meet Cat as a young girl who is given a tutor – Finn – who she thinks is a ghost, but is in fact a one of a kind android. Her father, a scientist, never really tells her where Finn came from, or much about him at all. This is a story about life. Set in the future after ‘the disasters’ in which man caused we see the development of Cat and the development of her relationship with Finn. Set with androids, advanced technology and a post disaster world. However this is not central to the story. The central theme is life and relationships, along with some artificial intelligence and their rights.
To begin with the novel did not grab me I am afraid to say. But as I read on I noticed I wanted to find out what happened in her life, where Finn came from and why he was different.
This is a novel that is well written, well thought, and with some interesting and thought provoking ideas. Do not be put of by the fact it is set in the future and includes science fiction ideas, that is not the root of this book. This is a book I think many female readers will enjoy, but with a different setting to many life and love stories. One to stick with until you are captivated by Cat, and then you will be glad you stuck with it.
I give this a 4 out of 5.