The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke

MadScientistsDaughter-144dpiI have an addictive personality and I suspect a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder, to those of you who follow my blog I am sure that this is not remarkable. Yet I find that when these aspects of my personality manifest themselves it is continually surprising to me. When I read a story it is looking for that perfect “hit” the one they say crack cocaine addicts never achieve after the first time. I guess I can only be thankful that for me it is books that inspire the feelings best described in the immortal words of Twilight‘s Edward Cullen referring to the temptation posed by Bella Swan.

Your scent is like a drug to me like my own personal brand of heroin.”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight

All too often I do not find what I seek but every once and a while there is that perfect inexplicable union of words that creates that perfect bibliophilic high.  The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is for me one of those coveted works. Despite my reference to the wildly successful Twilight franchise, the closest literary approximation I could make to this beautiful story would be The Time Traveler’s Wife, possibly my all time favorite novel.

Outwardly the stories couldn’t be more different, the depiction of a contemporary man suffering from “Chrono Displacement Disorder” and the impact that his condition has on his ability to live a normal life. Versus The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, a portrayal of a woman living in a pseudo dystopian future and her relationship with her childhood tutor and companion, the unique robot she comes to love. However, the central theme of within both works of an impossible, undeniable love is constant.

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn 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 now 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, and in Cat’s heart.

I find it especially difficult to review books that I truly love as I often feel any words that I come up with fall so very short of the work that I am attempting to evaluate. What I can say about Ms Clarke’s work is that it defies classification, it is that flawless story that has mass appeal. Unapologetically romantic it is not in fact a romance novel, it is a science fiction novel that even people who do not like science fiction will enjoy. It is my personal brand of heroin. 

AUTHOR: Cassandra Rose Clarke

RATING: 5 Stars

GENRE: Sci Fi & Fantasy/Literary Fiction

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review. 

http://angryrobotbooks.com/books/the-mad-scientists-daughter-by-cassandra-rose-clarke

http://www.cassandraroseclarke.com/about/bio-contact/

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3 thoughts on “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke”

  1. I have this as an ARC and looking forward to reading it, even more so now, although I was not a fan of the Time Traveler’s Wife, too romancey for me. I loved the writing style though. 🙂 Thank you for great review.

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