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The Mad Scientist’s Daughter

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We love books. We’re cultured like that. It may not always seem like it, based on the amount of movies and shows we watch, but we do read. Unfortunately though, it’s much easier to finish a movie or two a night. However, this was not the case for me with The Mad Scientist’s Daughter.

I had a very difficult time putting this book down, even shirking on some things I probably shouldn’t have. On the recommendation of ParticleShock Actual, I picked it up, expecting it to be an average romance with some hints of science fiction. What I wasn’t quite expecting though, was for it to make me care about the characters so much (or attempt to rip out my heart). Rarely do I get attached to fictional characters, and even more rarely do I find myself getting emotional over a book.

Written by Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter follows the story of Caterina Novak, daughter of a cyberneticist. At the age of five, her father brings home an android named Finn, who is completely sentient, though devoid of emotion. Cat spends much of her formative years with Finn, who is her tutor, and her only friend. The story chronicles her life, and the ever changing relationship between the two, leading to some of the most tragic and heartbreaking moments I have ever read. I won’t go into any sort of spoilers in this article, but I will say it takes you for some twists and turns throughout.

I don’t have enough good things to say about the book. It’s extremely well written, has wonderful pacing, and characters that you can’t help but love (or hate). This has more than earned it’s spot on my shelf, and on this site. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is definitely worth the read. If you prefer audiobooks, there is an audio version narrated by Kate Rudd, which I’m told is quite good as well. Regardless of medium, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

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