Review: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke


“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. 

Actual Review:

The Mad Scientist’s daughter is Cat.

She is selfish, she is passive, she is spineless, she is the kind of heroine I hate.

But she is the kind of heroine that I care about, because she is a lot like me. A lot like us.

Her character mirrors each one of us who made decisions based on what they think they should do, and not based on what they wanted to do.  God knows I’m not the only one.

Her character mirrors each one of us who are in limbo. Numb, unfeeling, and just plain stuck.

I rooted for her, mourned with her, at times wanted to throttle her because of her selfishness,  her choices, but at the very end I wanted to hug her. Because she finally managed to grow as a person, and redeem herself. (And maybe finally managed to give Finn the happy ending he deserved. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows , but it was bittersweet.)

It was kind of funny really, that as one was growing number and transforming into an ice queen each day, the other was growing even more sentient and human. Finn is someone you’ll manage to care about and fall in love with, trust me.

This was a very emotional read for me, not because I cried beause of one or maybe two moments in the book, but because I was carrying around this doomed and depressing feeling all throughout the novel that only left me as I reached the final pages.

Read this. You won’t regret it.