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

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Cassandra Rose Clarke

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher in return for a review.
Released January 1, 2013
391 pages
Science Fiction / Romance / Robots / Feels

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"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 honestly can’t keep track of all these “Daughter” name books, so I wasn’t completely sure what book this was when I opened it up on my Kindle during our first of many hour-long lines at Comic Con. But then there was a robot and robots make everything better, so instead of moving on to something more action packed, I stuck with the slow burn part political, part romance, part sci-fi, all adult book and found myself getting lost in it while convention chaos went on around me.

I suppose the proper blogger phrasing would be that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter gave me feels, lots of feels. Like serious “my heart hurts what is happening” feels. It starts when Cat is a small girl and her scientist father brings home an associate named Finn who will be living with them, working in his lab and acting as Cat’s tutor. There is something a little bit off about him, so Cat immediately decides he’s a ghost and tries several experiments to confirm her suspicions. She is, of course, wrong because Finn is an incredibly lifelike android and he quickly becomes her only friend. The rest of the book follows Cat as she grows up and tries to reconcile her relationship with Finn with the feelings and political views of society in general.

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