Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
The book is available now and you can purchase it through Amazon
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
(Barry’s score 2 1/2 stars out of 5)
A favorite line in a romantic breakup is, “It’s not you it’s me.”
While The Mad Scientist’s Daughter has fine reviews, I came away disliking the main character and the story. I was given a review copy from Netgalley for my honest review back in December of last year and I’ve only just now finished it. Pushing through the last part of the book was like a punishment for a sin that I didn’t commit.
Basically, it is a story of love with a non-human creation. That sort of tragic story has been kicked around in sci-fi and horror for decades (Frankenstein, Bicentennial Man, Data Star Trek, etc). However, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter doesn’t deliver on the sci-fi. If it only has a sci-fi facade, is it sci-fi?
Dr. Daniel Novak brings home Finn, a robot, as a companion and tutor for his daughter Cat. At first, it was a cute story, but the pace slowed and turned into a steaming pile of lit. As Cat matured she reminded me of a woman that I had once known, and let’s just say that both Cat and my ex developed into an unlikeable character.
Let’s face it, romance stories are not my cup of tea. Having said that, I have occasionally enjoyed some of them. Sadly, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was not one of those books. On second thought — it’s you — not me. I give it a disappointing 2 1/2 stars out of 5.