Finn has been given some extra special human abilities…*wink wink, nudge nudge*

The Mad Scientist's DaughterThe Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was kind of a strange one. I wasn’t overly keen on the writing style and the way info was imparted. It was very cold, clinical and minimalistic.
It had elements of AI and Bicentennial Man now and again. The emotional attachment from machine to human, the human connecting with the machine on a personal level and the machine wanting to be more than what it is.
The relationship between Cat and Finn didn’t sit right with me.
It wasn’t because of the human and robot issue though. What I found slightly dodgy was the fact Finn had been around as a friend, confidante and carer since Cat was a small child. That gave their subsequent romantic relationship a tinge of incest. If Finn had been a male human carer/friend living in the house whilst Cat was growing up, who decides to have a romantic relationship with the child he has helped to raise, then it would also be considered more than odd. Had the author had Finn join household as an adult male after Cat turns 18 then it wouldn’t have that inkling of wrong. Finn acts like a fully grown male in every way. I also felt the whole enjoying the physical aspect via special tap and slap function a little bizarre.
Other than that the story actually became more interesting as it went on. Cat and her emotions towards the TinMan are a work in progress.
Of course inevitably the issue of whether a robot with human elements is just a new type of human and possibly our future popped up. Can society treat them like tin cans if they are given the ability to can feel emotions like humans do and act upon those emotions? Or will society always treat them like an advanced microwave with the ability to think independently.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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