Series: The Madman's Daughter #1
The Madman’s Daughter
by Megan Shepherd
Genre: YA (Book 1 in a series)
Format: ARC from Around the World Arc Tours, publication date 01.29.13
Midnight Minute: A YA re-imagining of the classic Dr. Moreau’s Island.
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.
~ The story begins at King’s College, and in particular features the medical program. I’ve read several fiction and non-fiction books that deal with the early beginnings of modern medicine, and for some reason I find it both barbaric and fascinating.
~ At 10, Juliet’s father is labeled a madman and disappears, leaving she and her mother at the mercy of late 1800’s English society… so her mom becomes Fantine, and Juliet becomes an older Cosette. Sadly, there is no singing, and definitely no castle on a cloud. I may have Les Miz on the brain…
~ Juliet is smart and capable, despite her circumstances she hasn’t been beaten down by life.
~ Consumption! Someone dies of consumption, it’s all very sad and tragic. Of course, in those times it was also very realistic.
~ I love that on the back of the book (of the ARC) it says that the trilogy was acquired in a “heated auction”. You go, Balzer & Bray! I bet it was a lot like Storage Wars, and I am eagerly awaiting TLC’s newest hit show featuring publishing houses doling out the big bucks for the next Big Novel.
~ Obviously at some point Juliet must board a ship and go to her daddy’s island and the captain is all “women are bad luck!” and I just roll my eyes. I’ve never understood this particular superstition because winds die down, rocks break the hull, storms suddenly manifest and tear up ships. None of these things have to do with vajayjays.
~ Dr. Moreau is one crazy bastard, and trust me, this is not a spoiler. The man practically bathes in Bat Shiz Bubble Bath.
~ The book is a bit on the slow side, but I found it compelling enough to get me through the slow times. I haven’t read Dr. Moreau’s Island, but I’m familiar enough with the story to know what was coming. Even though this book is directed at YA, it will appeal to an older audience.
~ Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle, although the focus is on Juliet’s relationship with her crazy papa. I liked this triangle because to me it made sense. One girl, the only girl on the island who’s of age, and two young men. Of course there’s going to be feelings and hormones.
~ Despite kind of knowing the story, The Madman’s Daughter still managed to surprise me a little at the end, and I’m wondering where the trilogy is going, since the first book deals with what happens in the original story.
~ How gorgeous is this cover? Seriously, I’m in love! I will definitely be purchasing this book just for the cover!
~ Juliet has an illness, which I assume is diabetes, that she’s able to control thanks to her crazy genius, and it just impresses me how much medicine has changed our lives.
~ I know I’ve said that Dr. Moreau is a crazy bastard, but he’s also a rat bastard. For reals.
~ When things go bad, Juliet’s dad is able to detach completely from his work, and it echoes the coldness with which he was able to leave his family. So add cold bastard to crazy and rat, okay?
~ Alice kind of won my heart, and of all the islanders, she was easily my favorite.
Juliet Moreau– grows up with a loving mother and a genius father, but hers is a story or riches to rags. Has a very scientific mind.
There’s lots more islanders, but if you’re familiar with Shakespeare, than you already know their names.
If you have any interest in the story of The Island of Dr. Moreau, or if you like a little historical fiction with your YA (and a fair amount of gothic-ness thrown in), then The Madman’s Daughter is for you. It’s a little slow moving, but the pay off is worth it. Beware, the book is fairly gruesome!
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