Rating : 4 Stars!
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Balzer + BrayISBN : 0062128027 (ISBN13: 9780062128027)
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.
Source : Goodreads
"It's more than that ," I said. " I feel odd sometimes. Like there's something not entirely right about me, as if I've inherited some of Fathers madness. Only now I wonder if its something more..." - Juliet Moreau
It is such a mind-twisting emotion to read a book that naturally interprets every humans and animals anatomy. Bringing too much raw ideas and possibilities of creating another creature is another factor upon The Madman's Daugther.
Upon the start of the story, Juliet is a lady with full of bravery. It is quite surprising to read a female protagonist to be very aware of Vivisection. It suddenly ignites my mind to read more about her thoughts and emotions within every chapter.
As soon as I started reading it, I couldn't help myself to look at my hands and clasp it together then as my body shifts on different positions when I'm reading, I can't help to be more aware of my muscles and tendons as they move according to my movement. That's the wonderful element of reading The Madman's Daughter, it has the ability to make you feel aware in every contractions of your body just because of her bold and raw terms of anatomy.
I was in love with the way Megan Shepherd boldly views the infinite possibilities of creating new creatures. The words and medical terms where intriguing at the core. The most entrancing part of her writing style that I noticed, it's the way she can clearly divert events and make it all surprising at the same time. The words like "mad", "madness" and "insane" were described in entirely different way. It's wonderful to think that those words can bring a whole lot more engrossing on my mind.
Juliet, upon the beginning of the story clearly shows bravery. Well at a young-age being faced on a tragedy for an accused madman father is totally devastating, but Juliet still moves on and continue to live inspite of it. But she still believes the true nature of her father as an innocent who just harshly accused for being too innovative regarding vivisection. I adore that even as a child, she was eager to learn more about the human anatomy and biology. Her curiousity is one factor that this novel is so great.
Montgomery and Edward, ah, hush now dear readers, for Megan Shepherd just created new breed of passionate men for this gothic and horrifying novel. Each of them possess a unique virtue to live and move forward but they have the same goal which is to save Juliet from her fathers madness.
And last but not the least, Dr. Moreau. I need to think twice about this man. Yes, he's a genius for inventing creatures that can surpass humanity and he even did all ways to save Juliet on the verge of we death when she was still an infant, but his ways are horrifying and gruesome. It totally creeps me out everytime he thinks the people who detest upon him are truly crazy. It's scary in all ways.
The Madman's Daughter is a highly-disturbing book in a biological way. It welcomes the readers mind within the place full of unpredictable and gruesome events. In the end, you may want to sit back and feel your veins of being human and all.