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The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

12291438The Madman’s Daughter
Megan Shepherd
2013 Balzer + Bray
ISBN – 9780062128027
Genre – Fantasy
Age – High School
3.5 Stars


Juliet is sixteen years old. Her father fled London when she was ten. He was a well known and well respected doctor and surgeon. However, there were rumors abound that he was experimenting with a scandalous medical procedure called vivisection. People thought that he was dissecting live animals and piecing them together to create human like creatures. As far as Juliet knew, her father was dead. Now years later she runs across the young servant who served her family who had fled at the same time as her father. He comes with the news that her father is still alive and living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Soon Juliet embarks on a journey to become reunited with her father. Were the rumors about her father true? What has he been doing hiding on a far away island for all these years?

Very closely based on The Island of Doctor Moreau, the book is pretty unimaginative. However, having never read the original book by H.G. Wells, I found it to be quite interesting. Shepherd’s main difference is that she tells the story from Dr. Moreau’s daughter Juliet’s point of view. I will say that I found it disappointing that she added a girl into the story and instantly a love triangle appeared. The book is horrific in subject, but for the most part predictable, I had the story figured out halfway through my reading. I did, however, enjoy the language and the writing.

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