The Madman's Daughter - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger
In Wells’ novel, a castaway named Prendick is drifting around on a raft when a man named Montgomery rescues him. Montgomery tells Prendick that he is heading towards the island home of his benefactor, Dr. Moreau. Prendick and Montgomery soon become good friends, and Prendick accompanies Montgomery to the island where he finds out that Dr. Moreau has been performing strange experiments on the animals that Montgomery brings him.
In The Madman’s Daughter, a girl named Juliet Moreau has been working in London, trying to build a new life for herself. Her previous life had been a privileged one, but now Juliet is working a night shift cleaning in a medical academy. Juliet’s father, Dr. Moreau, had been caught up in scandal years ago and had disappeared, plunging Juliet and her mother into a life of poverty. Now Juliet’s mother is dead and she is all alone. However, when Juliet finds her missing father’s young assistant, Montgomery, Juliet is determined to accompany him to the tropical island where her father supposedly continues the gruesome experiments he was accused of starting in London.
On the journey to the island, they come across a castaway named Edward. Montgomery agrees to take Edward to the island with them, although he warns them that Juliet’s father does not welcome strangers. Later, Juliet finds out that the strange animal cargo she and Montgomery brought to the island is being used in her father’s laboratory, and that the disfigured islanders may be connected to her father’s experiments.
My least favourite part of the book was the fact that Juliet finds herself in a love triangle with Montgomery and the castaway, Edward. I thought it detracted from the main plot of the novel, as Juliet could not make up her mind and kept switching between the two of them.
I thought some parts of the book were a little gruesome, but it was still very enjoyable, and different from the genres I usually read. I would recommend this novel to people who like stories full of adventure, but also to people who like to ponder upon what they read, as there is some content in the book that made me stop and think about the ethics of the characters’ actions.
While reading this book, I was reminded of Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson and Winterspell by Claire Legrand. The library has all of these novels, and I strongly encourage you to check one or more of them out as I found them all very enjoyable.