Published: Jan. 2013
In this story, the mad scientist has a daughter Juliet, who is the narrator of the book. The story begins in London, where Juliet is alone after her mother has passed away. Her brilliant father has left her with nothing and she assumes him dead after a medical ethics scandal outed him England years prior. She discovers he is alive through his former assistant, and the adventure begins.
I did not expect the romance in this book, but looking back I think it tempered some of the creepier aspects. Dr. Moreau uses a method called vivisection, which is dissecting animals while they are alive. This is YA so it doesn't get overly gory by any means, but if you are squeamish or particularly sensitive about animals, consider yourself warned. The vibe is definitely creepy and haunting. Although the middle read a bit muddled, overall I loved the dark, odd world, and how it balanced the source material with an entirely new story from the mad scientist's daughter's perspective.
I'm pretty sure when I added this to Goodreads it wasn't yet listed as book 1 of a series. So when I got to the end, I thought hmmmm... It certainly could end as a stand-alone, but it makes more sense that it's part of a series, and I'm curious what direction the story will move.