The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is fresh new take from elements from The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells, and making the setting Latin America. The message of man shouldn’t play God is still the main message. In the Island of Dr. Moreau there was good and bad creature that were punished if they were human acting, this story most of the hybrid (animal and humans mixed are all good just misunderstood. Three characters from the The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau, Montgomery, and Moreau’s daughter Carlota who did not have a name in The Island of Dr. Moreau and was not his daughter. The big change in this one is how the hybrids are created inserting the mixures in the womb instead of like in the Island of Dr. Moreau where it takes humans and starts changing the genes. This book also adds the element of human rights and political uprising, which is the main point of focus in the new story. The characters of Montgomery and Carlota are really interesting and the two perspectives we follow in the story. The book is a good slow burn but the pace is too slow. The hybrids are talked about more than being seen which I felt was the biggest disappointment. The book is more of a character study but not on the hybrid’s and their the most interesting thing when we think of the Island of Dr. Moreau. There is a nice twist with the hybrids which I liked and brings this story closer to the classic. The climax is the only action the story has and it was pretty good but not worth the wait. Another highlight is the writing and the prose which is beautiful adding a gothic touch to the words. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was published on July 19 2022.

Plot Summary: Montgomery is a broken man hired as a hunter and the muscle of Dr. Moreau’s complex, but he soon starts to see more in common with the hybrids than humans. Carlotta is a girl hidden away that longs for the love she’s read in her books. She’s ever left the complex and has grownup with two of the hybrid’s that are like brother’s and sister’s. When the son of the main investor comes to the complex seeking men to rise up against the indigenous rebels, he becomes smitten with Carlotta. Montgomery sees what the man is trouble and just wants her for her beauty not for love. Dr. Moreau who is not delivering on the Hybrids as slaves to the boy’s father sees a wedding with the son as a blank check and time for his resources. When the son visits Carlotta he doesn’t stay where he’s should and has it out with Montgomery, the hybrids who like Mongomery intervene in the fight and has consequences when the son knows the secret and his pride is hurt. There’s a big twist that changes the novel that I didn’t mention.

What I Liked: I liked the beauty in the words and the setting. I love what was added to Montgomery’s character and what got expanded on. I what they did with Carlotta and how her character is a part of the original novel. I liked them adding the politics of the 1800’s. I liked the twist with the serum and what it really is. The big twist was good but one I saw coming.

What I Disliked: The the hybrids are rarely featured, which is a shame. The big twist was hard to follow I get the gist but the descriptions could have been a lot better. The pace is way too slow for this novel the beautiful writing only goes so far.

Recommendations: The story was beautiful but really slow. I liked some of the elements added but felt that the biggest element of what makes the story a classic was missing. This is my second novel that I have read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I liked it slightly more than Mexican Gothic but it had the same pace problem. I rated The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 3 out of 5 stars.


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