The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia once again stuns with a reimagining of the story of Doctor Moreau in The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. The book starts as a solid retelling but quickly shifts into its own story being placed in time and space in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. The daughter, Carlota, is a sheltered girl. Having grown up in a remote estate with her father, Doctor Moreau, and his animal hybrids.

A few thoughts:
The ending is great the plot escalates well
The afterword gives you insight into Moreno-Garcia’s process and it is so so good

The delicate balance of their lives is shaken by the appearance of Eduardo Lizalde. He has come to see the experiments and understand what his funding has created. Carlota seeks answers to some of the biggest mysteries of her father’s work while all that Doctor Moreau has toiled for hangs in the balance.

When reading Moreno-Garcia’s work, her point of view on colonialism and exploitation shines through. I have had the pleasure of listening to a talk by her recently. Her intellect and the way she deftly weaves these themes into the narrative are spectacular.

Thank you to Del Ray for providing an e-Arc of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for my review.

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