The Subject and the Scientist

A Novel by Montana Stayer

Description: The Scientist’s daughter was dying and he was desperate to save her by any means necessary. He illegally and artificially created the Subject, the perfect donor body, but was taken by surprise when the Subject turned out to be a fully conscious child. Faced with the choice of taking care of the child he accidentally created or saving his daughter, the Scientist chose the latter. He kept the Subject locked in the basement with full intent to kill her to save his daughter. The Scientist’s plan ultimately failed and his daughter died, leaving him with the ‘thing’ that was meant to save her. It’s been years since his daughter died and the Scientist has kept the Subject locked up alone in the basement, refusing to acknowledge that she is a child and treating her strictly as an experiment. He keeps a rigid routine when visiting her and attempts to be completely objective, which proves to be difficult as the Subject has grown to be a very friendly child who insists on trying to build some sort of relationship with him. Nothing’s changed in a long time. The Scientist begins losing sleep because of his worsening mental and emotional states and his exhaustion leads to mistakes, which cause problems with the Subject. When the Subject’s health starts rapidly deteriorating because of him, the Scientist’s forced to reconsider his objectivity but he is adamant about remaining indifferent, endangering the Subject’s life.

Alright…. well….The writing style was odd, It felt really cold and impersonal. It was hard to feel anything for the scientist or the subject for that matter. It was stiff and formal. But I was able to put that aside, it added a sternness to the story and made it very blunt, which I think the author was going for. The scientist is a messed up dude, he has some major issues with his life and is probably some type of bipolar or something..either way, he is truly an asshole… I get that he wanted to save his daughter, but first of all, he went about it in the wrong way and now he’s basically got a child imprisoned in his basement. She was meant to be spare parts to save his daughter (it’s never mentioned what was wrong with her so I’m not sure what parts he needed) but she died before he could save her, so now the sight of the experiment (clone? Since she looks exactly like his daughter) sickens him…He spends the entire book mentally and physically abusing her, he even admits many times that he’s abusing her. It’s absolutely horrible. There’s also a ton of unanswered questions, how did she learn to talk or to read? The scientist spends as little time with her as possible, I can’t imagine him sitting there teaching her math and her alphabets. I really liked the idea of the book, the premise is why I wanted to give it a read…but I felt like the actual execution of the book fell a bit short. And the ending… just ended, nothing was solved. It just all of a sudden stopped. He says goodnight to her. That’s it. Done.

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