Friday, March 13, 2015

BNG FRIDAY: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Leandra Wallace

Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions. All revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.

Today, I'm spotlighting one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology.


The Mad Scientist's Daughter


Leandra Wallace

Sixteen-year-old Viala Chesney keeps her inventions a secret. Because when you're the daughter of a mad scientist who committed murder, it's better that way. The last thing she wants is for people to think she'll turn out just like her father. Not that there are many places to hide when you live on a starship.

Starved for company, Viala invents a way to talk to a boy left in a coma following a shuttle crash. But what she discovers leads her to stumble upon a plot that endangers everyone aboard the ship. And it's up to her to stop the threat - before it's too late.


First of all, I love stories set on starships, so this one caught me right off the bat with its awesome setting. I'm also a sucker for stories about inventors. Not only did The Mad Scientist's Daughter have all these cool elements, but it was really well written and had a really intriguing mystery at its core.

Leandra Wallace is an Indiana girl with a love for vanilla in her pop, shiny things, and ampersands. Whenever she sees an old abandoned house, the compulsion to go explore is right behind it. Thankfully, common sense always prevails, or she might have died from snake bite or a falling roof 
years ago. She coincides with her husband, son, and a small black dog, dreaming of one day being a full-time author. And eating calorie-free desserts. 

"Mathematics created all sorts of anxiety for me as a kid in school. Being able to contribute to a girl's future that not only excels at mathematics and the sciences - but enjoys it as well - is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for me."



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