The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
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A story that begins shrouded in mystery, H. G. Wells describes The Island of Doctor Moreau an "exercise in youthful blasphemy." Following the surge in scientific advancement in the 19th century, Wells established himself a mainstay in the emergent genre of science fiction, and turned his sights on medicine and genetic engineering for this classic tale.
Edward Prendick, shipwrecked and then abandoned to his own devices, eventually makes land on a mysterious island off the coast of India. The local proprieter goes by the name of someone Prendick has only heard of in passing: the fabled Doctor Moreau. As he orients himself to his new surroundings, Prendick is horrified to discover that the locals inhabiting the island aren't entirely human…