Sunday, February 7, 2016

Book Review: Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero

"Several hundred thousand of your years ago we engineered emotions out of ourselves and have spent a millennia trying to put them back in without any success. Whatever we did, went beyond genetics, beyond our capacity to understand. We have no pride, no hate, no anger, and no fear but at the same time, no laughter, no joy, no love, no imagination. I am an emotionless being in an emotional world. A rough combination to say the least."
- Arnulfo Cantarero, Emotions 

When the author of this book sent me an email requesting a review he also sent a synopsis. It sounded interesting and I accepted the request. The plot for this book is a very unique science fiction story that raises a lot of questions about your own emotions. 

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been enhanced but that's only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living amongst us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years. Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes and he has been able to forge true friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight, unless he can recover what his species has lost.

We spend two-thirds of the book in Jason's past. The main part of the book does happen at his college graduation but a lot is explained in his past. Seeing how he got where he is. The earliest we see him is seven years old. We see him move to a new house and start at a new school. I loved how we got to see how his unemotional state was affected by age. 

Emotions are something we've always had. They're just there. Sometimes you wish you could live without fear or forget your pride for a little bit but feeling love and joy is something that makes life worth living. I loved how Arnulfo took on this book and we got to see someones struggle with his lack of emotions. There are a few obvious scenarios we could think of but how would you react to a death threat or a fight or a confession of love without emotions?  That is something I enjoyed seeing throughout this book.

One of the things about this book was that it flowed really well but there were a few times were the author was really blunt. So blunt it would make me cringe. I also found myself wishing for a bit more action. Since Jason has an implanted thinking computer he spends a lot of time in his head and a lot of the book is his thoughts. 

Ariel got on my nerves a little. She just seemed a little to helpless. The rest of the characters were really interesting though. I personally liked Stephanie. Jason of course got extremely frustrating at times since he lacked emotions. There were a few times where I wanted to smack him but hey it all worked out in the end.

I had a few issues with this book but the plot was so thought provoking I let it slide. If you enjoy science fiction with a bit of a twist then I'd recommend this one to you.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Author: Arnulfo Cantarero
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: 2015

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