Emotions by Arnie Cantarero

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

Goodreads Description: Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been genetically and cybernatically 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.

Rating: 4/5

Science-fiction stories usually aren’t my number one choice for reading. However, this story is truly DIFFERENT from everything else I have read! The story gripped me from the start although at times I did get lost. I found the writing style to be perfect. At first I couldn’t click with Jason but after a while I started to love him. I was able to feel how emotionless Jason was in the way that he spoke and thought. As the story progressed Jason starts to experience more in his life, the style of writing starts to transform. The author did a great job of letting the reader feel like they were growing up with Jason and experiencing what he did first had. This is obviously a VERY unique idea for a story, and I immediately grew excited about the concept. It was amusing to me how in this story, the author gave the humans the “upper hand”. To think that these life forms could need ANYTHING from us that they hadn’t already had was a great idea.

Overall I would recommend this book to sci-fi lovers and those who are on the fence.

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