Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Arnulfo Cantarero, for an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction
Plot: 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 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.
Opinion: Readers, this book is a GEM! A pearl in an oyster, a four-leaf clover, a curly fry in a box of regular fires, or a one-of-a-kind fortune in a cookie…whatever you want to go with. This story is true originality and finally something DIFFERENT from everything else you have read! Even if you aren’t usually a fan of sci-fi books, I really recommend that you give this a try. It has something for everyone in it, and it is an even-paced and highly entertaining read.
Until Jason Ariaz became the age of 5, he assumed he was human just like his family and everyone else. He soon learns from his internal thinking computer that he is actually an extraterrestrial and that his mission on Earth is to be able to gain emotions. Jason lives his life with his human parents and human sister, struggling as he grows to adapt in a world where he feels nothing. Thankfully for Jason, Computer helps him to slowly fit in with his peers by teaching him etiquette and mannerisms. Along the way Jason learns to make strong relationships with others as he struggles to feel something, or in his case, anything.
Science-fiction stories usually aren’t ever my choice of reading material, but here is yet another book I have been given to review in the sci-fi family that has given me pure enjoyment. Per the description of the book, I knew right away that this was going to be a story I could really get into and keep up with. One of the main reasons I try to stay away from this genre is because the lingo can get lost on me, and I become uninterested very quickly. Due to our main character Jason being our narrator, I found the writing style to be perfect. I was able to feel how emotionless Jason was in the way that he spoke, viewed things, and thought. At the beginning of this story Jason has trouble making friends and relating to humans because of how blunt his speech was. The reader is able to understand that his high intelligence and his lack of understanding vital human mannerisms or speech, is truly what sets his character apart. As the story progresses and 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. I think we can all agree that when we think of aliens or extraterrestrials, we assume that they are much more advance than we are. 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 and I just ate it right up! The author also made a great point of taking Jason’s character all over the world, where he experienced different settings and cultures. He was able to get the full “human” experience and I am glad that his character got to go through various adventures and action scenes. Though his character was very “robotic” in the way that he acted, I became very invested in his character and the characters that were close to him. It is amazing to read the work of a writer that is able to create a connection between the main character and the reader, especially when the main character is stiff and more or less acts like a computer.
Though this is one of the shorter reviews I have written, I don’t feel like there is much else that needs to be said. After reading a few other reviews and seeing comments about typos or grammatical errors, I would like to mention that the final copy has virtually no mistakes. I am extremely happy that I have found another science-fiction story to dive into, and it really makes me want to explore the genre more. I highly recommend this read no matter what age you are or what your preferred style of book is. We are all looking for something new and different to read, and this book is IT!