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REZENSION: Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero


author: Arnulfo Cantarero
title: Emotions
publication date: May 15th, 2013


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.

This book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, it took me quite a while to get into the story. The synopsis sounded great, I liked the cover a lot and that were actually the reasons why I thought I would definitely love the book. But unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. I really really wanted to like the book better as I actually did but there are some reasons behind my low rating, which I will try to explain as honestly as possible.

First of all at times I really enjoyed the book. The author did a good job on explaining what the main character Jason actually was and his situation. It was nice to see Jason grow throughout the book and it was very interesting to see how his way of thinking changed and how he interacted with everyone and how he handled different situations. I also thought that Computer was a nice thing to add to the story, Computer was like that little guy in your head that helps you understand things and explains them to you and keeps you from doing stupid things. Also he was very funny at times which I quite liked. I also thought that the slight romance was enjoyable and it was really interesting to see how Jason reacted to all these human feelings since he has no emotions.

I really enjoyed watching him grow up, how he changed from being a kid to becoming a teenager and basically an adult. The backstory was quite interesting and it helped me to connect to Jason since I was able to really get to know him. Jason explores what it’s like to be human and it actually made me question myself what it would be like if humans had no emotions. That would be kind of creepy. These were like the things I really enjoyed and liked but there were also a couple of things that I didn’t like that much.

There weren’t chapter breaks in the book, I mean a new chapter didn’t start on a new page and that was kind of annoying and confusing at times. Also most of the book consists of Jason’s thoughts, which is fine but for my taste it was just too much explaining. I felt like I was inside his head hearing all his thoughts … it was just too much telling. When I read a book I want to visualize the things that are described in the book. Usually when I read a book I feel like watching a movie which wasn’t the case here. It’s too much telling and not enough showing. I just don’t know how to explain it better.

But I think my biggest problem with the book was that it kind of seemed unfinished to me. Reading the book made me feel like reading a manuscript. I mean there were so many spelling, grammar, tense and typos mistakes, even I noticed them and English isn’t even my native language. It was a real struggle to get through the whole book to be honest. I don’t want to be mean or anything and I feel very sorry for saying this but in my opinion, if you are planning on publishing a book you should ask someone to read through it; to make sure that there aren’t that many mistakes in it. It’s not like your uploading a fanfiction on the internet. It’s like a real book published for readers to read it just makes it seem unprofessional. All the mistakes distracted me so much from the actual story that I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

Also there were too many different genres in this book. It’s supposed to be a sci-fi-romance kinda thing but it actually turned into a action story with a hurricane, prostitutes, kidnapping and whatever and it might have been exciting at some point but it was also kind of confusing and just too many things put together in one book. It just didn’t feel right to be honest.

I really wanted to love the book as I was so excited to read it but unfortunately I just didn’t get into it. The story definitely has potential tho. The plot with the emotions and stuff sounds just so interesting, I think with some more work it could become like a very very good book.

But I am still sure that someone who likes sci-fi and action and stuff will probably like the book and enjoy it much more than I actually did. But I am still very thankful that the author provided the book for me to read and review.


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