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.
Jason – the organic, unfeeling, unmoving, extra-terrestrial
Computer – the inorganic, sentient AI (artificial intelligence) inside Jason’s head
Okay, just so you know, listed above are two separate entities but are part of one human body. Jason had been born by human parents after being sent to Earth. He lived like any normal human being. But he was very much different from all of us. He and Computer had difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and what to do with them. Jason didn’t know anger, fear, sadness, joy disgust. He was like Riley from the Inside Out the animated movie. The only difference was, those emotions never surfaced in Jason’s life.
For example, when the character Raymond, said to Jason:
“I’m going to find what school you’re in and I’m going to join. I’m going to beat the crap out of you and make sure you live in fear. See you later, boy!”
Now, if someone whispered these words to you, you would either retort back with menace and sarcasm, or shiver in fright. But Jason? Aargh, he’s hopeless. He just stood there, unmoved. I want to bonk his head and tell him, hey you should run for your lives because you are being threatened. But no.
This is what I like in this book. Jason’s character is consistent with his personality. It came to a point when I also didn’t want to feel anymore, after all those issues he’d been through. And as time passed, he was slowly building something inside himself. And I started feeling hopeful for him. Soon, the mission he was sent to do is at hand. But would he ever achieve and accomplish it?
This book is awesome and very original. I loved all the characters, even the bullies and the other aliens and even the sister who could be so irritating at times. I loved how Arnulfo Cantarero invoked those feelings in me, like he knew which button to push. The author was able to make the reader (me) feel what it’s like to be asleep and be awoken. I loved the action-packed adventures Jason had to go through. Priceless! Emotions is definitely one for the books!