Set My Heart to Five
Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engin ...more
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I thought I would because the premise is so intriguing.
Imagine a version of our world in the near future where ‘bots’ exist. Bots are androids with human DNA that look and sound human... but obvs are not. They can’t feel like a human does. They are programmed. And in this version of our future they are programmed to do certain jobs and tasks, don’t have the freedoms that humans have. Are prejudiced against etc. Very much thought of as subservient and are ...more
The story takes place in 2053 and is narrated by a bot, Jared. We don't know the entire fact about world conditions. We are told that New Zealand and perhaps North Korea were obliterated, some cities are permanently aflame, all planes in the sky crashed on a single day, and Elon Musk inci ...more
Then Jared goes to see a movie and discovers he is crying. What is going on? What is he capable of? What will those who run the bot world do when they realize Jared may be able to experience emotions?
I loved this book. I knew I was goi ...more
Later: The premise here is perhaps cringey to a certain type of reader: in a near future containing “driverless ubers” but no New Zealand (casualty of a nuclear exchange with North Korea, apparently), Jared, a bot who looks exactly like a human but whose brain is a biological computer and who has no emotions, begins to develop feelings, along with a taste for classic movies. Pursued by an incompetent but dogged jobsworth from the Bureau ...more
This is a love letter for movie lovers.
Jared the bot develops complicated feelings after seeing a bunch of "old movies". These are classics that any movie love would have watched. He doesn't reference them by the titles, but by plots. And he describes them in a hilarious way.
There are also many references to rules ...more
A sublime delve into what it means to be human. Jared's journey of self-discovery (a bot discovering he has developed human emotions and feelings) is one I didn't want to end. It made me want to be a more humane human. I laughed out loud and cried along with every step he took. Jared's 'awakening’ is so precious and perfectly written. His use of the Feelings Wheel makes us question what we are actually feeling at any given time. His des ...more
Interspersing a film script of Jared's life with his internal dialogue, the reader skips forward in time to 2053, when robots are grown (to the optimal of 43 and 'live' until they run down a set amount of years).
Humans have declared the jobs which robots can and cannot do-surprsingly to Jared, because humans are inex ...more
This is a story about a bot who looks just like a human in the future after the “Great crash.” The story of the crash and how it happened is part of the fun of reading the story! Anyways, there are bots doing all kinds of jobs, and Jared is a dentist. Who ...more
Set in a time where the jobs humans no longer want to do are now done by androids.
But, Jared is different, he is interested in humans and their emotions, so with help from a friend, Jared begins to experience feelings himself…..(a little reminiscent of iRobot).
Told by Jared this unique tale is part narration and part movie script….he loves movies. It shows how odd human emotions appear when viewed from the outside.
It’s full of dry humour with a wry look at th ...more
This was a really sweet and uplifting read with a lot of humour and witty observations. Jared was such a lovable character and I enjoyed following his journey to get a film to screen that would show humans that not all bots are bad. It highlights some ...more
Writing: 4.5/5 Plot: 4/5 Characters: 5/5
Jared is a bot. Engineered from human DNA, he lives a productive life as a dentist in Ypsilanti, Michigan and is deeply programmed to serve humans. Until one day … he starts to have feelings. Thus begin his simultaneously hilarious and yet poignant adventures as he heads to Hollywood ...more
First and foremost, it is an utter page turner. Seriously,once you are along for this fun ride, I dare you to put it down - even to sleep. And it literally made me lau ...more
Jared is a dentist but he is also a bot. He has to explain this to people as it isn't obvious. Bots don't have feelings but Jared starts to. He has a friend he confides in and his friend tells him to go watch old films. He rates film in volumes of tears. He is really getting this feelings thing. He now feels he wants - no needs - more from life. But he fears the robotic corporation shutting him down ...more
At first, I didn’t think this book would be for me. The “bot-written-style” through me off, but as I continued, I fell more in love with each page.
The nods to pop culture were refreshing, the original dismissiveness of Jared being like humans was brilliantly done. “Ha” and “I cannot” s ...more
1 I know hes a "bot" but the way of writing is SO SO annoying and hard to read. You'd think a bot could write more like a human. Then again IT aka the bot doesn't seem human like just because it expresses emotions.
the continuous "has!" "humans!" every paragraph mad ...more
This is far too long and boring.
The main character appears to have too describe every fine detail of there life which tends to become repetitive.
This was not for me and is one I did not finish after attempting twice.
The book is an emotional roller coaster ride that you will not forget. It makes you laugh out loud, it makes you cry. But ultimately it’s a beautiful and heartwarming story.
A story that you cannot help but engage your friends and loved ones in a discussion about what it means to be human, handing over a copy of the book so they too can be swept up in Jared’s story and all the references to ol ...more
In 2054, a time past the ubiquity of the internet, Bots are everywhere. They look like humans, but they are still Bots and are considered as not much more than unfeeling slaves. Told entirely from the perspective of Jared, one of those Bots, Set My Heart To Five explores what happens when a Bot develops feelings, and what it means to be human. Using a unique writing style - a Bot trying to imitate a sort of human flow-of-consciousness - interspersed by screen-written moments, Jared and his world...more
That last line of the review says it all.
"Delectably entertaining and deceptively moving, Set My Heart to Five is a profound exploration of what makes us human and a love letter to outsiders everywhere."
I loved this book and its main character. Quirky, entertaining, hilarious, thought provoking and moving.
So, I'm an author and screenwriter (and once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away I was a medical doctor). I am originally from Edinburgh in Scotland but currently live in Los Angeles, California. I've had stops in Glasgow, London and San Francisco along the way.
I like all kinds of books and most kinds of movies (except horror, urgh) and love just about everything that has fo ...more