Blog Tour: Set My Heart To Five By Simon Stephenson – With Midas

Welcome to my stop on the Set My Heart To Five blog tour! What makes this review even more special is the fact that this is my first tour for 2021! I am so excited to be a part of this and I cannot thank Amber at Midas enough for sending me the book and having me on this tour. So what did I think about this book? Read on to find out!

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Set My Heart To Five book cover. A cartoon man sitting on a bench looking at a movie theater display while a drone hovers above him.

About The Book

Set in 2054 where humans have locked themselves out of the internet and Elon Musk has incinerated the moon, Set My Heart To Five is the hilarious yet profoundly moving story of one android’s emotional awakening. Unhappy with his programmed job of dentistry and inspired by a love of classic movies, Jared sets out on a bold mission: to use the power of his burgeoning feelings to forever change the world for him and all his kind. Unfortunately, Jared intends to do this by writing his own movie, and things do not proceed according to plan…

Unlike anything you have ever read before, Set My Heart To Five is a book for anybody who has feelings, loves movies, and likes to laugh and cry and sometimes do both at the same time. It comes uniquely guaranteed to make its readers weep a minimum of 29mls of tears.*

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About The Book

Author: Simon Stephenson
Genre: Science Fiction, Contemporary, Futuristic
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Date Of Publication: 04th February 2021
No. Of Pages: 448
Format: E-ARC
Source: Tour Organizer

Set My Heart To Five is a charming story about life and humanity. Set in the year 2054, the story talks about a future where Bots and humanity work hand in hand. I love reading books that are set in the near future. It fascinates me to read about what we envision the world to be like in the days to come. When I read the blurb of this book, I agreed to be a part of this tour almost immediately. This book was so entertaining, I enjoyed every bit of it.

Set My Heart To Five tells us the story about Jared. Jared is a bot that was assigned to work in Dentistry. After watching an old movie, Jared discovers that he has “feelings”. What follows is his journey or as he describes it, his “quest” to find his humanity. He hopes that by finding his own humanity, he can change the rest of the world. There is drama and a lot of tension as Jared is hunted down by the Robotics Bureau who want to “set him right”.

The book is also a love letter to Cinema and the movies and there are references to many of the classics. The narration is unique and it did take me some time to get used to it. The author wrote the book as if the story is being told by a robot and he made it very easy for us the realize this. There are a few catchphrases that Jared uses in the book that may or may not get on your nerves.

Final Thoughts

Set My Heart To Five reminded me a lot about the 1999 movie “Bicentennial Man” that starred Robin Williams. If you enjoyed that story then you will love this one. Looking at the GoodReads reviews, the opinions on this book vary from people absolutely loving it to a few who didn’t. And I get it, this book for everyone. But did I enjoy it? Yes! It felt good reading a futuristic story where the Bot’s aren’t the bad guys. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes reading futuristic stories about robots.

About The Author

Simon Stephenson is a Scottish writer based in Los Angeles. His first book, LET NOT THE WAVES OF THE SEA (John Murrays, 2011), was a memoir about the loss of his brother in the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was serialized as ‘Book of the Week’ on BBC Radio 4 and won ‘Best First Book’ at the Scottish Book Awards. Simon moved to the US followed the success of his spec screenplay, FRISCO, a semi-autobiographical story about a depressed doctor who desperately needed a change.  The script was at the top of the Blacklist – an industry-voted list of Hollywood’s favorite unproduced scripts – and opened the door to a screenwriting career in the US.  In 2015, Simon was photographed alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge as one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’.

As a screenwriter, Simon nonetheless continues to be much in demand on both sides of the Atlantic.  He spent two years writing at Pixar in San Francisco, and originated and wrote Amazon’s forthcoming feature film LOUIS WAIN (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy). Julia Roberts attached to his screenplay TRAIN MAN, and the film rights to SET MY HEART TO FIVE were pre-emptively acquired by Working Title Films, Focus Features, and Nira Park’s Complete Fiction Pictures. Edgar Wright is set to direct the film from Simon’s screenplay. 

Want to read this book fro yourself? Find it available for purchase on Amazon (Paperback)*

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