Set My Heart to Five

Simon Stephenson (Author)


"Science fiction satire in the Vonnegut mold."--Cory Doctorow


'A beautiful, funny, heartfelt analysis of what it means to be human.'--Simon Pegg

'One of the most unique books ever crafted.'--Mike Chen, author of
A Beginning at the End

Set in a 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.

One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared notices a strange sensation around his eyes. Bots are not permitted to have feelings, but as the theater lights come on, Jared discovers he is crying.

Soon overwhelmed by powerful emotions, Jared heads west, determined to find others like himself. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared's new life could come to an end before it truly begins. Unless, that is, he can somehow change the world for himself and all of his kind.

Unlike anything you have ever read before, Set My Heart to Five is a love letter to outsiders everywhere. Plus it comes uniquely guaranteed to make its readers weep a minimum of 29mls of tears.*

*Book must be read in controlled laboratory conditions arranged at reader's own expense. Other terms and conditions may apply to this offer.

Product Details

$27.99  $25.75
Hanover Square Press
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Stephenson is a former Pixar screenwriter and an author based in Los Angeles.


"Set My Heart to Five is about as funny as any book I can remember reading, but it's also so much more than that: a manifesto for those of us who've always felt a little different, and a meditation on the profound connections that make us human. Stephenson's voice is hilarious, truthful, and wholly unique. I promise that you'll fall in love with Jared from his first, enthusiastic "Hi!" and that you'll never want to let him go."--Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding and Honestly, We Meant Well

"Set My Heart to Five is one of the most original, funny, and heartwarming stories I've read in years. This novel has it all--humor, insight, social commentary, romance, Hollywood, the end of society as we know it, old movies, and classic cars. Jared may be a bot, but he feels emotions more acutely than most humans. I loved following him through the pages of this clever and poignant novel. Set My Heart to Five will set your heart well past that. It certainly did mine."--bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays

"Both whimsical and lyrical, Set My Heart to Five is an astounding examination of the human condition and all the things that make it up: curiosity, duty, art, dreams, and -- of course -- love. It is, much like its hero Jared, made up of both laughter and tears, and one of the most unique books ever crafted."--Mike Chen, author of A Beginning at the End

"A beautiful, funny, heartfelt analysis of what it means to be human."--Simon Pegg

"A funny, original, thought-provoking debut...It's wistful and sharp, particularly on what it really means to live."--The Daily Mail (UK)

"Follows in a great literary tradition of satire...It's rare for a novel to be genuinely funny and truly touching, and also raise significant philosophical questions. You should read this with unadulterated pleasure."--Scotland on Sunday

"Jared's mechanical coming-of-age brings to the forefront the things that make life worth living as Stephenson delivers an amusing commentary on logic, love, and feeling. This entertaining and surprisingly poignant story is a charmer."--Publishers Weekly