Aaru by David Meredith

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Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads Description: Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear. She is sixteen years old. Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model. Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale. What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

Rating: 4/5

I’m normally not a fan of sci-fi. But with that being said,I was immediately sucked into Rose and Koren’s unique world(s). It was well written and powerful, many times I found myself in tears over the unfairness and the powerful emotions that flew off the pages. David Meredith does a fantastic job of covering difficult and challenging subjects. He uses a lot of detail in his book making it easy to relate to both Rose and Koren, along with their parents.

Overall, I highly recommend for thosewho love sci-fi and maybe for thoseof you that don’t.

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