“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
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.
Author: David Meredith
First Published: 09/07/2017
This Edition: 09/07/2017
Date Started: 10/09/2017
Date Finished: 11/09/2017
My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ✨ (4.5/5)
I was approached by the author of this book, who kindly gave me a paperback copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Aaru is a YA/New Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi book, which is the first book in the Aaru Cycle book, I’m not certain if there will be a second book, but I hope there is as there is things I need to know! It didn’t take me very long to complete this book, it does have you wanting to know more about it, when I looked up this book before proceeding, it seemed incredibly interesting and I needed to give this book try. I wasn’t disappointed, it was intriguing and the cover draws you in!
Aaru is done from two points of view, two sisters, Rose and Koren. Rose is sixteen and she is dying and will never recover. Koren is thirteen, the younger sister who suffers from her sisters death. Before Rose died, a man comes into her hospital bedroom and takes a 3D scan of her brain and hooks her up to a lot of wires on her head so that they can scan her memories pretty much as they tell her to be happy and get all her family and friends to join in on the day to make it the best day ever. Later Rose dies. Her parents and sister mourn her death but then Mr Adams contacts the family again and tell them that they can see Rose again. She’s pretty much in virtual reality called Aaru, where they can speak through a monitor, like Skype I suppose. But there’s a man who calls himself The Magic Man, because of Aaru, Koren has become a public figure at the young age of thirteen, thrust into the spotlight and became a celebrity, getting horrendous abuse from some people and adored by others but The Magic Man is something different altogether.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed this book, it was different, I hope that there’s a second book for this as it was good! I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy a futuristic sci-fi, fantasy book, I see this as more of a sci-fi rather than fantasy. If you want to know more about this book you can message me or follow the links below!