[Review] Aaru By David Meredith

Aaru By David Meredith Published: July 9th 2017 "…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain a...

Aaru
By David Meredith
Published: July 9th 2017

"…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…"
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

I recieved an arc of this book in exchange of an honest review.
I love stories that make me feel, remember about things that matter in real life despite it being fictional. And this book is definitely it. David Meredith succeeded in bringing me (and most probably a lot of the other readers as well) to tears. The heartbreak, pain, loss and hope in this story felt so honest and well written that I just can't help imagining myself being in that position.

Great concept, great character development, great writing style. Definitely (highly) recommended!

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