Aaru by David Meredith: 2.5/5 Stars
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 was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am very sorry to the author for taking such a long time to get to this review. I am very grateful to have received this book though.
Let’s talk about some of the things I liked about this book because I know a rating of two and a half stars seems very bad. It’s not though. I really liked David’s writing style. I thought he did such an amazing job at describing things and developing characters. It made it feel easier to connect with the characters because they do seem so real and put together in a nice way. I also thought the beginning of the book was paced very well and it kept my attention.
However, this is where some of the more negative, for lack of a better word, views on this book come into play. The beginning of this book started pretty faced paced and managed to keep my interest, but then as it went along it slowed down a lot. It got to a point where I didn’t think I was actually going to finish this book. I don’t like to leave books unfinished though especially when it’s a book I need to review. The lack of action or even anything really interesting caused my excitement for this book to fall very quickly which is why I never wanted to pick it up and it’s also why it’s taken me so long to actually write this review. Also, by the time something actually started t happen again I just lost interest in the whole story. It was by like page 237 that something finally started to happen and this book is only like 290 pages long. You can probably understand my frustration.
I did like the characters though. I found it easy to like them just the way they were built up and described. David did a great job with developing his characters for sure. I also found it made that easy to get interested in their story. I just wish the story itself didn’t drag on so much for me. I wish it picked up more in the middle rather than slowing down.
I’m pretty sure book two is either out or coming out. However, I don’t think I will be continuing this possible series. It just didn’t hold my interest enough. Which is very disappointing since I did kind of have high hopes for this book as it’s something very different that I haven’t heard of before.
I don’t want to go into too much detail because I want others to read this book and see what they think. If this sounds like something you would enjoy then definitely go for it!! I recommend this book to anyone looking for something unique and to anyone who’s a big fan of description haha. I definitely didn’t dislike or hate this book, but I am disappointed that there wasn’t more to it.