Aaru: The Aaru Cycle Book, #1 by David Meredith was published on July 9th 2017 by Bowker and is a sci-fi fantasy novel. “…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.
About the author: David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English. Amazon Authors Page Facebook Goodreads Author Page
My thoughts: AARU is a sci-fi fantasy novel that as death and the unknown in the forefront. The fear of death or someone you love dying is a very overwhelming pain for the fear of not knowing. Not only do you miss that person but it can crush inside and out. Rose is a young girl with her whole life ahead of her full of happiness. That is until she is diagnosed with cancer and her health starts to decline quickly. The loss that her family faces is devastating and the hardest is accepting Rose’s fate. This pain is especially hard on Koren, her younger sister. She just cannot imagine a life or future without her sister. However out of nowhere a man enters the picture with a promise for a way out, a way to save Rose. While no one understands the technology to save her life, they agree. This is where the story really picks up speed. I found this novel to be full of heart breaking loss, hope, love and a desire to try to save the one you love. This book will draw you in and really make you think about life in general. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **