Thursday, July 27, 2017

Aaru by David Meredith (The Aaru Cycle, #1)

by David Meredith

Series: Aaru Cycle - Book 1
Publication Date: July 9, 2017
Publisher: David Meredith
Genre: NA Fantasy
Print Length: 305 pages
Available from: Amazon

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. 

 Aaru by David Meredith (The Aaru Cycle, #1)

Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1)What if you could be re-united with a loved one who has died? Would being able to see and talk to them on a limited basis be enough or would you want more? What if they came to you through the bits and bytes of computer technology? What if somehow their essence of who they are could be preserved before death? Sound too science fiction for you? Sound too much like blasphemy to alter the cycle of life and death through science? What of the soul of a person?

Author David Meredith has created a tale of love, loss and given his tale of that hoped for reunion in AARU and his creation is truly unique in the world of literature.

Young Rose was going to die, medical technology could not save her from the ravages of cancer, but her desperate parents took a chance on a man of science who claimed he could keep Rose alive in a virtual world, completely able to communicate, cognizant of all of Rose’s memories and life experiences. Witness this fantasy come to life, filled with emotion, hope, fear, failure and above all, love for a girl who died to soon and too viciously.

Ask yourself, could you believe in this reality? Would you allow yourself to be prostituted to further the reach of this “miracle of science” to a public desperate for the hope it brings? Rose’s sister, Koren will run the gauntlet of the media and become the puppet to spread the word to a world craving miracles. The cold hard facts of life are that research and development take money and someone must speak for those like Rose, alive, but different.

David Meredith has ridden the edge with this one and has come home a winner! Roiling emotions come to life as each character becomes like a human entity as we wonder, could this ever happen? Would it be life again? Wonderful reading, completely fresh and thought-provoking, as the flawed characters in Mr. Meredith’s tale seem to think, do and say exactly as I would. You will have your heart wrenched from your chest as your mind grasps at the thought: What If?

I received this copy from David Meredith in exchange for my honest & voluntary review.

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