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(The Aaru Cycle #1)

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"…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
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published July 9th 2017
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I received a paperback copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rose is sixteen and she's dying of leukemia. While she's accepted that she doesn't have much time left, her sister has not. After a mysterious man approaches the family with a new experimental procedure that could actually save Rose's life, Koren does her best to convince Rose to try this one last treatment. This treatment consists of a brain scan that will upload Rose's mind into Aaru, a supercomputer, wh
Jennifer Leigh
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Aaru from David Meredith in exchange for an honest review.
Aaru delves into a world where there can be an alternative to death. This new system becomes the focus of two sisters’ lives. Rose is dying from cancer, and Koren is having to deal with losing her sister. From this, steps in Elysian Industries. They change everything for Rose and make Koren a celebrity. But not everything is as simple as it seems.
David Meredith uses a lot of detail in his this book that makes the cha
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Death is one of the hardest things to deal with in life. The fear of the unknown, the fear for our loved ones and the pain of missing them can be overwhelming and crushing.

In this novel, the pain of losing a child and a sister is at the forefront. Rose is a young girl, her life was full of happiness and promise until she was diagnosed with cancer. Her health quickly declines and we watch as she goes from bitterness to acceptance of her fate - she just wants the pain to end. Like so many people c
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I create a list of books that are going to stay with me for life, then Aaru is definitely one of them.

The pain of losing a dear one and the pangs of separation are something which cannot be easily expressed. Ask anybody who has seen death of a loved one, the instant reply would be "wish I could meet him or her for one last time". The trauma, the scar remain for life.

Aaru deals with the concept of uniting people on earth with their loved one through the virtual world. For further details you n
Jenna Whittaker
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! I love the character development, and David Meredith's writing style is captivating! Highly recommend. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Readers should be warned that the novel contains sensitive, possibly triggering content such as sexual assault (directed towards a minor), stalking, pedophilia, child pornography and exploitation, and suicidal thoughts (i.e. wishing for death) – some of which are to be briefly discussed in the latter portion of this review as well.

If I were to completely condense my thoughts on Aaru, I’d say that while I have generally mixed feelings about it, these feelings tend to gravitate towards the “not my
Pages For Thoughts
All the emotions were raw and honest. Anybody can connect to the family's situation and their emotions. The anger and angst was so powerful that I feel like it punched my heart. Regardless of the specific situation, the feelings explored are universal. The book also explored the negative, exhaustive side of fame and fortune. This is eye-opening, revealing a side of a story not told very often. Aaru is very thought-provoking. Life after death is a huge "what if," and this book really explores a n ...more
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Sci-Fi & Scary
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: request-author

Aaru and I just didn't click, but I do admire how David Meredith uses technology in it. Some of the reasons aren't things that I can say are 'bad', just things that didn't work for me. One of those was that the author chooses to write his character's dialogue in dialect. So you can encounter pages filled with dese, dat, da instead of these, that, and the, etc. I have never been a fan of this style of writing, and every time I encountered it, it jarred me out of the story. It's personal taste. So

Nada Hosny
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
E-Arc received from the publisher in Exchange of an honest review

Death no longer exists, Koren. That is what we’ve accomplished! Our bodies will die, but our consciousness, our creativity, our intellectual capacity? All of that can now continue on forever!
Summary: ( This one is a little long, bear with me folks)

Rose, a 16 years old, dying of Leukemia. She Practically lost all hopes to be cured! she even made peace with her fate, she was waiting for her death!  When out of nowehere an old
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

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 interes
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an e-book copy of The Aaru Cycle from the author in exchange for an honest review. Aaru falls under the Young Adult / New Adult genre and combines both Science Fiction and Fantasy elements together to craft a story about an alternate reality in where death is avoidable and immortality exists. This story is an emotional roller coaster of what ifs and could be’s, that much like the characters, will have you questioning everything about existence and whats to come after.

This book was ins
Sara Lucinda
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an interesting idea for a story! What would you do if you could see your family members again after they died? Aaru explores all of the emotions of losing a loved one, and then the surprise of getting them back…in a way. It was a little bit of a slow burn for me, with lots of descriptions and info dumps, but if you stick with it to the end you can see well written characters and a pretty good plot that was unexpected in nature and execution.

When Rose dies of cancer her younger sister is em
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a thought-provoking story. I can see this book becoming the center of a lively book club discussion.

Science and technology are advancing abilities in our world. “Snail mail” has become email. Telegrams became “party lines” which advanced to rotary phones and then smart phones. Sticks & stone tablets became inkwell & parchment. The list goes on and on and continues as we strive to improve information exchanges.

The world of medicine has improved by leaps and bounds, as well. No longer are we
Jenn Bradshaw
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Note: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows:**

Wow... Just finished Aaru by David Meredith. I've had it in my TBR pile for quite a while, as it got lost in a storm of review requests. Sitting around an airport for hours had me flipping through my Kindle files, and I ran across this story, and quickly shuffled it to the top of my (now written) list! And now that book 2 is out... I am trying to figure out how to shuffle some more...

Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf, 2018
The synopsis of this book piqued my interest and it definitely did not disappoint. Immortality is something that I think everyone thinks about from time to time and this book explores this possibility in a unique way of downloading your persona onto a massive super computer called “Aaru”.

The story was very well done…the writing flowed very smoothly and I was engaged from the first page to the last. It had some unexpected moments and ended in a way that would satisfy but also leaves me wanting mo
Jessica Belmont
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aaru is told in alternating points of view between Rose and her sister, Koren. Rose has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and does not have long until the end. The beginning of Aaru struck me hard. I could feel how tired Rose is, and while she doesn’t want to die, she doesn’t want to live, bedridden anymore. Koren, her sister, is thirteen years old, and is terrified of losing her sister. This was gut wrenching to read.

Aaru is a super system created by Elysian Industeies. A place of no pain, ju
Brianna Remus
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aaru is absolutely riveting. Every human on this planet has wondered and questioned if there is life after death. David Meredith has created a compelling idea in which modern science is able to create an afterlife utopia that is tangible and known. Through this story, we follow Rose and her family as she fights an illness that eventually takes her life. The first few chapters raised goosebumps on my skin and brought tears to my eyes with David's description of the pain and suffering that Rose en ...more
Alice Hill
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me, and I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, as it’s not what I’d normally read. But almost immediately, I became engrossed and found it impossible to put down.

Rose Johnson is dying of leukaemia, and her sister Koren’s devastated. A mysterious man in a white lab coat offers a solution, and the family agree to let him try an experiment, even though Rose is too tired and ill to have any further interest in fighting her fate.

Rose dies, the family assume the experiment failed and K
Abi Robins
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Have you heard of this book? I hadn't until the author contacted me and asked if I would review the book. I read the synopsis and thought that it sounded like a really interesting concept, so I said yes. It's a dystopian book, about the possibility of storing the consciousness of an individual (whether alive or dead, as long as they had their data collected before their death) in a utopian world. Our main two characters are sisters, with one who has leukemia and is likely to pass away soon and t ...more
Inkish Kingdoms
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
For a full review check out my blog!

When Imagination is your limit, you know you have no boundaries. David Meredith delivers an artificial world that stretches the limits that shouldn't be broken. Imaginative and geeky are the main attractions of this twisted AR. A world where you can be whomever you want but there are still nightmares that will remind you your lack of existence. - Inkish Kingdoms
Pragashnie Naidoo
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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K.S. Agustin
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aaru is the first book in the Aaru Cycle series written by David Meredith.

Rose is extremely sick. In fact, she is dying. She wants nothing more than for death to claim her and for the pain and agony, she has endured for years, to stop. But her sister Koren would not let go. Not just yet. So, Rose agrees to try one final attempt to save her life, and that is to upload her mind to a super computer called Aaru.

Aaru is a virtual world where the residents can live forever, free of pain, sickness and
Erica Robyn Metcalf
When I saw one of my favorite book bloggers, Lauren of Always Me, review this book, I immediately wanted to give it a go!

Click here to check out Laurens review.

Luckily, soon after I had commented on her blog, the author reached out and offered me an honest review exchange. Needless to say, I in as soon as I could!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

My thoughts:
I have to admit, it took me q
Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
I received a copy of this novel via the author in exchange for an honest review.

This novel started off kind of like From a Distant Star, in the way that I knew for a fact I had never read anything like it before. That held true to the very end. It evoked many different emotions, and I’m still not sure how I feel… other than I know that I really, really liked it. I’m not sure that I would’ve picked this book up off the shelf on my own, but I am definitely glad the author provided me with the oppo
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed, arc
I recieved a copy 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, g
Aug 13, 2017 marked it as quit-it
Aaru was sent to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review, so... here goes.

I read 30 pages and I couldn't do it anymore. I just couldn't. The concept sounds really interesting, but I could not get into the writing style and the formatting. There were inconsistencies in the grammar that drove me bonkers. The characters flashed between moods very quickly and I found the descriptions really dense and blocky. A lot of useless dialogue, and a lot of immediate opinions pushed b
Angie Gallion
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
David Meredith's novel Aaru, sets the stage by putting us in the mind of a child dying of leukemia. It is brutal, her suffering, and Meredith does a very good job of displaying all the many emotions, from anger and grief to regret and finally acceptance. His young protagonists, and there are two, Rose, the dying girl and her younger sister, Koran, are distinct and different. They are nicely portrayed.

As I got into this novel I found that it was not what I expected. I thought it was young adult
Steph Warren
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

Writing this review fresh from finishing Aaru I find myself uncharacteristically at a loss for how to describe it. I really liked it, but was left with a confused impression of what the book was about and what story it was telling. The cover suggests a horror story, and the theme of virtual reality certainly wouldn’t preclude that, but this is not a horror story. Nor is as uncomplicated as suggested by the blurb, which prompt
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Dr. 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 Nor ...more

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