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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was ins ...more
When Rose dies of cancer her younger sister is em ...more
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 ...more
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...
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 ...more
Aaru is a super system created by Elysian Industeies. A place of no pain, ju ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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.
I have to admit, it took me q ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As I got into this novel I found that it was not what I expected. I thought it was young adult ...more
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 ...more