Tuesday, October 3, 2017

[Book Review] Aaru by David Meredith

Aaru by David Meredith book cover

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. 

Aaru by David Meredith

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. 

My thoughts:
I have to admit, it took me quite a while to really get invested in this story...

But when I hit the 50% mark, I could not put this book down! I did not see the turn that was going to be taken, and it totally threw me. To be totally honest, I wasn't planning on reading the rest of the series until that point. But now, I definitely need to know what happens next!

Beware, the negatives: 
Three quick things (all of which could simply be a result of my busy personal life, I'll have to reread sometime to figure that out!):

  1. Like I said above, the first half of the book was a little slow to me.
  2. I found the writing to be a bit repetitive, especially when it came to explaining Aaru. 
  3. I felt a bit of a disconnect with the dialogue; to me it seemed a bit forced rather than totally natural at times. 

My favorite passages:
…being together started to feel easy. It was these moments of tranquil serenity that Rose liked best- the times when Franco let his guard down and allowed her to get a glimpse of what was inside.

There was no point in wasting her breath. She could read her parents like painted signs. They wanted this and were determined to turn a deaf ear to any complaint…

It was a cool morning with lingering fog, but it was not at all unpleasant. It was one of those mornings that contained an underlying promise, an aura of hopefulness that Koren could just tell, will be realized in a glorious, sunny day.

My final thoughts:
The main storyline of this book will definitely stick with me for quite some time! I highly recommend this for readers that enjoy slow-burning stories that suddenly take a sharp twist that will totally captivate you!

And phew, what a good series opener this is! I am quite excited to see where the rest of the series goes!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite sci-fi?


  1. Great review. I've just started reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Ok, that's fantasy not sci-fi - (just seen your question lol) I brought this, as I received the next one to review and was warned I'd need both :)

    Hope you have a fantastic day!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. It does sound like quite a unique tale. Glad you were able to get a copy so quickly!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! That's so cool that he reached out to you so quickly! :) Glad to hear you liked it as well - high hopes for book two.

    1. Of course! :) And yeah, I was wicked impressed! Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  4. Ah a bit of a shame about the slow start but it sounds like after that this one really did manage to pick up! My fave sci-fi read is always going to be Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

    1. Definitely, this was a fun read!! And oooh! I still haven't gotten around to reading that one, but I'll definitely move it up on my TBR list! :) Thanks for stopping by!