Title: The Aaru Cycle (Book One)
Author: David Meredith
Page Count: 293
Release Date: July 10, 2017
“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 Sad Girls:
School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad – the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?
OK, so I’m going to start by saying I have never been more disappointed in a main character than I am right now. Audrey was a complete disaster and a waste of time and that is treading lightly with my words.
She was a self-centered character who despite the lie she told suffered no true consequences for her actions nor did she show an ounce of remorse for her actions. That was the first alarming thing I noticed. She also seemed to think she should be handed everything and not give anything in return. I was so hopeful that she would learn that this isn’t how life works except in this book it was. She was entirely right. I was shocked to see these opportunities just falling into her lap left and right. None of which she earned or deserved. Read the rest of this entry »