*I received a paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Aaru 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Overall, I enjoyed the premise of Aaru. The storyline and overall premise were super interesting. My day job is in tech marketing and super computers and AI are a huge part of where my company is going, so the whole super computer Aaru part was totally up my alley. Uploading consciousness and AI are always fun dinner conversation in my family, so I’m definitely going to bring up this book next time we have family dinner. Maybe I’ll even get them to read it. The one aspect of this book that was not my favorite was the actual writing. I felt as though it was overly descriptive and it seemed to drag a little bit for me. That doesn’t mean that others wouldn’t like it- it just means that it wasn’t for me. In terms of the way that the writing was, it kind of reminded me a little bit of the Night Circus, which while very different plot wise, description and writing wise, I thought it was really similar.
I’d definitely recommend reading Aaru if you enjoy tech and really descriptive writing!