Book Review: Aaru by David Meredith

Dear Bookworm,

This weeks week was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

You may recall I reviewed David Meredith's first book, The Reflections of Queen Snow White, sometime last year (read that review here if you missed it!). When David reached out to me to read his newest novel, Aaru, I eagerly said yes! 

Rose Johnson is dying of terminal cancer. Her days are spent bed ridden in a hospital, totally dependent on her nurses for even the most basic of tasks due to her ill state and weakness. Rose has given up hope of a miraculous recovery and wishes to just die in peace, until a strange man, Mr. Adams of Elysian Industries, shows up with a new trial technology that he says, will save her life. At the behest of her sister, Koren, Rose reluctantly agrees to this last ditch effort. What transpires next is groundbreaking.

Rose's brain is scanned and uploaded into a computer mainframe, a digital utopia called Aaru. After her physical body dies, Rose is alive and well within Aaru, able to communicate with her family through a computer screen linking the digital afterlife with the world. In order to market the groundbreaking success of this technology, Koren is conscripted to be the official spokesperson for Elysian in promoting Aaru to the public. The sisters quickly realize that things are not quite as perfect as they had initially thought as they find themselves embroiled in a cat and mouse game with a dangerously brilliant nemesis who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. 

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Brilliant book! What most struck me about this book was it's uniqueness. As someone who reads quite a lot of books (hello, I have a book blog this should not come as a surprise to anyone) I have never read one quite like this.

The whole concept of a technologically induced life after death was fascinating while at the same time elicited an almost eerie feeling. Sure it all sounds good on paper, but the characters portrayed as residents in Aaru raised some interesting and thoughtful concerns about their existence within the virtual paradise. It was a topic that definitely had me thinking long after putting down the book.

David has a very florid type writing style that evokes strong images and feelings. It is easy to find yourself lost in his words which is always a treat to any bookworm. This book certainly had it's fair share of intensity and danger (TW sexual assault), which I feel I should mention, would not be appropriate for younger readers. Much of the last part of the book was uncomfortable for me to read as an adult and seemed almost too graphic for a book I feel seems marketed to a YA crowd? Maybe it's not marketed to that demographic, but I always feel like books with main characters in the teen ages are?

Either way, just be aware if you are sensitive to that type of material, this may not be the book for you. Overall, it was a really imaginative and interesting read, I would definitely recommend it to my high-school age and up readers. This is book one of a planned trilogy and I have to say, I am excited to see where the series takes us!

See you guys next week!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

Dear Bookworms, 

Author of The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith, actually reached out to us via email in order to review his novel. He provided us with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review, so here ya go folks!

Snow White, now old and gray continues to mourn the passing of her beloved Prince Charming, neglecting her daughter Raven and her upcoming nuptials. 

While ambling around the castle, attempting to find a place where she would be undisturbed to wallow, she comes across her step-mothers desolate quarters, and inside a magic mirror. The magic mirror. 

Snow White relives her past through the mirror and in doing so, rediscovers herself. Throughout the course of the novel she realizes that grief clouds your mind and dulls your memories but by rediscovering them, you can remember how to be strong, brave, resilient, and most of all, how to hope. 

Simply put, this book was magical. I was definitely hooked from page one; the imagery is so vivid and rich I had no problem imagining myself inside the story. I really enjoyed the glimpses back into Snows life and it was refreshing to see David's take on Snow's life in more depth while she was under her step-mothers command as well as after her marriage to Prince Charming (especially the killer wedding night scene! wink wink) 

Her dwarf friends were so endearing, especially Erfruet and I enjoyed the clever names given to them. Not only was the story great, but looking at the underlying themes of overcoming grief and reconnecting with yourself and your happiness, this novel really provides a great message that anyone who has experienced loss can really appreciate.

Thanks David for a really great read! Bookworms, go ahead and snag a copy of this one here and let me know what you think! You can also check out his website here!

XOXO,

Coco 

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