Fantasia, Ficção científica, Meredith

Aaru by David Meredith

Plot summary:
“…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. 

Review:
For starters, I have to say that I found the idea of Aaru amazing. This book shows us and makes us questioning: What comes after we die? Is there something more?
Aaru shows what could happen if we created a technology that would upload the souls and conscience of our loved ones to a database and in there they can live forever, they can be immortal in a digital world.

Quotes

Mais em geral, a experiência já nos demonstrara infinitas vezes a inutilidade de qualquer previsão: para quê atormentarmo-nos a prever o futuro, se nenhum acto nosso, nenhuma palavra nossa, poderia influenciá-lo minimamente? (…) a nossa sabedoria era «não procurar entender», não prefigurar o futuro, não nos atormentarmos acerca de como e de quando tudo acabaria: não fazer perguntas a outros nem a nós próprios.

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