REVIEW: Aaru by David Meredith (2017)

Aaru by David Meredith
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Length: 287
Published: 2017
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via GoodreadsRose 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 supercomputer 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 Review: 

 

 

Continue reading

top 5 wednesday: favourite mentors and teachers

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m currently on holiday on the Isle of Wight, woo! This is one of my favourite places in the world so I’m really excited to be spending the next few days here. I’ve brought an ambitiously large stack of books with me that I’m sure I won’t read through, but it’s better to be overprepared with reading material I think!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Favourite Mentors and Teachers. I tried to include a good selection of characters from a few different genres, but it seems as though my favourite mentors come mostly from the fantasy genre. This is probably because ‘The Chosen One’ trope often found in fantasy novels tend to include a mentor character guiding the protagonist through their journey. I’ve added a more ‘evil’ mentor on the list to mix things up and one mentor who doesn’t want to be a mentor at all. So I hope you enjoy this week’s list! Let me know who your favourite teachers and mentors in literature are in the comments!

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

Continue reading

REVIEW: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 256
Published: 1988 (first publication), 2016 edition read
Author: Goodreads and Website

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads: Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time – from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and string theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders. 

Since its first publication in 1988, and it’s last revision in 1996, there have been some remarkable new discoveries in physics. This new edition includes updates from Stephen Hawking with his latest thoughts about the No Boundary Proposal and offers new information about dark energy, the information paradox, eternal inflation, the microwave background radiation observations, and the discovery of gravitational waves.

My Review: 

Continue reading

New Finds Friday, Week 5

This week I’m celebrating one month of New Finds Friday! I’m really glad I started doing this in February as I’m now feeling way more organised with my Goodreads to-read shelf. I’m taking more care in deciding what to add and what types of books I really want to be reading. It’s also handy to be able to look back at my posts and see what books I was really excited about. So overall I’m super happy I committed to reflecting on my weekly book finds every Friday.

I have a new batch this week that I’m excited to start reading soon. My current stack is growing quite high and I should probably stop buying books on Amazon every 5 minutes, but there’s always room for more! Let me know if you’ve read any of my new finds in the comments!

As a reminder, if you want to join in on my weekly New Finds Friday posts, here are the very simple rules!

RULES

  1. Choose any books you’ve added to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf from this week.
  2. Mention why you added it, where you heard about it, and when you think you’ll read it.
  3. Tag ‘New Finds Friday’ creator Ashley in Wonderland. I want to read your post!
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

Continue reading

top 5 wednesday: favourite science fiction & fantasy in other media

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is a bit different since it has absolutely nothing to do with books (gasp!). The suggested topic of “Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy in Other Media” was both a surprise and welcomed change of pace for the usual Wednesday topics. As lovely as fantasy is, I’m a huge science fiction fan and will be focusing on five of my favourite science fiction films for this week. Sorry fantasy lovers!

Narrowing down this list ended up being hilariously stressful for me and I thought long and hard about what I wanted to include. It also took everything in me not to include Star Wars. So let’s just pretend the original trilogy is on this list anyways.

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

So here are my very carefully selected Top 5 Favourite Science Fiction Films:

Continue reading