Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle) by Dr. David Meredith

HallsofHel

This is the second book in this series.  I read the first one several months ago, and you can read my review HERE.

This book picks up and smoothly continues the storyline from the first book.  The main characters are still the two sisters with Rose in the virtual world and Koren on Earth.  In this book, we get a deeper and more extensive look into each of their lives.

I had some mixed thoughts about this book.  On the one hand, the storyline is very intriguing, but there were some disconnects for me with the dual personality of Hel and the level of mature subject matter for the age of the sisters. The technology that is presented and easily accepted by the characters had me wanting to know more about how it worked.  The logical side of me had trouble just letting go and accepting without questions.

Most of the supporting cast adds to the plot.  If you like creepy characters, Magic Man might be right up your alley.

There is a hanging ending, so hopefully, all will be wrapped up in the next book.

To find out more about this series and the author, CLICK HERE.

SUMMARY

“… Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment. They are and remain unhappy and low-spirited for the demon waits and waits…” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is a Veda. In Elysian Industries’ virtual paradise of Aaru, that means she’s practically a goddess. She is immortal. She is powerful. A limitless paradise is hers and her friends’ to command. They are free from sickness and pain, old age and death. She should be ecstatic over her prestige and privilege, but the gilded utopia has lost its luster. In a reality where anything can be hers with a thought, and Rose can master any skill instantly with nothing but her imagination, to what can she still aspire? She has all of eternity to fill, but what will her purpose be? Rose adores her sweet, Latin boyfriend, Franco. She loves wiling away endless immaculate days with her friends, but shouldn’t there be more to life than mere play? Also, Rose is dogged by deep concern for her little sister, Koren, the Elysian Industries spokes-model and reality star back in the “Before” world. Though Koren is wealthy, famous, and idolized by millions of adoring fans, her life is spinning out of control. Her parents’ marriage is on the rocks, and the boyfriend of her dreams, Jonas Perry, seems suddenly indifferent. Koren finds her celebrity increasingly isolating, her grueling work schedule exhausting, and the constant scrutiny of her personal life unwelcomed and intrusive. To top it all off, she has regular nightmares about the death of her friend, Kiku, and the still-at-large Magic Man who nearly stole away her everything. Koren and Rose have more to fear from this quarter than they know. Magic Man’s obsession with the teenage idol has not lessened, and he is far from defeated. With vital aid from an unexpected source, his nefarious schemes to make Koren his own and to hack the Aaru mainframe are on track and moving forward. Unless the sisters can thwart his sinister designs, everyone and everything the girls hold dear could be destroyed.

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