I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Body Electric by Beth Revis
on October 6th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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The future world is at peace.
Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.
But not all is at it seems.
Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…
Someone’s altered her memory.
Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
Plot: 5 stars
World building: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way? I felt like it was longer than it needed to be. The whole pace felt leisurely. This did allow for more time for dialogue and character development (no insta-love here!), but there were times that I was hoping for a little more excitement.
I am a HUGE fan of Beth Revis, and fans of her writing won’t be disappointed by this book. It reads smoothly, and it’s easy to get lost in her world for hours. The Body Electric reads as a standalone, but I was so thrilled to see that it also works as a companion novel to Across the Universe! Don’t get your hopes up… it doesn’t involve any of the same characters, and the other books are in fact only mentioned in passing. Regardless, it was nice to reconnect with Amy and the crew of Godspeed, even if only a little.
The Body Electric delves deep into Science Fiction, but is also very relatable to a YA audience. Ella Shepherd is living a tortured life, having lost her father, and watching her ailing mother sicken further by the day. But even her harsh reality becomes unstable when she discovers that she can enter into another person’s memories. I love it when a book makes you mistrust your own judgement. It paints both the good guys and the bad with the same grey brush. How can you possibly know who to trust?! You think you know… but do you really?
Enjoy the mind games!
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