The Body Electric | Review

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Release Date: October 6th, 2014
Genre: Scifi
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Stars

“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.

So who can she trust?”
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*Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I've read another book by this author and overall I enjoyed it. So when I first saw promotion for The Body Electric, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. When it went up on NetGalley, it became a matter of 'how fast could I log in' and 'were my stats good enough to snag a copy.' (After all, I missed out on all those lovely Malaprops preordered copies, and have been kicking myself in the bum since.)

The Body Electric follows Ella Shepherd who finds herself pulled into a side of her city she has never seen before. A side where war and terrorists are more than just stories of the past. It's a story full of danger and intrigue, a story that makes you wonder from the very first page.

I loved Ella right away. (I cannot help it if 'Shepherd' reminds me of Stargate Atlantis and I automatically love her character for that.) She is such a strong character. After her father's death, the care of her dying mother fell to her. At the same time, she has to keep up with her internship at her mother's shop. When she is pulled into this war and then when she meets Jack, there is no turning back for her. But rather than let herself feel depressed or back down, she makes her choice and follows through.

Jack was interesting. I was unsure what to think when we first met him. Everything about their interaction screamed that something was wrong, something was missing. And I could not rest until Ella pried his secrets from him. I had my theories early on, most of which turned out like I predicted, but for a while there was this feeling I was going to hate him when I learned more. Do not ask me why! I really cannot put words to this feeling, it just was there.

As things progressed, I was really drawn into this world.

I love science fiction, like LOVE science fiction. My dream job is a starship pilot/captain. I don't care if I have to become immortal first, but one day I will have my own space ship, thank you very much.

So the world of The Body Electric captivated my inner geek.

I'm not a really a fan of dystopian novels, but this book had more than enough scifi elements for me to be ok with the fact the world as we knew it ended long ago. Technology wise, there is nothing really new in this book. It's all been done before, and yet, Beth Revis does a wonderful job making it feel different.

When all this talk of revelries and reliving memories popped up, my first thought was Total Recall. Was it real? Was it not real? It added a whole layer to the story that I did not even know I wanted in a story until I reached the end and realized how much I loved it.

I won't say much about the plot because I think this is one of those stories that the less you know going in, the more you'll like it. There are a few twists and turns in store, and by the end you'll be wanting more.

As far as I know, The Body Electric is a standalone novel, and things wrap up nicely. But if there were to be future books with these two, I would love to read them.

"Nothing is more important than family. You gonna fight for something, you fight for something you're willing to die for. I wasn't willing to die for my government, Sucessionary or UC. But I was willing to die for my the people I love."

"Only crazy people hallucinate like that. Only crazy people believe their hallucination is real."

"It's amazing how quickly people can ignore the threats of the outside world by simply pretending they don't exist."

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