Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Release date: October 6th 2014
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian
Format: eARC
Pages: 334

Source: NetGalley

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?

The Body Electric is a great sci-fi standalone by Beth Revis. I absolutely adored her Across the Universe trilogy, and I was really excited for this one. Though it didn't exactly live up to my expectations, I did enjoy the book for the most part.

The book is set in around the twenty-fourth century I believe, and a LOT has changed in the world. There was another war, called the Secessionary War, which was worse than either of the previous world wars. And in the aftermath, the Unified Countries were created, along with world government. Ella, our protagonist, lives in the country of Malta. Androids are everywhere, and they perform regular tasks like humans do. Except, of course, they can't think for themselves. Ella lives with just her mother, who has Hebb's disease, which is fatal. She'll do anything to save her mother, even if it risks her own life - and that's when Ella discovers she has the power to enter people's dreams through a reverie, a dream-like state.

Ella's an awesome character, though really impulsive and reckless at times. But she thinks fast on her feet, and she's intelligent. I also found it hilarious how she keeps punching or kicking Jack because she doesn't trust him. At first, anyway. I definitely would have liked to know more about Ella's lost memories, though. Jack was wiped from her mind, and we never really get to see how they were together.

Jack is equally awesome, and it was interesting to see the things he tries to get Ella to believe him. Jack is part of a rebel organization, the Zunzana, and he's trying to get Ella to understand that she's on the wrong side. Jack is sweet and kind and also pretty funny, and I liked the dynamic between him and Ella. I wish we had more of it, though!

The first quarter of the book, and a little after that, is filled with politics, with not too much happening. We don't get many answers, just a whole lot of questions. The pacing felt a bit too slow for me at that point. It picks up later on, when we meet Jack and wonder how he's connected to Ella and her deceased father. But it was only in the last quarter of the book where things started getting really interesting, and that's too late in my opinion. If only this were a duology or trilogy! I feel like things would have worked better that way, and I'd get answers to all the questions I still have.

There are a lot of twists in the book, and I honestly did not see most of them coming. Towards the end it's like shocker after shocker! It was insane but really cool. And it worked well with the plot, though maybe a little far-fetched at times. But then again, this is sci-fi. Anything can happen. Overall, I enjoyed this book (the second half, mostly) and I'd recommend it to Beth Revis or sci-fi fans.

*Thank you to Scripturient Books for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3.5/5

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review sweetie. <3 But aw. I'm sorry you didn't fully love this one :( I loved it a whole lot, hih, but I understand why you had issues with it :) I just adored Jack sooo much. <3 thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

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