Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 482 pages
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Publication Date: October 6th 2014
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book
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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.
So who can she trust?
I was so excited to read new Beth Revis since the Across The Universe series is one of my favorites and The Body Electric did not disappoint! Although I never fully connected to Ella or any of the characters for that matter and the romance left a lot to be desired…this was still a huge win for me.
The world building was phenomenal. I loved the imagery of New Venice, the upper and lower levels, the district of floating boats …
What can I say: Beth Revis is a master storyteller and she builds such intricate, well developed and rich worlds…..I was sucked in from the beginning despite the slow pace at the onset of the novel.
The writing is also fluid and colorful…there is something about Beth’s writing that just makes me want to take my shoes off, curl up and dive in…I feel perfectly at home in her books and have to force myself to come up for air. I was sucked in from the beginning despite the slow pace at the onset of the novel.
And then there is the “science”. Androids and nanobots, and reveries and floating cities. What is already and what could really be? She makes Science Fiction fun and accessible…and at the end…makes it feel so real that you’ll start questioning where the science ends and the fiction begins.
And can I mention the “Easter Eggs”? I think I shouted out loud when I noticed the couple of Across The Universe tie ins. How cool that we have this wonderful stand alone book (Yes, you heard that right…I was thrilled to learn that this was a stand alone. Truth be told…I think there are just way too many series in YA literature!!) and yet we can still feel that connection to Across The Universe!!
I wouldn’t have minded a bit more explanation about Ella’s hallucinations/reveries and her father…but honestly…the questions that I’m left with are part of why I enjoyed this so much. It left me thinking wondering, and still a week later…putting the pieces together.
Was It Worth My Time?
Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.
- Complete signed trilogy of the Across the Universe series
- A signed copy of The Body Electric
- An Across the Universe branded water bottle (image attached)