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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?
Science can make a heart beat but it can’t make it race.
The best thing about Dystopian novels, I believe, is the capability of the reader to escape into a world that isn’t their own. And when this “artificial world” is as vivid and intense as in The Body Electric, getting lost in said book is a given.
While I’m not new to Dystopia, I can say without doubt that The Body Electric is something new and exciting! To start off, Ella Shepherd is the daughter of famous scientists Rose and Phillip Shepherd, both of whom have created devices that are essential to the storyline. Her father was killed in a terrorist attack while he was working in his lab, while her mother has created a machine that allows lucid dreaming. But now, she has been diagnosed with an incurable disease, and she’s dying by degrees. Having only recently lost her father, Ella is now thrust into these most difficult of times and its up to her to find a way to keep her mother as content as possible.
But when a boy accosts her at her father’s gravesite and acts like he knows her, all bets are off.
Part of why I loved the entire concept of the book, were the descriptions. Miss Revis has obviously put a lot of thought into each piece of the puzzle and it’s all come together in a way that I loved. I can actually visualize each part of the book and that, for me, is amazing. It’s exactly what I need in a Dystopia novel—the ability to picture each event of the book for myself.
The important baseline that this book brings in is basically about how the government wants to explore the use of androids and determine exactly to what level these droids can be humanized. And a lot of this “humanization” is done at the expense of human beings themselves.
On the one hand, the book talks about how the government wants to break public morale and send them scurrying into their homes, hiding, and on the other hand, there’s this entire government body that’s risen from the ashes of a war that claimed more victims than WWI and WWII combined. This is the same government that’s made life for people easier. Hell, it’s made everything easier.
So, before the big reveal at the end of the book as to who exactly the “bad guy” is, it’s up to the reader as to what they make of the government. And I loved that. I loved that, as a reader, I had the choice of drawing my own conclusions in a way that influenced how I read the rest of the book.
Ella, as a character, is one I learned to appreciate. She’s one of those people who are an acquired taste—meaning, that you kind of get used to her. I found her annoying in the beginning, with her butt load of insecurities, but she’s young (too young) and she’s just lost her father and her mother is getting weaker by the minute so she’s obviously not in a good place right now. In the second half of the book, though, she’s a strong, determined girl and she doesn’t let too many outside factors influence her decisions. And I really appreciated that about her.
Then the synopsis talks about this “leader of the rebels” who claims that they were in love. Now, this guy was a part of the book that I absolutely loved. He was strong but sensitive, smart but also a bit blinded by love. He was mysterious and shiz, but in the end it made sense, so I’m cool with all the shadowy stuff around him.
There is definitely romance here, but it didn’t overwhelm the book and divert my attention from the story itself, which is something I respected. The romance was present where needed and I didn’t feel like I was drowning in confessions of love or love triangles or god forbid, insta love.
Overall, I loved the view of science fiction that Miss Revis painted and how she was able to tie up all loose ends and even integrate romance into the storyline was amazing. It kind of makes me sad that Ella’s story ends here but well. Sigh. I’m most definitely recommending The Body Electric and if you liked the Across the Universe series, then this one is just the book for you!
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Up for Grabs!
- Complete signed trilogy of the Across the Universe series
- A signed copy of The Body Electric
- An Across the Universe branded water bottle (click to view image)
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.