The Body Electric by Beth Revis (ARC Review)

Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Publication Date: October 6th 2014 by Scripturient Books
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

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’ve been enticed by this book’s amazing cover design so when I discovered it was up on Netgalley, I immediately looked it up on Goodreads and saw some great ratings and decided why not give it a shot?

The idea of hacking into someone’s brain or memories, even dreamscapes, is not foreign to me. How could it be? I’ve seen a lot of sci-fi/action themed movies that touch that concept and it’s kind of amazing. Creepy and unethical if you really think about it but as long as it remains fictional, it’s really cool.

“Maybe there aren’t any answers. Maybe there never are.”

The Body Electric tells the story of Ella Shepherd, a teenager who’s life kind of revolved around science. Her parents both have contributed significantly in science and technology, particularly creating androids/clones and accessing memories through reveries, and she adapted into it. Everything seemed normal until she realized that the people she knew might not be human at all.

I figured Ella as a really interesting character. I like the way she was written because even though she conforms to their society’s norms, she still questions things that needs questioning. I like her chemistry with Jack from the start. Jack was really interesting too! I like the way he acts around Ella. He’s strong but cautious and gentle at the same time. He made me swoon a couple of times too! Hahaha

You don’t know what it’s like,” he says finally, his voice so low I can barely hear it. “To have loved you the way I loved you, and for you to not even remember who I am.”

The story was quite catchy and interesting that it really kept me reading all night long. Along
with Ella, it made me question things too. Sometimes answers were predictable but most of the time they’re not and the revelations were shocking that it left my mouth hanging and I had to reread parts again to make sure I get them right.

The only issue about the book was that I wish the the other characters were given more depth. It felt like I was just skimming through them and I end up overlooking them.

Overall, this book was one hell of a ride. I really enjoyed reading it, despite my headache. Haha! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi novels/movies.

“Science can make a heart beat, ” Jack says softly, each word falling on me like a caress. “But it can’t make it race.”

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