Today’s book is by a wonderful author whose sci-fi books give me all the space squishy feels. Beth Revis is the author of Across the Universe series and her new book The Body Electric is a unique read that takes us into a futuristic world of nanobots, androids and a girl who wants to remember the truth.
Yeah me too!
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?
My Review: In the future, it’s a peaceful world where nanobots, robot molecules, help repel diseases and relive your greatest dreams, androids assist people and the government doesn’t want a war. Who doesn’t? The setting is in the country of Malta, which is nice to see in a dystopian world. Usually it’s the United States and it’s nice to see different cultures. This is where our main character Ella lives working at a Memory spa. At the spa nanobots can make a person relieve their best memory. It’s called the Reverie. With a sick Mom and a deceased Dad she has to take care of the family. But when she inserts herself in her Mom’s memory something happens, she can control the memory. Of course this makes the government curious and they recruits her to spy. She can control memories! Dystopian worlds have corrupt governments and in Body Electric there’s no exception. There’s so much going on throughout the story that I don’t want to spoil much. So I’m keeping mum.
The characters were wonderfully written. We follow the point of view of Ella. She’s intelligent and logical. With the realization her Dad was murder, omg they showed her the video, she begins to question everything. It was nice to see a character who delved into figuring out the truth. She didn’t rely on anyone else. Jack was an enigma. He knew things about Ella. He knew her Dad. Their chemistry was slow and graceful, which was nice to see. Ella didn’t trust him and questioned his every move. Which she should!
Beth did a wonderful job weaving twist and turns throughout the plot with surprises at every page. And surprises do come. The descriptions were wonderful and the future technologically savvy. The concept of governmental corruption in a dystopian world isn’t new, but Beth does a good job spinning her own story and taking us into a unique world.
Kudos for Beth for naming her character Jack after Captain Jack from DR WHO. Love it!
And I must not forget the bees. I’ll never look at one the same again.
Should you read it? YES, it’s a unique sci-fi adventure that gives us a a peek into a world of technology and governmental control but with a twist. I give it four stars.
About the Author:
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 is currently working on a new science fiction novel for teens, The Body Electric, which releases October 6, 2014.
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