Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Scripturient Books, October 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
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?
Characters (2/5)
Okay, honestly, I just finished this book two days ago and I already forgot the main characters name. I had to go back up to the summary to figure it out. Ella Shepard. A good character. I didn't get annoyed by her, but I didn't want to be friends with her either. Completely forgettable, apparently.

Then we have Jack. The love interest. Not on my book boyfriend list. I mean, he is nice and all... but... not making me swoon.

All of the other characters sort of come and go. They make appearances in a few paragraphs every so often. Not enough to really connect with or stand out.

Plot: (5/5)
It's the plot and the world-building where this books truly shines. This story is such a roller-coaster; twists and turns like crazy. I thought one thing then something else would happen, then another thing, then another thing. And that's so vague, but hey, I don't want to spoil the magic for anyone else. We started on the first page in one place and ended somewhere completely freakin' different, but in a wonderful way.

Romance: (2/5)
There were a few scattered, sweet, moments but really the romance was pretty non-existent. This could have been the intention, not meant to be a love story, but the reason romance is part of my rating scale is because it's my favorite thing in books!

Writing: (5/5)
Beautiful, as always, just like with Across the Universe (which I loved so much, btw). The way she builds this world for us, omg. And the small references to the Godspeed, eek! Love! This fantastic writing really shone through in the descriptions of the hallucinations and the dreams (reveries). I was truly sucked in and blown away during those scenes.

Overall Feels: (3/5)
There where those moments (like stated above) that had me wide-eyed and flying through pages, but there was also about a week and a half where I didn't pick up this book at all. (In favor of a more romance heavy novel!) I think I was really hoping for another Across the Universe and this just wasn't quite that for me.

The total averages out to 3.4 which I will round to Three Stars for The Body Electric.

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