Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Here's the synopsis of the novel from Goodreads:
      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.
      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?

The Body Electric was fast paced and super fascinating. Though I did get kind of confused at times, for the most part the mindboggling book was logical. I couldn’t stop reading because I was so intrigued by where the plot was going. I read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She has a way of writing that captures readers’ attention and builds up a colorful world in front of them. The technology and sci-fi elements of this novel were strong, but she did a good job at describing everything in detail. It was unique and intriguing. I felt that there were some parts in the book that dragged on a little too long. While I definitely feel like some parts of the story could’ve been explained better to make everything easier to follow, I can understand how the vague, unexplained aspects of the novel add to the overall mystery. The main character, Ella, was very likeable and realistic. It was interesting to see the rest of the characters and the plot fit together, though I would have to say a few parts were predictable. Also, I wish there was an epilogue to give closure for the romance. I like the Across the Universe trilogy much more, but this was an enjoyable novel. I would recommend this only for sci-fi lovers because there is a whole lot of science fiction aspects in it that readers have to follow.

A shortened version of my thoughts on this book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1308358665