Review: "The Body Electric" by Beth Revis

The Body Electric by Beth Revis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?

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 Beth Revis's books were the first ones I read even before I started blogging. I had found "Across the Universe" in the Greek edition yet I loved the English one more. So, when Beth announced her new novel, of course I had a mini party.

After almost a year of waiting and many reviews of other bloggers, I was able to read "The Body Electric". And wasn't I surprised.

The story takes place far in the future in Malta, which has changed over the years, and after a war, into a center of technology and androids. Ella lives with her sick mother and works with her godmother in a mental spa in which you don't go for massage but to live your happiest memories, a system Ella's mother invented. When Jack appears bearing cryptic messages about Ella's past and her father's death, everything crumbles.

Now, this book feels complete. It's a standalone yet there is an escalating pace with many turning points, cliffhangers in the end of each chapter and shocking truths which can make you gape at the book wondering (SERIOUSLY WHAT THE F*K?). I adored every part of it and when a sci-fi novel doesn't only stay on the world-building but also takes care to analyze the characters, then I have the best of its kind.

I liked Ella. Despite everything she's been through, she is smart and tries very hard to come in terms with the truths she learns through the book. She reminded me of Neo who is thrust in a world he didn't know it existed and fought in it.

On the other hand there is Jack; he is strong and carries quite a burden yet his feelings for Ella left me and my poor heart pounding towards the end. Especially the scene with his memories was every girl's dream come true.

There aren't many characters in the book yet they fill every part of it, balancing the mystery, the sci-fi scenery and the feelings. The ending was something that can make any reader wonder what the future will do to them, but knowing what Ella and Jack passed, I am positive for them.

There were also some cameo appearances of "Godspeed" and "REF" from the first trilogy and I was surprised to see that they also made a movie!
This book is worth to have in your shelves and can make any demanding sci-fi reader love it!

About the author:

Beth Revis writes books. She also eats too much chocolate, wishes she could travel more, and prefers puppies to people. Beth lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, two very large puppies.