Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

The Body Electric
Author:  Beth Revis
Publisher:  Scripturient Books, 482 pages
Publication Date:  October 6, 2014

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?

An action-packed sci-fi thriller, The Body Electric kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

What I liked:
1.  World-building.  The world-building was solid, with interesting sci-fi technological advances such as androids and reliving happy memories through dreaming.  

2.  Plot.  Intense and fast-paced.  There's a war, rebels, and then there's Ella, who discovers she has the ability to enter someone else's dreams and find out information.  And then she meets a guy who tells her she can't trust her best friend, who is doing her military internship on a different planet.  What??  Oh, and supposedly Ella knows this guy but she's never met him before.  What??  Twists and turns, jaw dropping revelations.  Loved the plot.  There is one huge plot hole, however, but I'm willing to overlook it.

3.  Just the right amount of romance.  It doesn't take over, it's not insta-love, and there's no love triangle.  

4.  It's a stand-alone.  Although it takes place on the world that was left behind in the Across the Universe series, it completely stands alone.  And it's not a series.  Yay!

Posted by:  Pam


  1. It sounds like this has the perfect mixture of action, adventure, romance, and twists and turns. I also like the fact that it's a stand-alone. We hardly ever see that anymore!

  2. I'll admit that I know very little about this one though I've started to see it around recently. I'm glad that you liked it! You make the plot sound intriguing and the romance sound fantastic. I think I need to add this to my list!

  3. Sounds intrriguing, not something I'd run for but interesting nonetheless. Great review!

  4. I really loved Beth Revis's Across the Universe series so I'm definitely interested in checking this one out. I'm so glad you liked it, though I am a bit leary of the plot hole especially bc it's a standalone. But if you can overlook it, it can't be that bad right?

    1. It wraps everything up, but it's just something that happens that doesn't make sense given the plot. And it didn't occur to me until I finished the book. So yeah, not that bad. ~Pam

  5. Brilliant review. I just got accepted for this one and now you have made me so excited to start reading it. I especially like the fact it's a standalone!

  6. I get that it's a standalone but would it effect my enjoyment level if I haven't read Across the Universe? If not, I'd like to read it! (And I totally wish I could relive happy memories in my dreams)

    1. No, there's really no connection. Across the Universe takes place on a ship, you never see the world, and the time period is completely different so there's absolutely no overlap as far as people, etc. So no, you really don't need to read it before. ~Pam