Sunday, 18 January 2015

Review - The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 468
Publisher: Scripturient Press
Release date: 6th October 2014

Blurb 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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Patchwork Press - Cooperative and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Ella Shepherd lives in a future which is at peace after a war that changed the world.
Her father, who was a brilliant scientist involved in developing androids, died in an explosion. Now Ella lives with her mother who is slowly dying from Hebb's Disease at the Reverie, a centre where people can relive their memories.
Ella manages to go inside her mother's memory while she's having a reverie, something that hasn't happened before. She is contacted by the head of the government and asked to go into Representative Belles' mind to find out if he is a terrorist.
Ella meets a boy called Jack who warns her to be careful, a boy that seems to know Ella very well but she has no memory of him. 
Caught in a dangerous plot, Ella starts hallucinating and thinks she's going crazy.
Who can she trust?
Is anyone truly what they seem?

This was a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.
I wasn't a fan of Across the Universe but I liked The Body Electric.
Ella was a good protagonist. I felt so sorry for her as she struggled with her mother's illness and loneliness because her best friend was in the military at the lunar base. She was strong and likeable.
Jack was a good character. He didn't push Ella, who couldn't remember him, and I felt so sorry for him - it must have been so hard being around Ella.
The plot didn't grip me but I did want to read on. There were several surprises that I didn't see coming.
The science in this was very interesting and thought-provoking.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read that I would recommend.