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Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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?
Ella is the daughter of two scientific geniuses. Both have created ground-breaking technology. But one is dead, and the other is dying. Ella notices that she has certain abilities, and starts realizing that there was more to her father's research than she realized. Recruited by the government to help spy on traitors, Ella realizes that the whole story had been hidden from her, and essentially sets out to find the truth.
I loved the world-building in this one. From the futuristic cities to the technology to just the way everything was run. I thought it was set up really well. I am also a bit of a science nerd, so her parents research was also intriguing, in a "could this really happen" way.
I will say, calling Jack the "leader of the rebels" seemed a bit far-fetched. I didn't really buy the romance in this one either, if it could be called that. I mean, her memories of him were erased, but I don't feel like there relationship was ever developed. She went from disliking him to…well, I'm not sure what they were by the end.
I was also slightly confused by this book, especially at the end. First she's hallucinating and then she's in a reverie and then it's real life and there's reveries in reveries and I don't even know. Although the end did have some twists and turns that kept me on my toes, I did feel as though not everything was explained or maybe I was just confused.
But I thought this was such an interesting and genius concept. I loved the way it was executed. Even with a few issues, I still really enjoyed this book.
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Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.
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