The Body Electric Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

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Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Scripturient Books

Release date: October 6, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

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?

NOT TO WORRY LOVELIES! NO SPOILERS LIE AHEAD!

I am huge fan of Beth Revis and when I found out she was writing a new book I was insanely excited! I adored her trilogy Across The Universe, devouring all three books throughout the years. I also am a fan of science fiction. With that in mind, Beth Revis does not disappoint with her imaginative twist of the future of science and the probability of war. The Body Electric was unique and creative, immersing a bit of world-building from Across the Universe in this new tale.

The Body Electric follows Ella Shepard, a girl whose parents are renowned scientist. Her father worked with nanobot technology, while her mother developed technology that enables people to relive their happiest memories. Ella discovers that she has a gift – she can enter other people’s memories through her mother’s technology. Her ability doesn’t stay a secret for long as she is asked by the government to use her ability to spy on a terrorist group.

Ella soon discovers that her memories have been tampered with and she has to decide who she can trust.

One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the world-building. With science fiction it is absolutely crucial to have good world-building. I really liked how the world came to life right before my eyes. I could imagine this world where there are robots, and highly developed technological advances like nanobots that can make you live better (i.e. eye sight, immune system, ect.). I also really loved how Beth incorporated aspects of Across The Universe. Godspeed is mentioned and I literally flailed when I read about it. History does not know what really happened to the spaceship but I do! I thought that was pretty cool.

I also enjoyed Ella’s character and narration. She is caring and has a loving heart. Particularly when it concerns her mother. She is a girl who lost her father a year ago and has a mother who is dying. But she doesn’t give up. She is a fighter and I admire that about her. Her character is also unreliable. We do not know the truth and whose side we should be on: the government’s or the terrorist’s (more like rebels). I found that her unreliability worked for the story. It made it that more thrilling like a mini detective story. I wanted to find out the truth and get to the bottom of the treason.

The secondary characters were also interesting in their own way, but there was not much character development for them. The story was mainly centered on Ella and highlighted aspects from other characters that intertwined with hers.

My only real complaint was the pacing of the story. I think it could have been executed a little better as it dragged a little in some places (mostly the beginning).

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I liked how this was a standalone because everything is resolved at the end of the novel. There are no major cliffhangers that make you wonder what happens or unanswered questions that painstakingly linger. I would highly recommend this to Beth Revis fans. If you’ve read the Across The Universe trilogy you would definitely appreciate her new book like I did. For those who haven’t read it, you’ll appreciate the unique world-building and love the science-fiction immersed in the novel. Aside from sci-fi, there is also mystery and a sprinkle of romance that is sure to capture your interest!

This book was a tough book to rate as it teetered between a 3 and a 4 cupcake rating. The pacing was a deal breaker thus rendering it 3 cupcakes! It does not mean that I disliked the book in any way. I really enjoyed it and will always love Beth Revis’ work!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

beth revisBeth 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.

PLACES TO FIND BETH

Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Website

GIVEAWAY

One winner will win:

  • Complete signed trilogy of the Across the Universe series
  • A signed copy of The Body Electric
  • An Across the Universe branded water bottle (image attached)

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4 Comments

  1. Great review! I totally agree about sci-fi books and world-building it can make or break a book. Sounds like this one is very well done and fascinating, too! Glad you liked it overall! 🙂

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  2. Even though I’d seen this book around A LOT, I never actually knew what it was about! And it sounds really awesome 😀

    I love my science fiction and I definitely agree with you that world building is pretty much the make or break of a sci-fi novel. World building that is unique and believable is one of the most important aspects of any sci-fi book, so I am glad to hear that it is on point in The Body Electric!

    It’s a bit of a shame about the secondary characters and the pacing, though. Even so, when I get around to reading the Across the Universe trilogy, I’ll definitely be giving this one a go!

    Great review, dear! ❤

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    • OMG you need to read Across The Universe, Chiara! You’ll love it! There is world-building in ATU but it is different in the sense that Amy experiences it first hand. So we find out about the world through her eyes. It’s a good touch.

      Thank you, Chiara! You know I love your reviews all the time! ❤

      Reply

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