**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
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?
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Cover: I really love this cover because of the color. Not a lot of books choose such a bold green which really drew me in the second I saw this book on Goodreads.
My thoughts: Beth Revis has delivered yet another gripping Sci-Fi novel for Young Adults. In this stand-alone novel, a girl named Ella lives in a futuristic version of Malta with her mother who works for a company that allows people to lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is called reverie which Ella’s mom uses frequently to relive her last happy moment with Ella’s father before he died. As her mom becomes sicker from how many nanobots are in her body thanks to new technology, Ella also begins to hallucinate her father warning her about the government.Along with the new presence of a mysterious boy named Jack who seems to know everything about Ella, she doesn’t know who she should trust when the government seems to be working against her family.
Ella has the rare ability to enter people’s reveries (lucid dreams) which the government decides to use to their advantage. They hire her to spy on certain people’s reveries in order to help find potential traitors. Along with her father telling her not to trust the government, Jack, a member of a rebel group, tells Ella that she used to be in love with him which only jumbles her emotions. With family issues arising, she learns that she also has to stop a war that she didn’t know was brewing. Beth Revis takes Sci-Fi to a whole new level in The Body Electric where the government can not only corrupt minds but enter them to control their citizens.
Although this wasn’t as mind boggling as Across the Universe, I was completely engrossed in this story line. From the beginning, I felt as if I was in Ella’s shoes when she was completely troubled that she was seeing her deceased father while also trying to protect her ill mother. The inner monologue was also well written in a way that provided the reader with Ella’s inner thoughts to help explain the plot rising around her. What hooked me was the fact that this boy named Jack seemed to truly know Ella while she had no memory of him. The mystery to how she knew him as well as her trying to figure out how her father really died was the main premise in this entire plot. Another main point in the book that made it so addicting was the reveries that were described in such a vivid way that reminded me of the movie Inception. I looked forward to those scenes when Ella was entering people’s dreams since it was such a unique perspective to read that I was immediately curious to see how each reverie unfolded.
I really liked how, over time, Ella came to terms with her father’s death with the help of Jack and used her knowledge and abilities to help Zunzana (the rebel group Jack is apart of to overthrow the corrupted government). This book had a mixture of dystopian elements as well as a heavy dose of Sci-Fi that really helped the plot move along in a fast paced way I sped through. One thing that was lacking in this book was a sense of background info for supporting characters. I wish I had more description on Jack’s companions who had promising aspects of their personality that could have played a bigger role in the plot. But all in all, I really did love this book like I do with any other Beth Revis book and I do recommend this story to those who love Sci-Fi, dystopians, and the movie Inception because this story takes you on a ride you won’t want to get off of when it finishes.