Sunday, 26 July 2015

Review: The Body Electric - Beth Revis

Written by: Beth Revis
Published by: Scripturient books
Pages: 468
Edition: Kindle
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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?

The Body Electric just screams thrilling Sci-Fi from the blurb and the premise but for me it fell a little short of expectations. Ella Shephard is coming to the end of her internship, at her mum's Reverie Health Spa, when things start to take a dramatic turn and Ella ends up not knowing what is real and what is not. It's the sort of Sci-Fi novel that has all these new gadgets and futuristic technology but doesn't really explain them in detail. Instead they are just thrown in and intricately woven into the story. And while the Sci-Fi details were simple I would of still liked more detail on them, if only because I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. 
' "Science can make a heart beat," Jack says softly, each word falling on me like a caress. "But it can't make it race." '
While I enjoyed the science fiction elements of this book a lot, the thing that let it down for me the most was the pacing of the story. I felt as though the story dragged a lot in places so it made it hard to me to attach myself with it and the characters as it was a little sluggish when it came to connecting the dots. Not to mention al lot of the time I felt as though the story was drawn out when it didn't need to be, just to add the dramatic element when it came to the big revel, but for me because it was so drawn out I saw the ending coming from a mile away.
'I am more than a name. I feel, I think, therefore I am.' 
Having said this, if there was one thing I loved about this book it was the ending. Even though I did sort of guess some of the outcomes, it didn't stop me from getting floored by little surprises here and there. Revis did a really good job of not putting all of her cards on table and keeping little things hidden so that even if you think you've got it all sussed out, out pops these little surprises that starts you double guessing everything. It's because of this that the ending was action-packed and full of adrenaline that it pulls you in completely.
' "Truth lies in the heart of fortune," ' 
All in all, The Body Electric is an action-packed sci-fi read that is immediately enjoyable. It has everything you need from a science fiction novel and even has a little romance thrown in that doesn't overpower the story. Making it a entertaining young adult Sci-Fi that manages to surprise you till the very end. Additionally, it shows off Revis's writing in an epic way. So if you haven't read any off her work before this would be a good place to get a feel for her writing style in a fun and easy read. 

The Body Electric