The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Summary: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.
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of The Body Electric, not having been much of a fan of Beth’s Across the Universe, but I’ll admit I finished this pleasantly surprised. The Body Electric is a well-written and intelligently plotted novel that even provides a bit of food for thought with the concepts it covers.
Through technology developed by her mother, Ella has the power to enter people’s dreams and memories. But when Ella begins seeing visions from her dead father and meets a boy that claims they used to be in love, she begins to realize that everything around her is not as it seems…and that someone may have altered her memory.
Ella is a protagonist that is easy to admire and sympathize with. She’s nobody special – she’s just a teenage girl – and I appreciate how Revis didn’t take the “special snowflake” route.
The first 70% of The Body Electric reads like any other generic YA dystopian or science fiction novel. But suddenly the pieces come together, slowly but surely, and the brilliance of the story, and of Revis’ storytelling, begins to show, and suddenly everything makes sense.
If anything, I just wish the beginning and middle hooked me in as much as the ending did. Nonetheless, I appreciate what Beth Revis did here, and I found it to be an eye-opening book with some intriguing and relevant social commentary.