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Single Sundays: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Single Sundays: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for The Body Electric (from Goodreads):

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?

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Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Suspense
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I adored Revis’ Across the Universe Trilogy. It’s pretty much a gold standard for YA Science Fiction Suspense novels for me. So I was eager to see what she would do next and I immediately bought The Body Electric when I saw it on sale one day. Like most novels I buy, I read it years later but my anticipation was still high for this one and that’s why it was on my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge in 2019.

The Concept / The World:

The world is very dystopian in its delivery and I loved that. It’s a very rich world (especially when you read the author’s note at the end and see all the layers she added to it with her research). At times though, the many descriptions of the world throughout the novel get in the way of delivering the plot.

The Plot:

I hate to say it: but you could easily cut out the first third of this novel and still get the point across. It took this novel so long to get anywhere and I felt like we were regurgitating the same things over and over at the start. Yes, some things that we learn at the start are important to the end but a lot seemed like filler.

The last half of this book is great. Twist after twist and the seamless weaving of various elements made for a fast paced, thrilling last few chapters to this novel.

The Characters:

Everyone is pretty well developed and if they aren’t, we learn more about them as the story progresses and what their role is.

I really liked the unreliable narrator aspect of Ella’s character. It added to the suspense of the story and kept the gears going in my head trying to figure out what happened to her memories.

The Romance:

Not a huge factor here but one that plays nicely off the other plot devices. It’s used extremely well here.

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My Rating: 3.5/5

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A solid, true SciFi novel that despite its slower start will have you hooked by the end.

Read if You Like: science fiction, unreliable narrators
Avoid if You: dislike slow starts
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Series Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Series: Across the Universe Trilogy
Author: Beth Revis
# of Books: 3 (Across the Universe, A Million Suns, Shades of Earth)

There are a few short stories published about various characters. See the list here.

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery, Dystopian, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

I almost didn’t read this series. I had never heard a lick about it and when I saw the title and cover for Across the Universe, I thought it was a book about the 2007 movie of the same name. But, my curiosity got the better of me (thanks to that colourful cover) and I clicked on it, read the synopsis and borrowed the eBook.

And I am so ever thankful that I did!

This series really blew my mind away. Just when I’d think I had an idea of what was going on, something else was thrown into the loop–something that had been carefully hidden all along–and would change everything. In each and every book I got sucked into the story and simply devoured them. They were very unique and unlike anything I have read before and I applaud Beth Revis for crafting such a creative, plot-twisting, fun series.

However, Across the Universe did start a little slow. Part of the reason is trying to navigate exactly what the situation/setting is for these characters. There are a lot new “terms” because the series is set so many years in the future (and language and humans evolve over this time). Another reason is that Amy is a harder character to like at first. She’s a little annoying and vain so that grated on my nerves a bit. But when I let myself think about it, I really came to understand why she acted that way. How would you feel if you woke up on a ship, 100s of years in the future because someone tried to kill you and then found yourself surrounded by 1000s of strangers? Probably a little defensive I would say :p So While Amy isn’t my favourite literary heroine of all time, I did grow to like her as the series continued. Elder, the male protagonist I loved from the get-go so no issue there.

The series, like most recent dystopian Young Adult reads, doesn’t focus on the romance rather on what is really going on inside Godspeed. There was a lot going on and as I said before, the plot twisted constantly so it made for a very exciting read. The romance element is there, but if you are planning on reading this because of a “love out of time” maybe find something else or stay for the mystery of Godspeed because it’s so worth it!

Conclusion:

If you love plot twists and Science Fiction reads–this is a Young Adult Series you should read. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this impressed with a trilogy!

Rating: 4/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: YES!!!

Similar Reads: Legend by Marie Lu (Legend Trilogy #1) and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky Trilogy #1)

Synopsis for Across the Universe (from Goodreads):
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

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