Published by Scripturient Books
Published on October 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Net Galley
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?
Ella lives in the android era. Born to two brilliant scientists, her mother’s health is failing despite her late fathers Nanobot invention to rid his wife of the degenerative disease. Now all her mother has to rely on is a Reverie, a dream scape she invented where she can escape her illness and relive happier times over and over again. But having deteriorated where her brain can no longer remember, Ella wants to give her mother peace and enters her dream scape, still in it’s experimental stages. Not only do androids service the community, but are infused into your bloodstream to fight illness, increase intelligence and to perfect the human body. But when Ella injects more Nanobots into her body in order to control her mother’s Reverie, the consequences may just become dire.
Ella starts to experience vivid nightmares, and her experiment has not gone unnoticed. What if the controlled lucid memory recall allowed you to not only access dreams, but to plant false memories in the mind of potential rebels? It’s been almost two decades since the Secessionary War, a decade long violence which ended with a new global government. The woman responsible is now asking Ella to enter the mind of a Representative Administrator who she believes is on the verge of treason. But when a young man appears at her father’s graveside with a warning, it seems that Jack Tyler may have ties to the same rebellion that their leader is trying to avoid.
As Ella’s mother is on the verge of succumbing to her illness, Ella stumbles across an android revolt, Tranquility Through Freedom. But the government is rife with corruption and Ella starts to uncover the lengths they will go to to keep society pliable.
The Body Electric is a thrilling science fiction that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Ella is on the verge of becoming an orphan, her mother has a progressive disease that will eventually take her life. Ella’s late father had created Nanobots that was hoped would wipe out illness worldwide. Where citizens benefited from the technology, Ella’s mother still worsens each day, then a sudden accident had taken her fathers life before the technology could be perfected. The only adult in her life is her mother’s best friend simply known as Ms White, who helped launch the Reverie Mental Spa, where the wealthy and infamous experience lucid dreams in a state of euphoria. Between her mother’s brilliant mind and her father’s research, the Prime Administrator believes the technology may fall into the hands of the rebellion and used to fight the peaceful government. The world building was phenomenal, incredibly vivid and not all that fictional in the future, considering how technology is constantly developed.
The storyline was action packed and well paced. I loved Ella’s transformation from a girl lived for her mothers survival, then fought for her own. Beth Revis is incredible. She managed to create yet another science fiction storyline that will appeal to the wider young adult reader and adults alike. A standalone that packs a punch, it’s brilliantly written and I can’t wait to see what she’s working on next.