The Body Electric by Beth Revis

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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?

I’m a little conflicted about this book.  Until I read some other reviews, I didn’t realize this was a companion novel to the author’s Across the Universe series and, as I haven’t read that series, I feel like maybe I missed some things, even though The Body Electric is considered a standalone.

Ella was a breath of fresh air.  Sometimes in YA novels, female characters seem incapable of functioning without a guy around, but not Ella.  She was proactive and didn’t hang around with tear-filled eyes waiting for someone to rescue her – she took charge of the situation.

The sci-fi aspect was very intriguing – entering people’s dreams and altering their memories?  I’m totally there.  Throw in some androids, scientific research secrets, and conspiracy theories?  Even better.  There were a couple of twists that threw me. However, the pacing was a little inconsistent for me.  At times, I couldn’t put down the book – at others, it seemed somewhat repetitive (are we really going over the trust issues again?) and the last part of the book was confusing and seemed to drag on a bit.

Maybe if I’d read the Across the Universe series, I would have been more vested in this book.  Judging by other reviews, people who have read the series enjoyed this companion novel more than others who haven’t read it.

This review is based on an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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