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Review: The Body Electric

Hi virtually Readers! I’m busy getting myself into trouble (read: being stressed about all my work) but I’m still going to give you a book review.(because I’m so magnanimous, I guess)

Title: The Body Electricthe-body-electric

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: YA Dystopia

Themes: Nanobots, not-rebellions, cloning, ethics, occupying multiple bodies

Similar to: Skinned, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, The Lunar Chronicles

This book was cool.

Summary: Ella Shepherd is busy looking after her sick mother and working at Reverie, a mental spa that allows clients to relieve their best memories in New Venice, a few decades after a debilitating world war. But one day a boy makes her rethink everything she’s always known about her parent’s research, her father’s death and the strange way she can enter other people’s reveries. She decides to search for the truth—but it’s starting to looks more important and more scary than she thought.

I liked Across the Universe. But can I say that this was better? As a standalone sci fi/dystopia, it’s certainly a rare beast, but ohhhhh was it interesting.

One of the main questions it explored was What does it mean to be human? As Ella discovers government secrets and the power of the reveries her mother invented, she begins to question who she is and where the line between a human and robot lies. This mad for plenty of moral grey area, especially as Ella realises that what’s in her mind isn’t the whole truth.

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We (as in Shanti) got signed Beth Revis bookmarks!

Another theme was identity. How can Ella know whoo she is when she’s realising that what she’s always defined herself by—her family, her friends, her home—isn’t entirely true. And as Ella starts to understand that her friend Jack may have answers, she realises these answers involve who she really is. I loved the way all these questions characterized Ella and her disillusionment felt rapid and gradual simultaneously.

The plot was also on point. I felt like there was always action enough to keep me intrigued, but not so much as to lose out on characterization and world building. While the plot (and the world) contained some dystopian tropes (fewer countries than currently, a debilitation war, character meets rebels who explain that government is evil) there was also uniqueness (New Venice is bridged between two islands in Malta, of all places, nanobots do all these things, rebellion is not the centre of the plot). The plot had direction without being predictable, although the ending felt quite rushed. I couldn’t quite *get* how or why the villain was the villain. Altogether though, the Body Electric transported me into a powerful story with rich characters which never failed to intrigue me.

Plot: 4/5

Premise: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Themes:5/5

Setting: 5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

How do you feel about sci-fi? Ever read a book set in Malta? What do you think about nanobots? Are you going to read this? 

 

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Body Electric

  1. I do totally want to read this! And I confess to never having read a Beth Revis book before. SHAAAME ON ME. But my library just bought this *squeaks* and i’ve got it on reserve, so if they hurry up and put it on the shelves (sometimes it’s like MONTHS AND MONTHS between them ordering it and putting it on the shelves grr) then I shall happily devour it immediately. :’) I do love a good sci-fi, although dystopian must do a lot to impress me these days.🙈🙊 But this one still sounds like a great win!

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  2. I completely agree! This was such a complex and thought-provoking story and the twist at the end was AMAZING. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! ❤ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review!

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  3. So Renee Descartes once asked what it is to be human and how we can be sure and what we can be sure of. He eventually came down to “Cogito ergo Sum”. All he could be sure of was that he must exist because he knows he can think. Is Ella’s question about how she knows she is human similar? (or am I putting De Cart before de horse? )

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