Friday, February 6, 2015

The Body Electric by Beth Revis [Joint Review!]

2 out of 5 Robots!

The Body Electric
By Beth Revis
Genre: Young Adult SciFi
Release: October 4, 2014
Hardcover:  351 Pages
Publisher: Scripturient Books
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book 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…

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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. In a couple sentences, what did you think of The Body Electric
Shannon: The premise sounded pretty interesting (kind of like Inception meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but ultimately I was disappointed.  There was too much going on that was left unexplained and the writing was just too over the top for me.  

Julia: The Body Electric is boring and somewhat unbelievable. I mean, I know it is science fiction, but the whole point in reading a book is that you're able to fall completely into the story. I didn't feel like anything was really happening and the relationships are lacking and feel forced. The descriptions of Ella's actions, surroundings, are also forced and cheesy. I really wasn't entertained... 

2. What did you like about The Body Electric?
Shannon: The beginning was actually my favorite part.  Once we got past the "getting to know the characters", things seemed like they were on an exciting path once the androids went crazy.  Buuuttt, that's about it.

Julia:  I really didn't like very much. When I started, I thought, ok, this has potential and this can get better. But I couldn't stop feeling let down. I didn't like the main character that much and I didn't feel any sort of emotional attachment to her. Then androids explode and I'm like, this is going to get interesting! Intense! Then, it didn't. So, I guess the only part I can say I liked would be all the androids exploding...

3. What did you dislike? 
Shannon: There was a lot I was confused about, or not quite on board with (like the overuse of the bee motif), but the writing was the hardest part to get past.  It was so over the top sometimes!  I felt like I was reading an cheesy 80's sci-fi movie.  

Julia: The part I disliked the most? The writing. I know that sounds awful, but I couldn't stand how the author tried to make scenes come alive... or how she tried to describe situations. For example, "I slip into representative belles mind as if it was a comfortable t shirt." Orrrrr. "Science can make your heart beat but it can't make it race."

4. What did you think of the characters?
Shannon: I think some people will resonate with Ella.  She is spunky, for sure.  But I can't say I really connected with any of the characters.  I could take or leave Ella and she is the only one with any real dimension.  Jack was a cipher to me.  Supposedly they had a past together, but I never really felt their chemistry.  All the other characters are pretty one dimensional.  Revis leans a lot more on the plot and actions to carry her story than the characters.

Julia: I didn't think much of them. It took Ella way too long to piece things together and to trust whatshisface. See what I mean, I can't even remember his name. Jack! I think that was his name. They just fell flat. Merp. 

5. This book takes place 300 years in the future. Did that work for you?
Shannon: I liked that it was far enough in the future that you couldn't really argue with some of the technology.  In fact, I really liked some of the technology, especially the wrist cuffs which measured biometric information, but also acted as a communication device.  But it some ways it didn't really feel all that futuristic either.  I'm not exactly sure why though.

Julia: Yes and no. It would have worked for me if it actually felt futuristic. I don't know why, but even with the wrist cuffs and androids, it just didn't feel like 300 years from now. I can't put my finger on why that is. I just can't seem to find my words when it comes to how I feel about The Body Electric and why I couldn't get into a single aspect of it.

6. How many stars would you give this book? Would you recommend it? ? 
Shannon: I would give it two stars.  I was having a hard time finishing.  The ending was just...kind of ridiculous.  I know this book is getting a lot of good reviews, so I don't know.  YMMV?

Julia: I am giving The Body Electric two stars. It only gets two stars because I finished it. There were too many laughable moments and I did not find myself enjoying it at any single time. I can't say I would recommend this one to anyone.


  1. Ohhhhhhhhh noooooooooo.... I loved the Across the Universe books and was so looking forward to this! I have seen too many eh reviews and it makes my heart sad. Oh well. Maybe I shouldn't read it. That way I won't have to give it a bad review if I don't like it. :/

    1. Ahhh, sorry to burst your bubble! When I first saw this come out, it was getting great reviews. I was wondering if I was reading a different book than everyone else. LOL



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