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?
Bubby: Just when I thought that I’d read every possible incarnation of the “Young Adult Dystopian Novel”, along comes The Body Electric. Yeah, it has all the elements that you would expect, including the boyfriend issues, the absent/ill/dead parent(s), and the improbable girl who saves all mankind inadvertently. But it’s got some new stuff too – the technology is pretty impressive and the storyline is interesting and well written.
Sissy: What Bubby said. Plus there are so many little twists and turns, you never know who’s who or what’s what or if Bubby is really a clone.
Bubby: I’m not. But that’s what you’d expect me to say, right? I’m pretty sure if I was a clone, I’d be thinner…
Sissy: Also, there’s lots of memory wiping – is this really a true memory? Or has my real memory been wiped and false memories been implanted by the evil people (and they’re not who you think they are…)
Bubby: I’m pretty sure my memory (or at least my kids’ memories) gets wiped every day. That’s why we never agree on who was asked to do what! But in your case, Sissy, it’s just old age – not a nefarious criminal mastermind.
Sissy: I think I’m going to stick with “Bubby’s a clone with false memories” theory. Anyway, The Body Electric by Beth Revis is an entertaining and exciting take on the oft-used dystopian society theme.
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