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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,111 ratings  ·  576 reviews
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 as it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits h
Paperback, Special Edition, 351 pages
Published October 6th 2014 by Scripturient Books
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Pippin Hart • The Pigeon Basically, this is what's happening on Earth while the events of Across the Universe are going down out in space. The Financial Resources Exchange, a …moreBasically, this is what's happening on Earth while the events of Across the Universe are going down out in space. The Financial Resources Exchange, a big player in the Godspeed mission, is the governing body in the society where The Body Electric takes place. There aren't any shared characters, but it's the same galaxy, if that makes sense.(less)
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Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, warnin
Absolutely adorable. Loved it!

I am at a loss for words because this book really took my breath away.

And I need to tell you more...
I need to tell you how beautifully written it is, how amazingly vivid the world is, how incredible and fleshed out the characters are, how mind-blowing and breathtaking the plot is, how unreliable but relatable Ella is, how deeply she feels the loss of her father and how much she tries to keep her mother in her life for as long as she can. Not to mention just ho
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi YA fans
Recommended to Denisse by: It's Beth Revis, you cannot not read Beth Revis she is the best!
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #13 A book set in a different contry

I love a good fresh sci-fi, especially if it is YA, we don’t get much of those. Beth Revis nailed it once more. With a cool main idea, great characters that feel human, and more mysteries than you think are hidden in the story. Revis creates her world and gives us just the enough explanation for all the technology it has so we find it interesting and fun. The science makes sense in her fictional-world but is not over-explai
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
For a while after I finished The Body Electric, I struggled to gather my thoughts and figure out how to appropriately express my feelings. My experience with this book felt, for those few shocked minutes, far too important to be put into my unskilled English sentences. But I had to try, I had to do what I can to help this book get the attention it absolutely deserves.

I always enjoyed Revis’ work, but I never experienced it this intensely. The Body Electric brings something new to the ta
I need to write a review but just thinking about it makes me feel like this:

Ok, fine.
I'll write this review now.
If any of my reviews bring on trolls, this will be the one.

This is going to be a mean review. You should probably stop reading here, people who love this book. You're not going to like what I have to say.

I'll start with nice things:
Here's the one thing I really liked: This is set in future Malta. Yes, Malta! Not exactly common ground for a sci-fi YA no
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Androids and bees and dead scientist dad, oh my! The Body Electric by Beth Revis had me on the edge of my seat within the first few chapters and kept me going until the very end. Read the rest of the review here on October 20, 2014 ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
✮✮✮ 3,5 I love SF stars ✮✮✮

Ready to go to New Venice? Yeah? Let's go!

The plot : The story takes place on Earth, in New Venice, on a time readers who read Across the Universe know : they talk about Godspeed, dammit! Of course I totally jumped - I was all, "Oh. My. Solar glass?". Understand : We deal with androids and FRX here.

This book belongs to the SF genre. You've been warned.

Here's the thing : I'm willing to explain the plot to you. I really am. But you know what? Less you know about it a
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The Body Electric is a companion novel to the Across the Stars series. The great thing about this book is that it is a stand-alone novel and even if you haven’t read the Across the Stars series everything will make sense. However if you are like me and read Beth’s other series there are little Easter eggs from those other books throughout.

The Body Electric is what I would call Sci-Fi Lite. There are all kinds of futuristic devices and technologies and they are explained briefly but not
Wart Hill
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I received a free ARC via NetGalley

Maybe some wars are worth fighting.

I love Beth Revis. LOVE. So much. So. You know how Star Trek was Gene Roddenberry’s way of commentating on the shit that was going down in the world in a way that wouldn’t get censored? (If you didn’t, it’s super interesting to look into). WELL I feel like Beth Revis kind of does that, too. She is not afraid to deal with important issues in her book
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Original Review at

This was yet another book I read without reading the synopsis and...oh man...this book, was bloody brilliant! Period, end of story, Brilliant.

Where do I begin, this story is so unique and should have everybody reading it! It's an adventure with a very huge warning of big government and loss of freedom. It's a vivid dystopian

If you're a fan of Beth Revis's trilogy Across the Universe  which is set in space about a spaceship named Godspeed. Well t
Paula M
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh man, that was A LOT of Science! And I'm not even complaining! I hope I have this when I was in Highschool. It might have gave me a boost to listen and not dozed off in science class. Okay! Reading The Body Electric is a huge step of me getting out of my comfort zone. See, I don't usually read Sci-Fi. I mean, there's some that I truly enjoyed and loved, but most of them I just tried then marked DNF. Its just not my cup of tea.

But Beth Revis is totally changing me. This is my first book from
shady boots
Sep 30, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: covergasm
Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn's my mother, Jesus is my bestest friend~ ...more
Jul 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi

Another book by Beth Revis? ? ?

I would read anything Beth writes and that synopsis sounds so fucking amazing, I am dying to get my hands on this book!!



This book was better then I expected. I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi but when I get a good story like this I love it. I thought the “future” was pretty cool, I imagine that it must be hard to invent future technology without it seeming cheesy. Despite my enjoyment of this book I did find it lacking in some ways, the plot wasn't as developed as I would have liked, but by the end I had warmed up to it (my background soundtrack of “ Saving the World from Evil” may have contributed to this). I wouldn'
Colleen Houck
I was so thrilled when reading this book to realize its set in the same world as Across the Universe! So cool when phydus was mentioned. I love the whole description of the city and climatic reveals especially when I got near the end. The future stuff was excellent. I want a cuff and yet I don't, but I can totally see the benefit, especially when I go for a donut and it adds on more exercise. ;) ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah Elizabeth by: Fallon
3.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Scripturient Books and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting sci-fi story, and I liked how it all came together at the end.

Ella was an interesting character, and it was obvious how much she’d been affected by her father’s death and her mother’s illness. I liked the way she went to great lengths to try and make things better, and to fight for those she loved, and how she wasn’t trying to make thing
The Body Electric was a really different read to what I was expecting it to be, it actually made me want to stop and think that all this could actually happen in real life. It was at times quite scary thinking about. Imagine being able to relive one of your favourite memories. It would be brilliant to be taken to this special memory you’ve had especially when you’ve had a crap day, but imagine being able to do this with a person that was special to you, but no longer around anymore. This is what ...more
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Ella is finished school and is interning at her mom's Mental Health Spa. People plug in and they dream about the happiest day of their lives. Ella wants nothing more than to let her mom have peace with her disease and one day when she's trying to help her mom, she adds her own mind to the reverie and something starts to happen. She can control the dream, givi
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I had planned on reading Across the Universe ages ago, yet never got to it. Instead, I got to this one—which, from what I understand, very loosely alludes to the former. I can confirm, in any case, that not having read Beth Revis's trilogy won't be a problem here: the present novel is a standalone, and previous knowledge isn't mandatory to follow its plot. Although I guess that, like me, you'll miss a few Easter Eggs
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

3.5 stars

I haven't read yet Across the Universe series, so this is my first Beth Revis books. That’s why I didn't have any expectation when I requested it on NetGalley. I only hoped that I'll get a good story before I decide whether her series is worth reading or not. I'm glad I give it a go.

The first thing I recognize from this book is that it's more dystopia and sci-fi than I thought it will be. I've read so m
Maria (highinthebooksky)
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 nostalgic stars! different from across the universe but full with sci-fi elements! :-) I'm not sure if I'm gonna write a review yet .... it was definitely a very interesting read :-D ...more
Ai Haibara

Maybe review to come.


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 grou
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I read Across The universe I wasn't impressed. It's an enjoyable book, but still I haven't found it in me to actually finish the series. Then I saw that there would be a new book by Beth Revis and, since I was really curious, I checked the plot. Interesting, quite unique premise: check. And so, I decided to give it a chance. I'm actually really happy to say that I don't regret giving The body electric a chance. I saw the writer of Across the universe behind this book, but at the same ti
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
For a person who really finds insects horrifying the fact that at the beginning of each chapter a huge bee is drawn in detail can be a serious reason not to read a novel .However, the bookworm in me won and although I missed some of the first lines of each chapter I read the novel.

This is a dystopian book in which the feelings of Ella , the main character , are vividly described . The reader can feel her grief over her lost father and her fear for her mother's life. It is deeply moving and there
OMG I just love that blurb!

I LOVED Beth Revis' "Across The Universe" trilogy and this one? I wouldn't miss it for the world!

Ahhhhh. Another book to look forward to. :D
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
☆.。.:*・°Actual Rating: 4.5 stars☆.。.:*・°

I thank thee, the standalone book God from above, for this wondrous piece of sci-fi fiction that has broken my 4 star and above drought. You are merciful. You are kind. You are generous (you were kind of holding out of me for a couple of months there but let’s forget that, shall we?

For those who’ve followed my vigorous whining episodes, you’d know that I’ve been craving for a book that could hold my attention. I can force myself to finish reading
Ella Shepherd, 18, is interning at Reverie Mental Spa for her mother and her mother's business partner. This is a luxury spa where people can come and be guaranteed to relive their favourite memory while asleep. Ella even learns to enter those dreams to help them along, aided by technology. But Ella is worried about her mother, who is terminally ill, and soon she has other concerns as she realizes that all is not as it seems because she starts seeing images of her dad while working, who has been ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it At A Glance
The Body Electric was suspenseful, mysterious, and created great images, but the pacing was off.
The Good
I have not read Revis's Across the Universe series, so I wasn't sure what to expect from The Body Electric. I was pleasantly surprised! The mystery kept me in the dark until it was ready to be revealed. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The romance gave us just a taste of what Ella and Jack had. The imagery was phenomena
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love the Across the Universe series, so I was excited when I found out that Beth Revis was writing another book! And I was not disappointed in this book!

What's probably my favorite thing about this book is how unique it is. Beth Revis does such an amazing job describing and building the world, and while it is a dystopian and most dystopian book
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Beth Revis writes books. She also eats too much chocolate, wishes she could travel more, and prefers puppies to people. Beth lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, two very large puppies.

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