Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Body Electric (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: The Body Electric
Author:  Beth Revis
Publisher:  Scipturient Books
Published Date:  1st October 2014
Rating: 4 Stars


*Thank you to the Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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?

Review: I am being very kind with giving this book four stars. At the beginning of it I was sure it was going to be four, possibly five. But at the middle it was losing ground… and then when I got to the end I was starting to doubt myself. A three or four stars? Well, the concept ruled out and it ended up with four. This was the first book I read by this author as well, and I wanted to try it because Beth Revis is such a famous author. I leaped at the chance!

The concept of this story is so original. It’s a sci-fi with cyborgs and androids living with humans under their command. But there are nanobots too, and the world has become surrounded with technology for everything and everywhere. Ella is someone who gets the ability to go into other people’s memories and minds, and the way she does so is pretty amazing. It was a unique idea and uniquely written. I love it when a story is oozing originality, don’t you?

But then at the same time there were parts of this where I couldn’t help thinking this book kind of followed the standard guidelines for being a dystopian as well. Typical things like the romance and the government being bad… the people being blinded to the poverty that lives so close to them and some other little things. They didn’t ruin the story or anything, but they were noticeable.

I really have to admire the way Beth managed to explain everything, including the science aspects. I expected to be overwhelmed and lost, but I never felt like that! I also think someone needs to make it a movie because it would be popular amongst fans of The Maze Runner and Divergent. As well as that, the scenes in the memories and when she is searching through Representative Belles desk? It would look so good in a movie, I can just imagine it :D

At the beginning of the story I was addicted to reading and kept coming back to the book when I should be doing other things. And at about halfway there is a big plot twist that had me reading through the book at record pace. But then at 60% it started to slow down a lot. I noticed we still had more questions than answers, and that bugged me. The slow pace kind of continued and although I felt a bit bored in some places I was still intrigued.

The ending was amazing, with another great plot twist that I didn’t see coming! I can’t tell you too much about it without spoilers… but I wasn’t going to put down that book until I was finished! It did go a bit too fast for my liking and it was a bit abrupt, but it was awesome, so ^^
 
Giveaway! Open only to USA/Canada this time. Win an Across the Universe signed water bottle, the complete signed Across the Universe trilogy, or a signed copy of The Body Electric.
Click here for the GIVEAWAY!
 
Buy it now from Amazon or B&N!

Author Bio: Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.
 
Author links: Visit her website, find her on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter!

Olivia’s Question: Would you like to be able to see into someone else’s memories?

Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. It's such a shame when a book you started out loving ends up disappointing you. It happened to me with 'Word War Z'. At first I thought it deserved four stars, but I ended up giving it two, because it just got so boring.
    The story does sound interesting when you read the description though, and I'm always in favor of sci-fi, but I don't think I'll read it if it's so typical dystopian. Thanks for the review (:

    - Love, Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

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    1. It wasn't very much of a disappoint, it just lagged during the middle and rushed at the end a bit. I'm sorry that one was so boring in the end - I still need to read that one!
      Sci fi is a great genre! Although this did follow the usual dystopian guideline, it was a unique idea and explained well.

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  2. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like such a fun read and I like that the science stuff is intriguing and not complicated like some books in this genre can be. Glad you liked it! :)

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    1. I love when the sci-fi is explained well otherwise I get too confused. I loved it!

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  3. Hi Olivia - Sounds very unique. I'm glad it finally won out and got a four star review from you. :)

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    1. It really was, which is why I admire the author so much!

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  4. When I first heard about this book (back in September I believe) I was so excited about it but now my initial excitement has gone. It's such a shame when the plot is good, or rather the concept is good but then the story goes down hill with each page. But hey, plot twists are always there to save the day! Great review, Olivia!

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    1. I hadn't heard of this book until about November, I think! It's a shame your excitement has seemed to have sizzled out. It was a good one, but it could've used some work on the pacing.

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  5. I haven't tried this one -- I really liked Across the Universe!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I haven't tried Across the Universe but I have heard of how good it is! I hope you like this one too.

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  6. Olivia you know I'm in love with your blog so I don't know what to say in this list the than I love you. I have nominated your for the Liebster Awards, all the details are in this post http://aprettythoughtbyniamh.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/thankyouuuuu-3.html
    Much Love
    X

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    1. Thanks so much Niamh <3 I appreciate it!

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  7. Great review, I have seen a lot of good things about this book, it is definitely on my tbr!

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    1. I hope you like it when you get round to reading it!

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  8. Yeah, I wasn't happy with the pace after the half way mark. But the concept was so freaking awesome! I did enjoy this book a lot, but the end was a little like, "Come on, really?"

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    1. Concept was amazing! I just wish the pacing had been a bit more even...

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  9. It feels like forever since I've been here! SORRY <3 I've gotten so behind on the blog/commenting/visiting, it sucks. But I'm catching up and can now binge read your posts, which makes me very happy.

    This sounds like an interesting read and I love that it has such a cool premise. But the pacing seems off, which always bugs me in books. But hopefully I won't be too disappointed now that I am expecting it. We shall see! Great review :)

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    1. It's no problem! Reading your blog, I know how busy you have been lately, and that is okay ^.^

      I hope you enjoy it when you read this as well!

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  10. Sci-fi not my genre but your review had me wondering if you really liked the book at first. Then, I see that the book gradually pulled you in. Still, though, was it good enough that you recommend it to the die hard sci-fi fans in spite of the book's weaknesses?

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    1. Yes, this book did steadily win me over! I wouldn't recommend it to die hard sci-fi fans, unless they are the young adult inclusive kind. Most of those kind of readers prefer books like Enders Game, or so.

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  11. I feel terrible that I still haven't read any of Beth Revis's books, I even have copies! I have heard this one is pretty good, from other bloggers besides yourself, so I may cbeck it out at some point. Thanks for reviewing it!

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    1. I hope you manage to try them soon! I really read her Across the Universe series now.

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  12. The presmise actually sounds really interesting, but I don't know if I'll be reading this book. I read the Across the Universe by this author and I was a bit dissapointed with it. The book revolves around a mystery which I figured out really early on and I found the characters to be bland. The world she created on the space ship was intriguing though!

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    1. Oh, it's a shame you didn't like the other book. Maybe this one won't be for you though. I think Beth Revis does an awesome job of world-building.

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  13. This is a really cool concept! It sounds like overall the book had a lot of good things going for it (like the world). I enjoyed hearing your thoughts and have been wanting to read something by this author. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. I hope you manage to get to try her works! Yes, the world was amazing.

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  14. I've heard a lot of things about this book and most of all, I love the sci-fi concept behind it. The twisty plot is totally up my alley as well. Great review Olivia!

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    1. This sounds like one you would definitely enjoy reading, then ^.^

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  15. I'm not a fan of sci-fi but I'm always happy when people are reading.

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    1. Oh, I just love sci-fi! It's a shame you don't ;/

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  16. Ahhh! I've heard SO much about this book. I loved your review. Definitely scooting up on my TBR list!

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    1. Yeah, this is a pretty popular author. Whenever you try it, I hope you like it :)

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  17. This sounds like a fun read, I remember the book tour - but I passed on that offer :( the cover is so catchy, I'm disappointed it lagged a bit for you, but overall you did enjoy it :D x Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Oh, I wish you had read it! I think you might have liked this one because the character seems like one of those you would like. I love cover <3

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