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The Body Electric: Special Edition

by Beth Revis

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"What if eternity is nothing more than me, alone, in the darkness?"

En un mundo futurista donde los androides son cosas de todos los días, un grupo terrorista amenaza la paz del Gobierno Unido, y Ella con su habilidad única de poder ingresar a los sueños de los demás parece ser la clave que podría detenerlo todo.

O al menos eso le han hecho creer, hasta que un día un misterioso chico llamado Jack, que dice conocerla muy bien, le advierte que está en peligro. El problema es que Ella no recuerda a Jack... y ahora no sabe en quien confiar.

Esto es una extraña mezcla de Inception, Blade Runner y Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind... y no una que funcione particularmente bien.

Al comienzo me costó mucho interesarme en la historia, la escritura es repetitiva y le falta fluidez. La autora nos dice una otra y otra vez la historia del "nuevo mundo", de la guerra secesionaria, del gobierno unido, de la importancia de los inventos de los padres de Ella...

Fue sólo cuando había leído ya casi 30% del libro que los hechos comenzaron a ponerse interesantes. Ella comienza a darse cuenta que todo lo que creía era una mentira. Hay nuevas alianzas, persecuciones, sueños, un plow twist inesperado por aquí, otro pequeño plow twist no tan inesperado por allá. Y cuando por fin estaba comenzando a gustarme... BOOM! Más escritura repetitiva. Y me perdieron de nuevo.

El último 20% del libro es más o menos un copia y pega de esto, con una que otra variación:
-Cierto personaje diciéndole a Ella que le diga el secreto.
-Ella diciendo que no sabe el secreto.
-Cierto personaje amenazando con hacerle daño a Ella para que le diga el secreto.
-Ella aún diciendo que no sabe el secreto.

Hasta que finalmente, en las ultimas 10 paginas mas o menos, Ella descubre el gran secreto; pasan unas cuantas cosas clichés, exageradas, poco creíbles y apresuradas. Dejándome tan decepcionada como al comienzo.

De hecho, había pensado darle puntos extras por la falta de desarrollo romántico innecesario Aún luego de que Ella se entera de que Jack fue su novio, ella sólo trata de de entender porque no lo recuerda, peeero luego de ese final me di cuenta en realidad este libro no tiene ningún tipo de desarrollo: ni romántico, ni de personajes (que son tan unidimensionales desde el principio hasta el final), ni de trama (solo nos cuentan lo mismo una y otra vez).

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  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Yeah, 200th book of 2014!

I'm always on a quest to search for good Dystopian novels, but to be honest, that's not even why I chose this book. I mean, look at its cover. I found it to be one of the covers that stood most out for me last year. It almost feels like a bonus that the story itself was so good too...

Ella works in a spa, using a technology her mother created to let people relive their memories and that will allow Ella to enter these memories. It's a bit like the Animus from Assassin's Creed now I think of it. Still struggling with the loss of her father, who was murdered by terrorist because of his work, and the upcoming loss of her mother, who terminally ill and deteriorating quickly, Ella starts to see mysterious things, like images of her father trying to tell her something. When different groups are telling Ella different stories, what should she believe?

One of the things I really liked is the setting: Malta. I don't think I've read a lot of books set in that region, and even though the stories takes place a long from now in the future I still think it added to the story even though the biggest part of the story takes place in so called New Venice, built between the two main islands of Malta.

Technology has advanced, there's colonization of space, androids to do chores and experimental nanobots that will instantly heal you (to a certain point where it starts to get dangerous). However, there's also talk about the limitations of these advances, where will they stop. It even asks the famous question from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? : What is it that makes humans human? (As I write this review I wonder if the title is in fact a reference to Philip K. Dick)

The story started as the usual dystopian YA. Girl is asked to help spy on the rebels, she meets rebels, we all know what happens next. But is has been given nice twists, even to the mandatory love-subplot. It also stars one of the biggest plot-twists from last year, which I should have seen coming, but saw far too late.

I haven't even mentioned the best part: It's a standalone! It's still possible to write Dystopian YA without feeling the need to stretch the story endlessly! I read most of this book on a train/waiting for said train (as it was such a nice, fast read), and I'm definitely going to check out Beth Revis' other series Across the Universe.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
One of my favorite things about Beth Revis is that she is excellent at world building. I felt like I transported into this futuristic version of Malta.

Ella is definitely a character that doesn’t know who she is or where she belongs. Or who to trust for that matter. She is thrown into this war that she didn’t really know was going on, and doesn’t know who is telling the truth. There are some things that she finds out that are disturbing to her, and not at all like what she thought was happening. There are times where she makes some questionable decisions. I felt like taking her by the shoulders and shoving her in the other direction.

Like I said before, the world building is amazing. The futuristic science and way they live were believable. There were a few scientific terms that went way over my head, but I didn’t let it distract me from the story. If you’ve read her Across the Universe series you’ll see some of the companies and other things mentioned in this book. I was all excited when I saw the references. I did like that this book doesn’t take place in America. Most of the books I’ve read in this genre usually take place somewhere well-known, but this was refreshing.

I loved this book, and can’t wait to see what Revis has in store for us next. ( )
  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0990662616, Paperback)

This Special Edition features more than 20 pages of extra content, including an author interview, a short story that inspired the novel, an article about the development of the world, and more! 
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?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:52 -0400)

Ella Shepherd discovers that she has the ability to alter other people's memories, but soon learns that she may have been a victim of memory alteration herself as she seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding the technology.

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