I can honestly say that I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read this. I had read the synopsis so long ago and it seems a bit unlike what I'd read previously from the author, Beth Revis, but I had been so entranced with Across the Universe that I just had a feeling that I wasn't going to be disappointed. Guess what? I wasn't! This is one of the most original stories that I've read in a long time that centers on artificial intelligence, a still young government infrastructure and a war that isn't really over.
Ms. Revis knows how to create strong characters, even those that are intricately weak, and with doing so, I found myself captivated with Ella Shepherd and the dynamics of her family and the loss she was dealing with and the loss she knew she would be soon facing. The construction of the story is well thought out and progresses without missing a beat, even when shifting from one scenario to another and back again. The world created is done with such a descriptive way that is not boring, nor cumbersome but quickly is imagined by the reader. Jack...someone who will not give up even when he finds out that things are not the same as they were.
Ella finds herself in the middle of something that she's not so sure for awhile which side is the right side. She discovers things that would have the average person on their knees, begging for mercy. She finds her way through all the chaos and turmoil with the guidance of a forgotten friend. She sees things that can never be unseen and in the end, it just makes her stronger and more determined than ever.
This is a great read for anyone who likes a good science fiction story, without the need to seriously stretch your imagination with what's being described. This is a story where the science fiction parts have been touched on in some popular movies and literary pieces but are strengthened with the knowledge that some of it is not so far fetched. A Stephen Hawking quote comes to mind as I think about The Body Electric, "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Ella finds herself adapting to a lot of changes throughout this novel.