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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?
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, giving her mother a wonderful memory. The government wants this power of hers so she can stop any future wars from coming and to stop terrorists from hurting people. Then she meets a strange boy at the cemetery. He knows her, but she doesn’t know him at all. When Ella starts seeing visions of her dead father and he keeps telling her little clues, she realizes she could be part of something bigger than her alone.
I LOVE the world that Beth created. It sounds so much like the future world that I wasn’t surprised at all when people had nanobots directly inside their bodies. It sounded so creepy and cool at the same time. Beth just doesn’t write about it, she describes it and you get a bigger and more clearer picture of the world she has set up.
Now I didn’t quite understand the relationship between Jack and Ella, but sometimes I wanted to just slap her in the face. The things she would say, the things she would do were incredibly rude and mean. But then when we find out why she is that way, I completely understood. It made more sense too.
The parallels between our government and terrorism rang true in our own society.. I could see that some people might think parts of this fictional world could hold true in real life. And to be thinking about something as deadly as this could be treason. There were a lot of revelations at the end, and all I could think about was BAM! “There goes another truth..Holy will this ever end?” I didn’t want it to end because it was insanely gripping. Sure, there was a predictable villain, but that’s okay too because it just made it even worse having that person be the “bad guy.”
Bonus content at the end with a Q&A, A Brief History of the Unified Countries and I also learned this story is what is happening on Earth while Across the Universe played out. Nice!
If you like your science fiction with a little intrigue, action and crazy world-building, pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed!