The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

August 22, 2014 2014, giveaway, guest post, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 119

The Body Electric by Beth Revis

When a series ends, sometimes we just aren’t ready to let go of the characters we’ve come to love. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy is a favorite of many YA scifi readers, so everyone was understandably excited when the author announced that she would be releasing a follow-up story this year entitled The Body Electric!

I was intrigued to hear that the author is self-publishing this new novel, which to me speaks to the degree of her love for her characters and for her fans. The author told me that only 350 copies of a very special edition will be printed, which will be available exclusively at her local bookshop Malaprops and at booksignings until they sell out. You can learn more about this fascinating experiment and the various other formats available in yesterday’s Publishers Weekly article on out-of-the box promotions. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, I think it’s pretty awesome that authors and independent retailers are doing what they can to attract readers, and it’s very clear that a lot of thought went into The Body Electric‘s promotion in particular. This collectible offers maps, artwork, interviews, and other exclusive bonus materials that fans are going to love!

We’re pleased to have Beth as our guest today to tell us a little more about how this passion project came to be. She’s also generously offering up one of those pretty special editions to our readers, so stick around for the giveaway at the end!

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by Beth Revis

The Body Electric is a book born of love. I wrote it—and am publishing it—for my  readers, all the ones who read Across the Universe and said they wanted more. The book isn’t a sequel, but it has the same tone and feel as my first series, and shows what was happening on Earth while my characters Amy and Elder were in space for my first trilogy. It’s really the reader’s love that made me write this book in this way, and it’s because I want them to have it now that I’m publishing it this year.

But the book is also born of a love of other books and science fiction in general. One of the quotes that most applies to me as a writer is by Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My stories—all of them—exist because of my love of reading.

The most influential book in writing The Body Electric was Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the basis for the movie Blade Runner), with a close second for his novella, “Total Recall.” I love the way Dick questions what it means to be human, how our experiences and our memories influence who we are, not just in how we perceive ourselves, but how we perceive the world around us. Because he made me love the questions and seek the answers, I’m twisting the ideas into my own story, my own questions that I hope readers will love to answer for themselves.

But there’s a little bit of everything I love in my books. I named characters after ones in Doctor Who, I slipped in a scene that references Firefly, I made an allusion to Douglas Adams. All of these little nods to the books and movies and sci fi that I love are seeded into the story, a tiny, almost invisible part of the whole, that only a few people (if any) notice at all.

But it’s that love for the genre, love for the works, and my love for my readers that makes those tiny details the larger part of the whole story. It’s that love that glues the whole story together.

vine-divider-finalAbout the Author

beth revisBeth 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 former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog. Currently, she is working on a new science fiction trilogy title for self publication and two forthcoming novels for Penguin/Razorbill. Visit her online on her website, Tumbler, GoodReads, and Twitter.

The Body Electric will be available online and at Malaprops Bookstore in October 2014.


vine-divider-finalWin a signed copy of The Body Electric!

Thanks to the author, we have an autographed copy of this special book to give away to our readers. This is a limited print run, numbered special edition of this book, so the winner’s going to have a very special collectible for his or her shelf!

All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re specifically excited about The Body Electric. Open to US residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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119 Responses to “The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway”

  1. Sierra

    Honestly? It’s the cover art! I’m a sucker for good cover art! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  2. Ava Jae

    I love Beth’s books! The ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series is what inspired me to write dual-POV AND Sci-Fi and I loved every book as much as the one before. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! :)
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  3. HollyB

    Why do I want to read this book? Well, mostly because I am a HUGE fan of Beth and would read pretty much anything she writes!! I also LOVE the cover, which I didn’t know until a few days ago was designed by Hafsah at Icey Books!! And I read mostly sci-fi anyway, so it’s just a perfect combination for me. I am SO looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Robin

    I adored Beth Revis’s Across the Universe Trilogy. I just wanted it to keep on going! I fell in love with the characters and the world and couldn’t stand to let them go. I am so excited for The Body Electric, and I hope I can fall in love with this world all over again.

  5. Katie F

    I would love a chance to win because it sounds so interesting and I just read her bio and we graduated from the same college with the same degree :)

  6. Viki S.

    I loved Beth’s Across The Universe series. I like how she explores things no one else has and I’m sure that The Body Electric will not fail me. I really am excited about getting my hands on this one :).

  7. Neil Klein

    I loved meeting the author at NCTE and reading the Universe trilogy (all signed of course). Reading this new book will give a great insight as to what was happening on Earth as the story unfolded in space. I’m also intrigued with the other scifi references Beth added (Firefly…..).
    Can’t wait to read this one.

  8. Danielle

    Ooooh thanks so much for the amazing giveaway! Would love to have’s such a lovely cover too!

    • Danielle

      Also, it sounds so interesting. I’ve been following all of Beth’s teasers and the fact that it doesn’t take place in the U.S. make it even cooler.

  9. Jessica

    I am specifically interested in this book because Beth Revis and the Across The Universe Trilogy was one of the reasons why I fell in love with the world of books. I remember exactly when I first picked up an advanced reader’s copy of ATU in Teen Library Council. I admit, it was one of those books that I grabbed just because I thought the cover looked pretty, but when I got home and started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I read half of that book in a day, because it literally sucked me in. I got to the point where if I set it down, I started missing Amy and Elder’s voices. I’d be reading late into the night, promising myself to go to sleep after I read just one more chapter, but one chapter turned into two which turned into five or ten. There was also just enough romance that it drove me crazy. I swear, it felt like Beth was teasing me at times. By the end of the third book, I was practically begging the characters to get together already. I also remember when I saw AMS at Teen Library Council for the first time. I almost died when I pulled it off our Teen Librarian’s cart. I was so sure that I was going to have to buy it (which I did eventually) because we never got ACRs of sequels. I think I squealed when I grabbed it and the whole room gave me a weird look. I read AMS in a whole weekend, and threw it against the wall because the ending made me so mad. Haha. The last book, I actually had to buy in order to read it. I remember picking it up the day it came out, and I can’t even tell you the mesh of feels it put me through. I was bawling, absolutely bawling by then end.

    I just love this series so much, sometimes I wonder if I’d appreciate books the same way I do now if I hadn’t picked up the first book that day in Teen Library Council. I also wonder if I’d ever like writing as much as I do, if I hadn’t read ATU. This series will always be a favorite of mine, and you can bet that I’ll be putting these books back to share with my future children some day.

    I freaked when I heard Beth was publishing The Body Electric. It would be awesome to read more about the world Beth created. I was always curious about what was happening back on Earth while all of the stuff in ATU was happening, because Beth was very vague about that in the other books.

    Thank you so, so much for the giveaway! <33

  10. Michael

    I am a huge fan of Beth Revis. I loved the Across the Universe Series. It is the only book I have that is signed by her and which I have both hardcovers and paperbacks of. Really can not wait to read her new book The Body Electric. Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

  11. Elizabeth Aguilar

    Beth Revis is one of my favorite authors. The stories she creates are so well-crafted; I can never get enough. I’d love it if I could get a copy of her book. Since she released the news, I’ve been impatiently waiting.

  12. Guadalupe Beas

    I just love the way Beth Revis writes. I really loved across the univse and how Beth portraits her characters. (: so excited for the giveaway-!!

  13. Mia

    Oh my God, I’m such a huge fan of Beth Revis. Waiting a month and five days for this book is going to drive me crazy (in a good way)!I got so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out I felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest. Also, the fact that Beth Revis likes the same Philip K. Dick books as I do makes me ridiculously happy. Well, I better stop myself before I go overboard with my fangirling…

  14. Sarah J.

    This is set on Earth during the time of Amy and Elder?OMG! Yes I need to read this! I didn’t even realize that this is what it’s about. It sounds so good.
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  15. Alessandra

    Loved every Beth Revis book reread them afterwards and I still can´t get enough of Beth Revis.
    When I found out that a new book is coming out I nearly got an heartatack because damn it is
    sc-fi plus whovian jokes its perfection.

  16. Sherry

    Hmm, considering… Sounds interesting enough, though I’m not too sure…

  17. Guadalupe Beas

    Im so excited for this giveaway! I really would love to win. I love across the universe. And im sure I love

  18. Precy Larkins

    I’m a huge fan of Beth Revis ever since I read her Across the Universe trilogy. I wasn’t into sci-fi before but her books changed all that. :) Body Electric supposedly took place on Earth while Elder and Amy were up in space. So I’m really excited for this book.

  19. Hayden Marie

    Super stoked for this because her trilogy was lovely, and I’d love to know more about the world (er, universe ;) ) and characters!

  20. Natalie

    OH OH OH I wanna read this! Like a lot. Beth Revis is a brilliant author and fellow lover of Toms. I will read anything she writes, and I will definitely peruse this one. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  21. Elisquared

    I fell in love with Beth’s world as soon as I got an ARC of Across the Universe. Elder and Amy are my favorites, but I would love to read about just exactly what kind of society they come from. What kind of Earth is there that they have to create this ship and this mission to colonize a brand new planet?

    I’m also really intrigued by the ability aspect of this story. The whole looking into peoples’ memories is so cool, and dangerous. This is exactly the kind of sciency-supernaturally stuff I loved about the Across the Universe series. Can;t wait to get a copy. I’m going to have to dust off my ole e-reader just for this book!! But thanks SO much for the chance to win one of these amazing copies!!
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  22. maat

    I loved Across the Universe and I can’t wait to read this either.

  23. Olivia

    When I finished Across the Universe I forced my mom to drive me to the libray across town to get A Million Suns. The next day, I begged again and she drove me to a different library, on the opposite side of town. After that, I cried. A lot. But that’s beside the point. What I’m trying to say is I want to read everything in the same universe as Amy. I want to read everything by Beth Revis. The story was so beautiful and enticing the mystery interesting and the romance wonderful, but not over powerful. This is getting intense and I’m getting off topic again, I apologize. The Body Electric is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m soo excited for it.

  24. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    It seems like more and more authors are choosing to go the self-pub route after being dropped by their publishers, and I personally am all for it. Can we get a heck yeah for more creative freedom, and control over who’s pockets the sales are landing in!? I’m relieved to learn that Beth Revis is forging onward. Best of luck with your new venture! Thanks for sharing this fab news, Wendy. :)
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  25. Lea Johnson

    I’m really glad she decided to publish this book – it sounds incredible (plus, I’m always fond of books that make Firefly references). Her previous novels were fantastic, so I’m sure TBE will be amazing. I’m excited to see what surprises Revis has in store for her readers.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  26. Rebecca

    This sounds really good! I have Across the Universe and haven’t had a chance to read it yet, sadly. I’m definitely adding this one to my TBR list, though – it seems like it could be read as a standalone (but correct me if I’m wrong!).

  27. Gabby

    I’m excited to see this series get a new installment! I also find it interesting that this next novel will be self-published. Plan to add it to my goodreads list!

  28. Erica

    I loved the Across the Universe series and I am so excited for this new series to come out! I think Beth Revis is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read this new book.

  29. Liat

    I actually don’t know the author. I was first intrigued by the cover, and after reading the synopsis, I’m even more interested. I really want to find a good YA scifi book (although I’m not sure how science-y this book is going to be. I would be happy with some neurobiology!), and this looks like a good option. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Jenna

      I definitely recommend checking out her previous series, Across the Universe, if you can. :)

  30. Sandy

    I am so curious about this book and it seems like it’s even more special because it was written with her fans in mind. Also I’m SO intrigued to see how she fit in references to Firefly, Doctor Who, etc….

    Thanks to you and Beth for providing such a cool giveaway :)

  31. Chante Marie

    AH!!!!! How can someone not want to win this book!!! I’m sad to hear only 350 copies will be printed. I love the tidbit “I named characters after ones in Doctor Who, I slipped in a scene that references Firefly, I made an allusion to Douglas Adams.” It makes me just want to dive in and find each and everyone of them. Incredible giveaway!

  32. Kiara Hardmo

    I would love to read this book. Mostly because I would love to become even more emursed in the sci-fi world Mrs. Revis has created!

  33. Alyson C.

    I loved the Across the Universe series, so I can’t wait to read what was happening on Earth while our attention was turned towards space. The whole thing sounds brilliant!

  34. Michaela

    I loved AtU! It is one of my very favorite series. Beth is a brilliant writer, and I am so excited to read more from her. And it’ll be awesome to see what was happening on Earth while Amy and Elder were in space.

  35. Holly U

    I did not know this book was going to be self-published, but that’s awesome! I love that she’s so passionate about the project and the story that she’s still going to put it out in the world. And I love that she’s doing this for her readers. I actually haven’t read the Across the Universe series, and every time I see it at the library, I pass it up. I should probably change that and grab it on the next library trip. I’ve heard amazing things about the series. :)
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  36. Christine

    I really enjoyed Beth’s Across the Universe trilogy, and I’m so excited for this new book!

  37. Teresa Myers

    You know what’s so great about Beth Revis? She gets her fans because she is one herself. I can’t wait to see all the little references to things she loves in the book. I loved Across the Universe because it was a real space book with a story that seemed real. I could see everything that happens happening. I’m sure The Body Electric will be the same.
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  38. Sarah F

    This book sounds really cool! I haven’t read the Across the Universe series yet, but I really want to now knowing this book takes place in the same time period.

    • Michaela

      You really should read AtU! It is SUCH a good series, and Amy and Elder have a great romance. It also keeps you guessing about what is going on until the very end, which I love in a book. It’ll probably help you understand TBE better as well.

  39. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Oooh this one does have my curious! I still have yet to read Across the Universe series and it sounds really refreshing.

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy! <33

  40. Elyssa

    I’m super excited to read this because I really enjoyed the Across the Universe series and would love to see what else the author can come up with.

  41. Crystal

    I would love to win because I’m a huge fan of Beth’s Across The Universe series and since this book somehow complements the series, I am so excited to read it! And I got to admit, the cover is really awesome and well, it’s pretty cover definitely caught my attention too.
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  42. Leandra Wallace

    One of the best opening scenes I’ve ever read was in Across the Universe. And I’m always fascinated by the journey of people who self-publish as well. Being in complete control of things like the cover would be so much fun! And I love this one! I am a die-hard silhouettes girl. =)
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  43. Christina R.

    LOVE BEth Revis’ writing and her Across the Universe series was wonderful – both the worldbuilding and characters were so very real.

    LOVE that she’s included references to things she loves in this one :)

    thank you :)

  44. Brit M.

    Saying I can’t wait for this new book is an understatement. I absolutely loved reading the Across the Universe series. It was absolutely amazing. I love Beth Revis’s writing. Thank you for sharing this, I didn’t know she was self publishing this book.

  45. Lucy

    This sounds really cool! I don’t read a lot of scifi but I liked the Across the Universe series so trust that this will be awesome too. I may have to order one of those special books from Malaprop’s if I can. Way to create demand with a limited 350 print run!

  46. Amanda Douglas

    I’m so excited for this giveaway! I loved the Across the Universe trilogy and I love Beth’s writing style & voice. I’m also looking forward for the scene that references Firefly:)

  47. Nikki Robinson

    I loved the Across the Universe series. I’d kind of wondered if there was stuff going on back on Earth during the duration of the series, so it’s exciting that a companion is being written during that time period! I am anxious to find out what was happening! It’s also great that this is being self-published. I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy.

  48. Ana Victoria Taboada

    HI! I would love to win this book! I loved Beth Revi’s world in Godspeed, so I’m guessing I will love this one too. I’m so excited!!

  49. Raven Desroches

    I absolutely adored the Across the Universe trilogy and I love Beth’s writing so I’m just naturally super excited for this book :)

  50. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I adored Beth’s Across the Universe series with its unique plot and great writing so, of COURSE, I’m interested in this new story of hers…though, I have to admit, I don’t love the title. I keep picturing some 70’s movie where they danced the Body Electric — was that Fame? *ponders*
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  51. Larissa

    How intriguing! (: I find it so amazing that so many authors are dedicated to their readers on such a level that they release books like this, and the fact it’s self published further shows how far Beth will go to make us happy. I enjoyed the Across the Universe series so I’ll definitely be checking this one out and seeing what it’ll add to the story. I really do enjoy reading sci-fi within YA so seeing more undoubtedly well done additions makes me so happy. The cover really is interesting to me also, loving the green ahaha.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Winning this one would be a very special prize indeed :)

  52. Sarena

    I loved the Across the Universe Trilogy, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a good science-fiction!

  53. Julie

    I love Beth Revis’s books. They are amazing and I love the worlds she creates. I am looking forward to seeing what world she creates in this one!

  54. Lolita AI

    I immediately fell in love with the series, there isnt anything else like it!

  55. David

    I absolutely loved Across the Universe and I am sooooo looking forward to reading The Body Electric.

  56. Carina Olsen

    I adore this post. <3 Thank you so much for sharing it :D I adore Beth. Adore her so so much. And I love her books. <3 And I have been dying to read The Body Electric for ages, hih :D I cannot wait. So when the pre-order went up today for the special limited edition, I pre-ordered two copies just for me :) I cannot wait to get them. <3 And ack. I'm just so excited about this book :D But also feeling a bit heartbroken that publisher didn't want it? :( That is just cruel. They should beg to get anything that Beth writes :) But still. I'm so glad Beth decided to publish it herself. <3 She is awesome.
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  57. Liv_The Absent Historian

    I have yet to actually pick up a Beth Revis book but because of this interview and reading the blurb, I think I would love her books, so I should probably get around to it shortly!

  58. Michelle V. B.

    I loved how much dedication Revis has to writing, her craft, and to her readers. It says so much that an author would choose to self publish something out of love. Usually, I find that the passion will show and reflect onto the words in the story. I really enjoyed Revis’ Across the Universe series, so I can only imagine what she has in store for us fans. The title drew me in, the cover fueled my interest, and my imagination of endless possibilities is making me obsessed.

    I simply cannot wait!

  59. Nikki

    Firefly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Douglas Adams AND Total Recall?! I’m practically swooning over here!

  60. Andrea

    I just started reading “Across the Universe” this morning and could barely put it down when it was time to leave for work. I know I’ll be itching for this book by the time it’s released. I’m also a HUGE PKD fan, so I can’t wait to see how his work influences this one!

  61. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I love that she is self-publishing this book. It just goes to show how much she truly cares about her readers.
    I haven’t read past the first book in her series, but I remember really liking it. I’m in love with this cover. The green is so lovely. I know she said this isn’t a sequel, but do you have any idea if this will be written as a series or is it just a stand alone?
    Thanks for sharing, Wendy! :)
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  62. Kristy Petree

    I’d like to read this because I’ve intended to read the Across the Universe trilogy (have friends that loved it, just haven’t gotten around to it myself yet) and reading everything back to back would be perfect. Thanks! :)

  63. Amanda

    I love the Across the Universe books. Such a beautiful story. I can’t wait to read this one too!

  64. Rashika

    I had NO idea Beth was self-publishing this one and I am glad she is! I adored the Across the Universe Trilogy (although I still need to read the last book *hides*) and was so excited to hear she had a new book coming out! I am really looking forward to see what awaits us in this tale! I have to admit though, I love sci fic but I probably won’t get half the references made :P

    Thank you so much for writing this guest post, Beth and thank you Wendy for sharing it!! :)
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  65. Pili

    I read and quite loved the Across the Universe trilogy and when I heard about this book taking place on Earth at the same time that things were happening for Amy and Elder in the ship, I found myself really intrigued cause I was wondering what would be happening on Earth too, would it be completely apocalytpic? would they be managing okay? And now reading that Beth inspired herself in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and all the references from my very favourite sci-fi she has included (Doctor Who! Firefly!! Douglas Adams!!!) I’m dying to read this one!

    I’m quite happy to say I have my eBook preordered but now I’m so tempted to preorder one of the special editions if they’re still available! Too bad Malaprops website seems to be down cause I cannot access it right now!
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    • Wendy Darling

      If you find 43,324 hours in the day, I INSIST that you share. I hear you on the lack of time, there will never be enough time to read all the books we want! I’m glad you’re interested in reading this one, though. Beth is great.