The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (274 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…
They say you should be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true. Should Morgan worry about her newest plan to get her family out of debt?
The technology in this book made me shudder. It was especially fascinating to read the explanations for how the scientists and doctors at The Body Institute managed to transfer a person’s consciousness from one body to another one. These sections were laid out so clearly that I could picture exactly how each step worked. This is something I look for in the science fiction genre, so I was glad to see it show up so quickly in this tale.
While I liked the characters who were involved in the romantic subplot quite a bit, the chemistry between them never worked for me. A friendship between them made sense, but they didn’t seem to have enough in common to show why they would make a good couple.They also had so many other things going on in their lives that I had trouble understanding how they would find the time for each other.
There were several plot twists that I didn’t see coming ahead of time. Being surprised by them made me enjoy the story even more than I already was, especially since all of them fit in so well with what I’d already figured out about the characters who were involved in them. This definitely makes me curious to see what Ms. Riggs will come up with next.
I’d recommend The Body Institute to both adult and young adult fans of science fiction.