The Body Institute
by Carol Riggs
Release Date: 09/01/15
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
Well, this was interesting! One part of me says yes let's do it! I would love to have someone lose weight for me, as I am a chubby kid. I love my cajun, southern Louisiana cooking. But another part of me says hell no! This is my body, my brain, and who would take care of my fur babies while I was "frozen"? I mean seriously. It's so curious. And to have some of the pressures my life has, to not have them. And then... No, I would rather my lower income, chubby self than to give over my complete freedom. And that's what this is. How do you know you will come back the same with memory gaps from that time. Seriously, this story was fascinating.
Morgan is a top contender for young reducers. She takes over the body of someone over weight, having her "brain files" transferred into that body, and works them out and teaches their body what is needed for the future to stay that way. She's young and she believes in this, and the pay is fantastic too. When she is done, she gets her brain files put back into her body, and her body gets unfrozen. Well, kinda, it's hard to explain. So read it. The other person wakes up from a long nap without cravings and a great body. Oh, but little side note, she doesn't get to remember her months in the other body. She has small info given to her but not her actual memories from that time.
Some weird things have been happening. When she wakes up, there's all these protests outside of the building, people are saying crazy things. Threatening things. Horrible things. Morgan doesn't pay too much attention because she thinks they don't understand, but she's had some weird feeling. And she's getting these "glitches". She isn't quite sure what is really going on. And Morgan grows as the story goes on. You think she's a simple girl, but she's become quite complex as the story went on. She's smart and independent, but she's been drilled by the government on over weight people. I dunno if we could be friends, as I'm over weight. It's not her fault, but how she learned to be.
The writing is very well done. Things are explained so there's no confusion and this plot line is really unique. An everyday thing like obesity is turned into something good, and/or bad, depending on how you look at it. How to save the world from itself. But is it really? I liked how the story ended but I would still like more. There's no cliff hanger, but there could be an opening for more. I hope this happens. :) With that said, it's a bittersweet end, but one that was very real. I hope to see something in the future :) 4.5 PAWS!!
About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member.
You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.