Title: The Body Institute
Author: Carol Riggs
Synopsis: 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
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: I have extremely mixed feelings about this one… I received this ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I really will try to do as best I can.
Basically this is a futuristic world where money is obsolete, replaced by credits, and you can get fined for being overweight. That’s what Reducers are for – you can get your body taken over by someone else who can get your body all fit and in shape. However, like every seemingly utopian world, there’s something wrong with it. So really it’s another teen dystopian…eh, there’s never too many teen dystopian books out there, right?
There’s things that I loved about this ARC – like how it’s slightly different to other dystopians out there now, and how it’s got a sort of Jetsons-esque feel to the world. Also, the main love interest – Superguy – is a total cutie pie. I’d definitely choose him in whatever body I got given to reduce.
However, I feel like Riggs could have explained the world itself a little more – in just a few paragraphs, or even an appendix at the end of the book to explain the different coloured zones, and different rules of this world she’s created. For a lot of the book I was lost as to where it was actually set. It’d have been nice to have that clarified.
All in all, I’m looking forward to a potential sequel, since this was definitely an interesting read. It’s not usually my type of thing, but I enjoyed it for the most part, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s a Divergent fan.
The Body Institute is published Sept 1st 2015.