Title: The Body Institute
Author: Carol Riggs
Published: September 1, 2015
Note: I received an advance copy of this title for review purpose. Receipt of a free copy does not guarantee a review, as I only review books that I am enthusiastic about recommending. I only recommend books that fit the focus of this blog and rate three stars or higher. Receipt of a free copy has no bearing on rating.
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…
Characterization and badassery
I liked Morgan. She had determination and drive. She had questions. And when bad stuff happens, she doesn’t sit around saying boohoo (much) about it. She adjusts and moves forward. Morgan is one of the more refreshing characters I’ve read lately and I really enjoyed her.
Plot and pacing
The story moved along and took a couple unexpected turns, as well as a couple very expected ones. Overall, I felt like it was a quick, engaging read. Quite a satisfying one, too.
Prose and editing
A conversational tone and a solid job of editing. Good.
Hm, I’m not particularly recalling humor. But it didn’t seem unfunny, either.
I found this a surprisingly good read, with a very interesting premise. The only stumbling points I had regarded Morgan’s motivation for taking part in the loaner program. Sometimes her stimulus seems murky at times, while it feels belabored at others. But other than that, I really enjoyed this one.