Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher for Review
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top 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 summer, 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....
**Thanks to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
The Body Institute was an eerie science fiction novel that I completely ate up! It follows Morgan, who works for this place called The Body Institute. Basically, people can loan out their bodies for someone called a reducer to tone up and make slimmer. It's a way to keep obesity down, so many people donate their bodies to do this, especially because people in this society are taxed for being overweight. There are also random weigh-ins at school and such, which could be pretty scary, especially if you didn't work out the day before and you snacked on tons of ice cream instead.
Morgan is a reducer, so she helps slim down other people's bodies in exchange for lots of credits in order to help out her family and her grandfather. However, when Morgan goes to do her second reducer job, she's told by quite a few people not to. Perhaps she should've listened!
I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this story, especially because of how incredibly unique it was. I absolutely ate up this world; it was kind of creepy but extremely interesting! I really adored Morgan as well, and I loved how badly she wanted to help out her family, no matter the cause. Matt was such an awesome supporting character. He was so geeky and sweet, and I loved him to bits. I also like how he and Morgan were always there for each other.
I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed; I feel like the story could've gone on for a bit longer but then again science fiction novels tend to be a little fast-paced towards the end. Plus, I still want to know more about what happened! With that being said, I'd love to read anything else that Carol Riggs writes in the future, especially if she has more amazing ideas like the idea behind this wonderful story.