The Body Institute by Carol RiggsThe Body Institute by Carol Riggs

The Body Institute

byCarol Riggs

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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"The Body Institute is a roller coaster of a book. This fast-paced sci-fi thriller grapples with issues of identity and scientific technology run amok in a society only two steps ahead of our own, while scrutinizing an all-encompassing obsession with being thin which is very much part of the here and now. Readers will love the twists and turns and be prompted to question their own relationship to technology, body image and the ever-growing power of mega-corporations." - C.K. Kelly Martin, author of Yesterday and Tomorrow

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...

Carol Riggs is the author of The Body Institute, her debut novel. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.
Title:The Body InstituteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.11 × 5.36 × 0.95 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633751252

ISBN - 13:9781633751255


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! As I was reading this book I couldn't help but compare it to the "Parallel Trilogy: The Complete Story" & 2 follow up books by Christine Kersey -- the mc in both are named Morgan and have similar themes (evil government forcing people to lose weight, clinics where this takes place, etc). They are different stories but some very similar ideas. So if you're sad this book is a stand-alone, check out the ones I just mentioned! That being said, I really liked this book! The concept is awesome and the characters are interesting. Is it a fat-shaming book? NO (and I am fat myself so I think I'm able to judge). Is it a book to read if you're a hypersensitive person who gets offended at anything and everything? Probably not. Jump on another hate train, seriously. And I am not getting into the, "but the book says fat people are a burden" thing/you can't hate on fat people!! -- you obviously didn't read it through to the end. You also don't understand why people in general say this (the person is not the burden, their physicality, health problems -- actual and eventual -- and associated issues are not a "burden" [that's really a poor choice of word], it's a "concern"). This book isn't a political rant against obesity, it's a discussion piece about a particular "what if" situation. And it's OK to talk about sensitive subjects, we can't always run away because we're afraid of stepping on some toes. If you read it through to the end, I'm sure you would be satisfied with the resolution. I'm sad this isn't a series book, I would love to find out what happens next with these characters -- but it is good as a stand-alone.
Date published: 2017-01-29