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Peek Inside The Body Institute

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan Dey is a top teen Reducer at The Body Institute. She temporarily lives in someone else's body and gets them in shape so they're slimmer and healthier. But there are a few catches. Morgan can never remember anything while in her “Loaner” body, including flirt-texting with the super-cute Reducer she just met or the uneasy feeling 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. Now she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul...

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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…



"A fascinating, page-turning novel with the perfect balance of romance and science-fiction. Readers will love Morgan and her journey as she solves the mystery of what's really going on at The Body Institute."   -- Elana Johnson, author of Possession

"A fantastic and thought-provoking read! Riggs examines autonomy, ethics, politics, healthcare, complicated family dynamics, and a touch of romance in this sci-fi page turner."   -- Lydia Kang, author of Control andCatalyst

"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

Morgan Dey is a Reducer, a surrogate mind with a passion for exercise and will power to match. In a future where fat is taxed by the pound and the rates go up with each year of obesity, the Body Institute and the families of affluent, overweight teens contract with her to put her own body on ice while her brain patterns are scanned into the Loaner bodies of other teens desperate to slim down. She hopes to earn enough to payoff crushing family debts and scrape together money for her own education as an engineer. Her plan might work, but the Warriors of Humanity Alliance, more warrior than humane in their tactics, complicate the situation. There are also the residual memories infiltrating her mind from the young women for whom she is losing weight. Stir in a cute Reducer guy for romantic interest. The plot simmers nicely as the WHA and the Body Institute are revealed to be opportunistic villains cut from similar cloth. Themes of body image and identity, of government manipulation and conspiracy will appeal to teens who like their dystopian fiction spicy but not gruesome. Minor characters such as parents, grandfather, and surrogate family are developed just enough to inspire believability and invite readers to care about them. There is plenty of suspense to keep the pages turning, and a satisfying ending that affirms the endurance of family. Reviewer: Donna L Phillips; Ages 12 to 18.   --VOYA, December 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 5)

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751262
Release Date: Sep 1, 2015
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Brenda October 26, 2019

Morgan Dey was concentrating on earning maximum credits to help pay her Grandad’s debts as well as help her parents, plus have enough for college. The opening at the Body Institute for Reducers – inhabiting the body of a Loaner while the Reducer loses weight for her – had the type of credits she was ...more

By Carol November 13, 2015

I wrote this book and it's my "baby," so how can I give it any less than 5 stars? I've had awesome fun writing it, along with some hair-pulling and tooth-gnashing moments. It has evolved from more contemporary beginnings into science fiction, had the ending majorly changed at least 3 times, and take ...more

By Elana June 11, 2015

I got to read this book a bit early, and I absolutely loved it. From relatable characters, to delectable writing, to a stellar plot, THE BODY INSTITUTE has it all. If you like smart YA with the perfect touch of romance, you'll love this book! ...more

By Martina October 05, 2015

This is wonderful and scary and beautiful and thought-provoking. LOVED it! ...more

By puppitypup January 25, 2016

YA Suspense I'm impressed!

Okay, first off, full disclosure. The author is a friend of mine in real life, although, I did meet her on GR first. It's funny, I've had many people confuse me with my identical twin over the years, but that usually happens in person. Carol met my twin, then, one day, saw ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson August 21, 2015

First I have to say that I would love to be in another body and change it. I would love to be someone else who does not have a busy life. I would love to lose all the weight and be toner than I am but I am not sure I would want to pay the price for having all those changes.

Morgan Dey is one of the t ...more

By Kimber September 12, 2015

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Unique urban sci-fi with a very intriguing premise.

I was hooked the moment I read the blurb. The idea of uploading someone's mind into another's body is fascinating... it also has the implications for so much abuse. For main cha ...more

By Karen August 26, 2015

See my full review KissinBlueKaren

The Body Institute has a really interesting book about a society so focused on weight it goes to extreme measures. This is a fun YA science fiction read.

I found this a pretty interesting read. It kept my attention. I loved that it was a stand alone, although if ...more

By Jess July 25, 2015

That was science fiction terrifying at its finest. While it is a similar idea as the Starters duology, it takes a very different execution. Some of the lessons were a bit heavy handed, but it brought up a lot of ethical issues.

I could absolutely see this happening and it scared the crap out of me! ...more

By Nicole September 01, 2015

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Body Institute is a really unique sci fi dystopian YA novel. I loved the concept behind it and thought it was executed really well. This is one of those books that really makes you think – and you know how I love that! ...more

By Stephanie August 31, 2015

The Body Institute contains the type of story that is frightening to think about because it could possibly happen one day. One day science could advance to a point where it is possible for people to switch bodies and that the government can control more things - such as a persons weight.

We all ready ...more

By Danielle August 05, 2015

E-copy received courtesy of NetGalley.

Every time I read a dystopian novel I tend to feel grateful for the world I live in, despite all the horrible things going on, because the world I just finished reading about is usually a whole lot worse off. It also tends to frighten me a bit because the futur ...more

By Anjie August 21, 2015

Plot/Concept: The Body Institute is definitely a whole new concept, one that I have yet to come across. I think that it was a great choice, given how prominent weight is discussed in our world today. Coming from a nutrition background, I know that every 2 out of 3 Americans are either overweight or ...more

By Shannon September 09, 2015

What a book!! This one just grabbed me by the hair and yanked me right along for a thrill ride. I absolutely loved it! Morgan lives in a dystopian world where people are fined for being overweight beyond an acceptable range. A special institute was created where people who are good at exercise and l ...more

By Alyssa August 30, 2015

*Thank you very much to Net Galley and the Publisher for my copy of this book!*

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs is a Young Adult book in the Science Fiction genre. It is a story with such a unique concept, one I have never read anything like before. Morgan’s job is being a reducer – where she takes ...more

By Krystianna September 05, 2015

**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 ca ...more

By Rosie January 31, 2020

Such a unique and exciting premise! The technology focus in The Body Institute isn't so inconceivable to our modern society, and Riggs paints a compelling picture of the dystopian possibilities that come with unregulated expansion. I'm so excited to read more by Riggs! ...more

By Alicia October 20, 2019

Riveting but daunting stuff

The stuff authors think up astounds me. This book wouldn't let me let the story go and it was a Great story too. ...more

By Sandra "Jeanz" September 01, 2015

So I discovered this one in an email from Entangled Teen, and read the description and was immediately intrigued with the whole brain map/body swap element of the book. So I was looking forward to reading and reviewing this book for my blog.

I requested and received an e-copy ...more

By Aleya November 25, 2015

I was fortunate enough to receive this book from Entangled (through Netgalley) a few days back (that does, in no way, affect my review). Once I started the book I wasn’t able to put it down—luckily enough, I was in the car for 4 hours so I had plenty of time to read. I had heard about this book back ...more

By Dana January 31, 2018

A good read for anyone who likes angsty teen reads. If you enjoyed Unwind then you will like this one. ...more

By Kelly September 05, 2015

Check out all of my reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings

This book had an incredibly interesting premise, and I thought it was written very well. Set in the future, we start off with our main character, Morgan Dey, a teen Reducer at The Body Institute, who is finishing off a job in a loaner bo ...more

By T May 21, 2020

I found myself thinking about this book weeks later. It really was an intriguing concept. I will recommend it 👍😃 ...more

By Sara August 21, 2015

Find this review and more on my blog, The Reality of Books:

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs is one of the most well written ARCs I’ve read thus far this year. Originally I clicked on it because the cover intrigued me. I was mildly concerned upon first reading ...more

By Nancy (The Avid Reader) September 08, 2015

I recieved a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Morgan Dey is a seventeen year old and of course still lives with her parents and her grandfather. Her grandfather has lives with them for a while and Morgan loves her parents and grandfather more than anything. She loves them ...more

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Carol Riggs

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Carol Riggs

Carol Riggs lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. 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.

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