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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 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 m... ...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! I’m not go.../>

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... ...more

By Martina October 05, 2015

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

By Karen August 26, 2015

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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 it...

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... ...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 t... ...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 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 my pic...

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Carol Riggs

About the author

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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