Thursday, August 27, 2015

WRI Reviews: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

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The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Pages: 368
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Entangled Teen
Format: ePub
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...

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My Review
Let's get in to it. Morgan is a Reducer. She has volunteered, for pay, to enter the body of overweight females in order to lose their weight for them. In this future, being unhealthy isn't illegal but extremely discouraged. It is like what some businesses and insurance companies are doing now, charging extra for unhealthy life choices. Each person has a weight range they are allowed to be in and if they go over it the a fined. This is where The Body Institute enter in. People who can afford it can have someone else live in their body while losing weight for them.

So here's my issue. Being your ideal weight is good for a person. However, weight and health are not the same thing. There are unhealthy skinny people like there are healthy overweight people. So to force people to be a certain weight is just vanity to me. Also as in most if not all dystopian books the government is infringing on citizens rights.

The book is an interesting concept. I think if it was available many people would go to the institute. Unfortunately, the pace was very slow. It picked a little around chapter 18 but it still stayed on the slower side for me. But that is where (chapter 18) the story get interesting and things start to happen because of course things are not what they appear to be at the institute.

The book doesn't end in a cliffhanger but there is some unfinished business that could be built upon if the authors chooses to do a second book. Should you read it? Sure especially if you are into dystopian novels. It may not top your list of favorite reads though I doubt it will be on the bottom of that list either. 

About the Author

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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