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The Body Institute

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Are we our minds... or our bodies?

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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Entangled: Teen
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Alina While YA could use more variety within their story lines, I'm surprised that you find romance in these types of novel to be so "boring" or "lazy". Fra…moreWhile YA could use more variety within their story lines, I'm surprised that you find romance in these types of novel to be so "boring" or "lazy". Frankly, a large audience of YA readers are young females, much like myself, and we read these types of books to escape from our lives sometimes. Romance adds fun and magic to the experience. Love is the spark that keeps life interesting. Love is the ties that bind me to my family, friends, and yes, even boyfriends. Love is what makes me wake up every morning excited for what lies ahead. For me, a lack of love in literature, means there is nothing to love at all.(less)
Carol Riggs UPDATE! As of January 2018, a companion novel is in the works. It is written from another character's point of view but continues the story where The …moreUPDATE! As of January 2018, a companion novel is in the works. It is written from another character's point of view but continues the story where The Body Institute left off. It will continue the themes of body image and weight loss in a climate of government control. Stay tuned!

Hi Kaeleigh, thanks for your question, especially since a lot of people have been wondering about a sequel. Originally I had a sequel in mind, but as my agent and I were looking for a publisher for The Body Institute, Lissa Price's STARTERS came out. At least as I had my sequel outlined at the time, there were too many similarities between the plot of it and Starters (assassination attempts, etc.), so we thought TBI should probably be a standalone. I could conceivably come up with a different plotline for a sequel at some point if I wanted, and there are definitely threads that I could use or unravel a bit to continue the story that I have in TBI. I would just have to alter the plot and make sure it was unique enough not to sound like a copycat version of STARTERS. It likely would not involve the issues of weight loss, body image, and identity that I have in TBI, which was the point (theme) of the novel.(less)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Your assignment is complete. Restoration is scheduled for oh-nine-forty-five today in the administrative building.”

This was an interesting sci-fi story about a girl who switched into other people’s bodies to help them lose weight, and there were some shocking moments!

I felt quite sorry for Morgan in this story, as what happened wasn’t her fault, but left her
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 after. Much against the wishes of her Grandad, but with her parent’s approval, Morgan did her first job. The success was exciting and Morgan, although not remembering any of the past three months, de ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arc
Update 5/26/2016

I'm not sure why people are getting so pissy over this review, but I'm more than happy to block nasty little trolls and be done with it. I don't have time to sit here and babysit this review. Not every book is going to be liked by everyone. Grow up and get over it. I'm already pissed off that there was an author on this thread trying to tell me that I'm wrong.

DNF: 10%

I was enjoying this one a bit. But the more I read, the angrier I was becoming.

This is a LOT of fat shaming in th
Carol Riggs
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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 taken a long and winding road to its birth. I'm proud of finishing and publishing this as my debut novel.

Many heartfelt thanks to my agent, critique partners, and the team at Entangled Teen for helping m
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Martina Boone
This is wonderful and scary and beautiful and thought-provoking. LOVED it!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
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 top ten Reducers at The Body Institute. She takes over another girls body and changes her body by getting it in shape and then she returns to her own body where she resumes her reducer life. This seems
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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 in GR and figured out who I was. First time that's ever happened :)

You, my friends, know that I am not here for the benefit of the authors. If a book is subpar, I'll tell you. If I was a profes
Kimber Wheaton
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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 character Morgan, what she originally saw as a dream job turned into something all together different.

I liked Morgan. She was opinionated, and her opinions about weight and body image were made known thr
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
3 1/2 stars, really. I am just mean today)))
And it's captivating: I've read it in two evenings, which is unusual for me, as I am a slow reader.
What I did not like: it has an uneven pace - sometimes rushes, sometimes drags, - and a bit too-direct message. With the last bit, I am not sure if it's just my perception, because I've found that some folks managed to misread that message (ok, they dnf, but! For me it was pretty obvious at 2% into the novel, I think... ) and even post a rant-review here.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The premise of The Body Institute sounded very interesting to me, similar to Starters (which was a great book) but with the weight loss twist. Unfortunately it didn't live up to its potential. It was a good book but with such an interesting subject, it could've been much better.

I had trouble connecting with the main character, Morgan. For some reason I just couldn't relate to her and the way she spoke. When a book is written in first person, I feel like I really need to like that character's "v
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, romance
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 it had a follow up I would probably read it. There were a few issues that were too coincidental to be plausible, mostly the love interest’s identity. I liked the slow reveal of “like” in this romance
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
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! I was glad the book was able wrap itself up as a stand alone. Worth the investment!
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 going to bother summarizing this one (you can read the blurb for that). Instead I’ll move right on to my review.

What I loved:

The unique concept.
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I w
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
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 live in a world where how much we weigh matters, but not to the extreme that it does in The Body Institute. In this world, the government will tax you if you weigh more than 20 pounds over what they
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, arc
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 future is unknown and I do not want to live in a world that has annual events that pit children against one another to fight to the death, or a world where I am trapped in a god awful maze or have a diseas
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arc
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 obese and these numbers are projected to increase. So it was really interesting to see these numbers and how social media interpret and treat that population nowadays paralleled into the book. The plo ...more
Shannon Rogers
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 losing weight can be hired to swap bodies and lose the weight for you. Sounds outlandish at first, but let me tell you, the author did an amazing job with both her worldbuilding, and with the scientifi ...more
Alyssa Marie
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-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 over another girl’s body for a period of time. While she is in their body, she loses weight for them and helps them get fit and healthy. Reducers turn back into their regular lives and own bodies onc
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
**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. Th
Diana-christie Biancardi
It was so cool. I would love to see Carol Riggs write movie scripts! I'm in love with her ideas. This was wonderful. I was giddy when I was ready to buy this as a credit on Pretty awesome and original! It reminded me of Richard Laymon's book Body Rides where a guy would invade bodies and do whatever he wanted to them. I also thought of Westworld, one of my fave shows, when I finished this. I think it would be fun if people took over our bodies to get them into shape. Sometimes I use ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Rute Gaspar
I haven't read it yet..but it seems a bit like #starters by lissa price... ...more
DNF. Didn’t care for the writing style and the story was shaping up to be so-so. I got other shit to read.
Alicia Huxtable
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, z-2019, reviewed
The Body Institute envisions a future in which the US government has taken to levying heavy fines on anyone who doesn't meet their health criteria. Smoke? You'll be fined. Eat 'junk' food? Pay a steep tax. Fail to lose 'extra weight'? Fines that grow more and more expensive. Meeting government-set health and exercise goals, by contrast, earns you points that can be spent on things like prize draws.

Morgan has drunk the sugar-free Kool-Aid. She's thin and fit and eager to go to tech school...but h
Sandra "Jeanz"
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 of this book from Entangled Teen via Netgalley. The main feature of the cover is a female and the reader has a view through the outer body into the brain inside. The very cryptic byline of "are we ou
Jessica Buzzard
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-reading
I really enjoyed this book and the message it was trying to send. I think the themes of fat-shaming and body-shaming are really important to talk and think about. These are topics that usually make people uncomfortable and I think that's why a lot of people disliked this book.

The ending WAS cliche, as some have said, but I didn't mind that. It was sad and fitting. Not every story needs to have a happy ending, especially a story like this one.

This story really made me think about the scary thin
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 in June through a Meet the Newbies Twitter chat. During this chat I found many new authors and books. The author I talked to the most that day (and over the past month) was Carol Riggs, the wonderful ...more
Dana Wright
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read for anyone who likes angsty teen reads. If you enjoyed Unwind then you will like this one.
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I'm a writer of Young Adult fiction who now lives in South Dakota, USA. My sci-fi debut, THE BODY INSTITUTE, explores themes of body image and identity. This book is under consideration for a TV series with producer Lane Shefter Bishop. The audiobook of the novel released April 2020. The sequel, SPARES, released January 2021.


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