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Body Tourists

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In this version of London, there is a small, private clinic. Behind its layers of security, procedures are taking place on poor, robust teenagers from northern Estates in exchange for thousands of pounds - procedures that will bring the wealthy dead back to life in these young supple bodies for fourteen days.

It's an opportunity for wrongs to be righted, for fat
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Sceptre
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Andrew Smith
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
One reason I enjoy science fiction is that it can, if done well, fire my imagination more than any other genre. I don’t mean the wars with scary creatures from other planets stuff but thoughtful, perhaps more feasible (to me, anyway) science. Here the author gets into the realm of digital memory transference through cryogenics, that is to say preserving the mind of a person who has died by freezing it and subsequently transferring it to a living person. In this imaginative story, set in the year 204 ...more
Gloria Arthur
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Body Tourists by Jane Rogers

A memorable, freaky and intriguing concept

It's London, the year 2045, an online advert is asking for help in medical research, applicants must have a fitness certificate, aged between 18-22 and be available for fifteen days in exchange for ten thousand pounds, it sounds too good to be true. It’s experimental and illegal and these volunteers go in half blind wanting the money so desperately.

A small private clinic is experimenting with digital memory transfer so t/>A
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is another one where it looked fantastic on paper but in reality, I just couldn't get into it despite reading until 25%.
This one is set in a future where cutting-edge and secret technology allows a digitally stored dead consciousness to be uploading into a living person hence the term body tourist.
While I found the idea extremely intriguing the actual execution here was less so.
This was in itself well written I just found it monotonous and slightly tedious.
I threw
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Body Tourists is a page turning tale that deals with the ethics of extending life at the cost of the young. I loved this book. The moral questions it asks are relevent to today's world as well as to the world of the novel. I found it easy to suspend reality to allow the multiple voices of the book to explain their perspective yet I found myself grappling from being able to understand the point of view of each of them. I found the questions that were left unanswered to be the most prominent eleme ...more
Sid Nuncius
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Body Tourists had a lot of very good things about it, but for me it didn’t quite live up to its initial promise.

The book begins excellently. It is 2045 and a lone scientist with a super-wealthy backer has found a way of downloading the minds of dead, cryogenically frozen people into the bodies of young, healthy (and well paid) volunteers for 14 days. Jane Rogers uses this to explore the consequences and ethics of such a procedure, as well as to make some strong political points about
Leanne Neale
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane Rogers’ novel, Body Tourists, speculates on technological advances within the medical field in offering a second crack at life to those who are able to afford it. The yawning gulf between the rich and poor ensures a plethora of ‘host’ bodies willing to submit their lives in exchange for financial incentive. There is only one hitch - there is no guarantee that you will survive. A real page turner!
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really interesting premise, which raised so many moral and ethical questions. Great to hear so many viewpoints to really explore the ideas and impact.
Alyssia Cooke
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Fascinating novel that only misses out on four stars because of how much more detail I wanted to read. Body tourists take the idea of a life after death to a whole new level. With entire human minds downloaded into electronic memory, it becomes possible to bring people back from the dead. Not permanently of course and not in their own body. But it becomes possible to shut down someone's brain and download this dead personality and memories into the space that's left behind. This gives the dead a ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wunderkind scientist Luke Butler has developed a process whereby the saved consciousness of a deceased person can be inserted into a living donor for a set time of two weeks, giving them a chance to live again. To reconnect with loved ones, to complete unfinished business. Obviously there are many takers for this technology but notsomany donors. So he reaches out to the poor of the parish. For a whack of money, all they have to do is relinquish control of their bodies for a fortnight. What could ...more
Daren Kearl
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Following on from Ian McEwan's foray into science fiction, we have another literary author delving in to the world of mind transference into younger bodies. This could almost be a prequel for Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon with the early clinical trials of rich, dead people having their minds electronically uploaded and stored to be later downloaded into younger subjects. All the ethical dilemmas are explored and various cases explore different scenarios: a revived woman is brought back in a ma ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“…that’s what I want to share with you dear reader; a ringside seat. At the spectacle of Luke’s first Body Tourists. Or should I call them guinea pigs? Let me call them beneficiaries.”

Do you have unresolved issues with a departed loved one? Body Tourists gives you a chance to right those wrongs, to gain closure. What an intriguing prospect this book offers.

I loved the plot. I'm usually not a fan of Sci-Fi/ Fantasy novels but this book was an exception. It tapped into mode
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Body Tourists’ may initially appear too preposterous a concept to enable the reader to ‘suspend disbelief’ but, because Jane Rogers always writes so thoughtfully and pertinently about human nature, it quickly becomes easy to accept the idea of a world in which the young and healthy poor are exploited by the wealthy who want just a little more time with their rich dead friends. They buy a youthful body for two weeks into which is planted their dead love-one’s frozen cells. Hey presto, the host’s ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this, I do like a dystopian read that doesn’t feel too distant.

Imagine a future where memory can be stored digitally after your death, and at some future point inserted into another body, effectively restoring you to life. The ‘body tourists’ are these people – brought back to life at the request of colleagues or relatives, with some kind of reasoning behind their decision: wanting to make amends, have a final conversation, get the chance to say goodbye.

Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first came across Jane Rogers when The Testament of Jessie Lamb was longlisted for the Booker Prize. It was an impressive work, chock full of ideas. So I was delighted to be able to read Body Tourists ahead of its general release (thanks Netgalley!).

Body Tourists is set in a near future world where medical science has just begun to find ways to reanimate cryogenically frozen brains into the bodies of living donors. The science is in its infancy, the subject of secret trials, and re
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've never forgotten Jane Rogers' deeply disturbing The Testament of Jessie Lamb, so it's not surprising to see her returning to questions of bodily autonomy in her latest novel, Body Tourists, which sees the wealthy dead hitch a temporary ride in the bodies of the desperate young. And given the extensive poverty and inequality on the British housing estates in this not-so-distant future, there are no shortage of volunteers hoping to earn ten grand for taking this gamble.

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Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any Jane Rogers books before,
however on the strength of this one she definitely has a new fan.
The concept is really interesting and raises many fundamental questions about identity and being human ;
are we the same person if our mind returns to a different body?
Would we want to return to life after death for two weeks just because someone else summoned us?
Would I accept £10000 to allow someone else to use my body, and never know what they had done with it.
My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton/Sceptre for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Body Tourists’ by Jane Rogers in exchange for an honest review.

London, 2045. In this near future robots are everywhere. There has been great strides including a recent breakthrough that allows a full digital memory transfer into a synth though there are concerns that they are no longer human.

Now a brilliant young researcher has taken this concept further and in his small, private clinic has perfected a procedu
S.J. Higbee
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is told in multiple viewpoints, as we are introduced to a number of characters who become involved in this experiment. Inevitably, there are some who stick in the mind more than others. Paula is stranded on one of the thousand estates where the working class forced into unemployment as their jobs are now automated, are housed. Many retreat into VR worlds as an escape, while existing on sub-standard food, sub-standard education and sub-standard opportunities. She uses the money she get ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Body Tourists is a thrilling dystopian tale set in 2045 and is a compelling and thought-provoking page-turner. I read this at the same time as watching Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror and this book is somewhat similar in that it focuses on how technology and its advancement impacts society and both the positive and negative connotations this can have. The premise is a fascinating one; eminent Wunderkind scientist Luke Butler has found a way to take the preserved mind of a dead person and transfer ...more
Daisy Dooley
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The year is 2045. The divide between rich and poor is greater than ever. Enter Luke Butler. Funded by his aunt Gudrun, he is recruiting young and healthy hosts for his research into digital memory transfer. He needs young, fit and healthy bodies and also those who are willing to have their silence bought with the sum of ten thousand pounds. The mainly rich patrons are those who have been cryogenically frozen. Paula and her boyfriend Ryan are the first to take part in the experiment. They will go ...more
Miko Mayer
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Body Tourists by Jane Rogers
Published by Sceptre An Imprint of Hodder & Stoughton An Hachette UK company
Publication date: 14 November, 2019

Conceptually, Body Tourists intrigued me from the beginning. Though the core idea, the transplantation of consciousness, has been explored in fiction before, the blurb promised a modern take that would not shy away from societal commentary and implications.

The opening chapters delivered on those promises, a story compelling in plot, bu
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
In the mid twenty-first century, a brilliant scientist discovers a way in which a cryogenically preserved brain can be downloaded into the body of a living person. In Body Tourists, Jane Rogers considers the various ethical, legal, physical and emotional ramifications of this process.

In a dystopian British society, the poor are housed in massive, soulless estates where addiction is rife, and the elderly and infirm are disposed of. When Dr Luke Butler offers a select few the opportuni
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I found the concept of the story fascinating and couldn't wait to get started .
Set in the future -if you have a few quid -you can have your body -or that of your loved ones -cryogenically stored .
.Scientist Luke Butler is going a step further -he is experimenting with a new project called Body Tourism.
This involves finding young (skint) hosts -putting them to sleep for 2 weeks and digitally implanting into their minds - the minds of the frozen dead -to allow them to live again
Beth Younge
I was really enjoying this until the final part of the of it and then the story started to meander a bit, thus losing the traction the author had built up. The slowing down started in the most exciting part of the novel with all the different narrative lives changing dramatically but the tone being a snail's pace now.
The wide variety of characters were really interesting and for the most part they were fleshed out. There were a couple of moments where I did not care about the characters but the
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely enthralled me from the first page. Incredibly astute depiction of a dark but tender dystopian world. Fascinating science brought close to home.

Think Black Mirror crossed with The Handmaid’s Tale, mixed with some Virtual Reality and a healthy dose of human kindness.

I loved the subtle differences in the voices of the characters. The topics of race, gender, sexuality, family loyalty, moral corruptness, financial instability, all mixed with the very scary realisation that this is alread
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.

This book could easily have been written by Charlie Brooker as an episode of Black Mirror. With its focus on the impact of technology on society and the ways in which this might work both positively and negatively, it shines a light on the inequalities of our current society and implies that technology might only exacerbate these. It explores the consequences throuugh several different characters to give you a very well-rounded view,
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A disturbing and unsettling read that I couldn't put down and gave a lot of food for thought.
it's a great example of contemporary speculative fiction and I was fascinated by the well crafted plot and the incredible world building.
I found that everything was excellent: the plot, the world building, and the cast of characters.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this AR
Nichola Welham
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It's London, the year 2045, an online advert is asking for help in medical research, applicants must have a fitness certificate, aged between 18-22 and be available for fifteen days in exchange for ten thousand pounds, it sounds too good to be true. It’s experimental and illegal and these volunteers go in half blind wanting the money so desperately.
I will not leave any spoilers, this book is forward thinking, progressive and leaves you thinking.
Amanda  Gee
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good read, fabulous characterisation and an engaging story that I was eager to get back to.
An interesting concept, would you be willing to host someones mind in your body for 2 weeks in return for £10,000 ? The poor selling their bodies to the rich is a disturbing concept but with technological advances maybe not beyond the realms of possibility.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The write up on this book really appealed to me. However, the actual content failed to deliver. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I felt I was skim reading rather than enjoying the book.

The content is an interesting concept. That cells from a dead person can be implanted into a healthy volunteer. The deceased then come back and live in their host for two weeks. Frightening that this could possibly happen in the future.

Perhaps it’s because it’s not necessary my genr
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Jane Rogers is an award winning author of nine novels, including The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Man-Booker longlisted and winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012.

Other works include Mr Wroe's Virgins (which she dramatised for the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama series), Her Living Image (Somerset Maugham Award) and Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Fiction Award). Her story collection Hitti
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