The Body Institute
by Carol Riggs
Release Date: 09/01/15
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member.
You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.
Full Character Name: Morgan Renita Dey
Age: 17 years old, almost 18
Birthday: December 10—2015!
Appearance: athletic, trim, brunette with long hair. Pretty, with big brown “gazelle eyes.” Yes, except for eye color, she looks like this photo of Emily Rudd—who maybe could play Morgan if The Body Institute is ever made into a movie.
· Keeping in shape by jogging, dancing at teen clubs, and virtual paintballing
· Geeking around at the Catalyst Club doing science experiments
· Hanging with her best buds, Blair and Krista
· Reading “old-fashioned” print books with Granddad
· The Body Institute, which helps people lose weight
· Anything techy. She’s fascinated by servbots, hostbots, and airbots.
· Singing where people can hear her. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t stay on tune.
· Being separated from her family and friends—not having a social life.
· Cruel people who taunt others who are overweight or different from them.
· Being controlled and manipulated.
· People or organizations who betray her trust.
Morgan, like many teens in the year 2033, is an only child due to population control. She lives in a high-rise megacomplex in the metropolis of Los Angeles, California. Since she’s intelligent and works ahead of her classmates in the flexible curriculum, she only has a few months left before she gets her education certificate. Her dream is to attend tech school and escape the kind of “financial hamster wheel” her parents are on. She’s determined to make a difference in the world.
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