Book Blitz: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

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Title: The Body Institute
Author: Carol Riggs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Synopsis

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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The Science Fiction of
THE BODY INSTITUTE

This novel is set in the near future, roughly
the year 2033. Here’s some technological
changes you can expect to find:
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1. EVERYONE HAS AN IDENTIFICATION CHIP. For security purposes and to prevent identity theft, everyone has an ID chip inserted into the back of his or her hand. This chip is scanned before classes, at airports, when riding buses or trains, and while entering stores or restaurants. Thus, the government knows exactly who you are and where you are at almost any time.

The Body Institute2. CASHLESS SOCIETY. The ID chip also serves to pay for things. No more carrying around cash, no more stolen or misplaced debit/credit cards! Your hand is simply scanned, often with a handprint added for greater security. This chip-and-handprint combination is called a “bio-ID,” which is also useful for signing contracts like Morgan (main character) does when she accepts her job as a Reducer.

3. ROBOTS ARE COMMON. In this society, bell-shaped hostbots guide you through buildings. Servbots take your food and drink orders. Vacubots clean your carpets, and airbots drift overhead in office buildings or homes to purify the air.

4. PUBLIC SECURITY CAMERAS. These monitor public places like Metro-Transit (train) shelters, streets, public parks, stores, etc. It’s similar to how Britain’s security is set up today, only in the novel it’s widespread and the norm everywhere in the world. These cameras are installed to make the city a safer place.

5. ELECTROMAGNETIC RESONANCE TRANSFER, or ERT. This ingenious procedure downloads one person’s brainmap (cluster of brainwaves) into another person’s body. The Body Institute uses this process to transfer the minds of their Reducers into the bodies of their Loaner clients to help those clients lose weight. ERT is also used to remove Loaner clients’ brainmaps from their bodies, which are then stored as datafiles while the Reducer accomplishes the weight loss.

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About the Author

Carol RiggsI’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.

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