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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…
Welcome to The Body Institute. Where all your weight loss needs are met...
The Body Institute is an innovative weight loss clinic featured in the debut sci-fi novel of the same name. The Institute uses the amazing technology of Electromagnetic Resonance Transfer, or ERT, to download another person’s brainmap into your body while your own consciousness enjoys a brief “sleep.” This process enables you to experience the easiest weight loss in the world—because someone else will be losing weight FOR you!
Here are 10 very good reasons to sign up at the Institute as a Loaner client:
1. Because your tax fines aren’t going to go away by themselves! In the year 2033, once you’re more than 20 pounds over your ideal weight and have kept that weight on longer than 6 months, SERIOUS FINES start happening.
2. It totally solves the problem of those extra pounds. Are you still carrying around evidence of your holiday dinners months and months afterward? Want to look fit and toned, instead? No matter how much you weigh, The Body Institute can help.
3. Because it’s so ridiculously easy. As a Loaner client, you will lose weight fast, effectively, and safely. You simply check into the Institute, sign a contract, and have a backup brainmap generated. (A brainmap is the cluster of brainwaves that makes you uniquely YOU.) While a Reducer loses weight in your body, your mind is stored in a secure database. Let someone else do the months of sweating, jogging, and weight lifting.
4. Because the program is extremely flexible. Depending on how much weight you need to lose, the Institute offers 2-month, 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month programs.
5. The Institute’s Reducers are carefully screened and selected. The Reducer who is downloaded into your body is health-conscious, driven, and motivated. A Reducer will work hard to lose your weight, and will not only tone your body’s muscles, but will also eliminate the junk food cravings from your body.
6. Your privacy is guaranteed. A Reducer who loses weight in your body will NOT remember their months on the job. This is because their brainmap with those weight loss memories is collected and discarded. Their original brainmap backups are restored to their own bodies when an assignment is finished.
7. Financial assistance is available to those with limited resources. Depending on your income, adjusted pay scales are offered. Under a certain base level, your weight loss is entirely FREE and provided by the government!
8. Because you want to improve your health. Be the healthiest you can be, by becoming a Loaner and losing those extra pounds that lead to greater risks of stroke, heart attacks, and diabetes.
9. You will impress friends and family. Want to look slim in your bridesmaid’s dress or best man’s tuxedo? Want to get even with your ex for dumping you? Want to fit into that bikini in the back of your dresser? Sign up with The Body Institute now!
10. After the Reducer completes your weight loss, your brainmap is safely returned to you. Your next waking moment will feature a newer, trimmer you. Out of consciousness one moment—slim and conscious the next. It couldn’t be easier!
What are you waiting for? The only thing you have to lose is your weight.
About the Author
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.
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