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, but also thought provoking. As I carried on, however, a sense of impatience grew in me—at first I wondered if it was the format, the frequent addition of new characters, but soon realised it wasn’t that, so much as a problem with pacing within these sections. They sometimes seemed to drag; there were passages that seemed to add nothing integral to the characters or plot. At times I was left feeling as though pieces were written as character studies rather than with a cohesive narrative in mind. Looking back, after reading, it seemed a shame, as I did enjoy the book and would have appreciated it so much more with some tighter editing.
With all this said, I’d still recommend Body Tourists if you’re interested in the subject matter. It explores some interesting ideas.
With many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for providing me with a copy for review.