Body Tourists can’t make up its mind whether it’s pitching its story as pathos or satire. Rogers has a surer touch with the former, particularly a moving strand about a woman who dies after being accused of paedophilia, whose wife wants to bring her back to let her know that the law has posthumously cleared her name. But more of the novel is occupied with broad-brush outrage at social inequality, sometimes over-obvious and forced. Readers unfamiliar with SF may enjoy the thought-experimentation, but for SF fans Body Tourists will be more Torremolinos than fantastic voyage.
A rock star generously brings his humble, working-class dad back to life in the body of an 18-year-old, only to find the ungrateful old goat in bed with his wife, while the charmless doctor in charge, Luke Butler, reincarnates a highly educated woman of nearly 70 as a young man from a council estate, and promptly makes a move on her, or him. Unputdownable and often thought-provoking.