I received this book for free from borrowed from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Bumped #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 26th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.
Melody and Harmony are identical twins, both alike in appearance and so completely different in their personalities. Melody works with an agency that is matching her with a potential mate. Harmony believes in Goodside, the religious group that acts in the most traditional and straight forward ways. The complete opposite of what Melody’s life entails. When Harmony shows up at Melody’s doorstep unannounced, they realize they have more in common than they think. Two sisters, two different lives, will they each get what they want?
Group grope, masSEX parties, amateurs that turn into professional surrogates. My mind was spinning with the intense world building experience Megan McCaffertery took me. This life and society reminds me very much of Adolphus Huxley’s Brave New World’s setting. Similar orgies included. Except this one is for teens. Imagine all those hormones being able to manifest and develop. This is the world of Bumped where teens are most valued for their baby making bodies.
I found both the girls to be interesting characters. Both deal with problems in such a different way that I couldn’t help but like them in their individual thoughts and actions. Melody doesn’t think before she acts, and that usually lands her into trouble. On the other side, we have Harmony who happens to think about every action with God’s will of course, and she goes and does something immoral anyway. Reading from their two very different viewpoints was great. Their characters mature and grow at the end, and you can’t help but enjoy reading about their development. I wanted more from the plot. The story wasn’t as exciting as others, and I really wished there was more to go on then their adoptive story. Maybe Thumped will have a better story-line? Here’s to hoping!
Lots of laughs in this one, I’m loving the quotes I pulled in this book! Read this if you love dystopia and hot boys because there’s an abundance of love and humor in this one.
Lots of character growth and development.
It’s just right. Not too fast, or slow.
Simplicity is key, and I love the cover. Straight to the point.
Not too exciting, I wanted a lot more.
Overall, it needed that extra push to make it an excellent book.