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Review: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Thumped by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 24, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Bumped #2

It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!

Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:

Tell the truth.

I didn’t reread Bumped before this so I felt like I was reintroduced to these characters. And I have to say that there’s one twin I prefer more over the other, and it’s not the twin I would’ve thought I’d pick. But her part of the story was just so much more interesting. She was actually dealing with issues we can all relate to. The other just had boyfriend or non-boyfriend issues.

I think I had mixed thoughts on Bumped, because it does talk about a controversial issue. One that is going on right now even, fictional virus or no fictional virus. Teen pregnancy is a serious issue. And even with the religious aspect of Bumped, I wasn’t all that thrilled with a book promoting teen pregnancy. But Thumped I think resolved that issue somewhat. And I only say somewhat because it’s not a perfect resolution since there’s still that virus going around.

There’s still a weird vocabulary, but if you keep in mind that this is set not that long in the future, and if you’ve read the first book, than it shouldn’t be all that hard to slip into their jargon. I actually liked some of it this time, some of the joined words were clever and made me laugh upon first reading them.

In the end, I must say I enjoyed Thumped much more than I remember enjoying Bumped. Don’t get me wrong though, I did like Bumped. Both books are thought-provoking, and definitely eery. I could well imagine a future like this happening with everything we do to our bodies, all the chemicals and toxins around us everywhere daily. Recommended for fans of dystopian, though it is slightly different from most in that genre.

Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from GoodReads:
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until 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 religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her 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

Compared to other dystopians, this didn’t have the feeling of impending doom, the on the edge of your seat tension. Which was actually kind of a nice break. Execution, on the other hand, was bit sketchy for me. On the very first page we’re introduced to a word I’ve never seen before. I immediately searched through the book to see if there was some kind of glossary. There wasn’t, so every time new words popped up I had no idea what was being talked about. That kind of disrupted the flow of the story for me, which was somewhat annoying. I did like how each chapter alternated in POV. We’re seeing a lot more of this lately, and so far I’ve been loving this trend. And other than the weird words, the rest of the world-building definitely made this seem a likely possibility of what could happen in the future.
Melody was more likeable than Harmony, in my opinion. I mean sure, she wasn’t exactly thrilled for her sister to show up, but she wasn’t a preachy church girl fresh off the farm ready to bring God to the heathens. Sorry, that may have been a bit much. In terms of religion, my philosophy is to each their own. If you believe in one faith or another, awesome. I’ll support you in your beliefs. Harmony got on my nerves very early on and managed to stay there throughout. In the end though I was definitely thinking she might just move off the nerve, except that hope was dashed with the choice she made. Melody’s choice though made me happy. Zen was completely real and loveable, as was Ram. Jondoe… I wanted to like him. But there was no chemistry between myself and this character in the end.
This book was definitely left open enough for the possibility of a sequel, so I’d be curious to see how certain things play out if one comes. It’ll also be interesting see the discussions Bumped will bring up, because this is definitely a controversial topic being discussed. But as I said earlier, I did enjoy the overall story. Some parts were laugh out loud funny, others just plain confusing. But it also makes you think.