Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 26, 2011
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.