Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday, today I am reviewing the YA dystopian ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCafferty.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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
4 out of 5 stars.
I loved this book. Bumped was unlike the other YA dystopians that I have read, it was more light hearted, less intense. I will warn that this is a book for the more mature teen and up because in this future society teen pregnancy is a must, and although there’s not a lot of sex in it, there are many sexual reference, the whole book is one big sexual reference really.
Bumped tells the story of identical twins, Harmony and Melody. They were adopted out at birth by two different families and have only just found out about each other. Harmony has left Goodside, her strict religious community, to go and try and save her twin. Melody is 16 and not yet pregnant, though she has a great contract.
Since almost everyone in the future becomes infertile at 18, women make contracts with girls to have babies for them. The girls have to procreate with a guy of the couples choosing – so a stranger. To make this easier, tablets have been invented to make people more attractive to each other so they can do the deed. The girls who aren’t good enough to get a contract get pregnant in hopes someone will want to buy their baby once it is born, which sounds terrible in our time, but in such a future hardly anyone sees the problem with that.
Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep out of the blue, and Melody is determined to make sure no one finds out about her, it wouldn’t be good for her contract if they did. The chapters are told through the alternating perspectives of Harmony and Melody, and although they may look the same, they are completely different people.
Harmony surprised me the most in this book, she ended up doing things that I never suspected, and I was shocked. She has her own secrets and she is struggling internally with, not so much her religion, but the people who run her community and dictate her life, which is part of the reason she left Goodside.
Melody is also having internal struggles of her own. She starts questioning if what society is doing is actually right, and if this is what she really wants – she agreed to a contract to please her parents because this is what they wanted her to do, have been preparing her for her whole life.
Zen was hilarious and adorable. He is Melody’s best friend and his feelings for Melody were so obvious to me.
Everybody in this book is not who they seem, including Jondoe. Some readers hated him, I did in moments, but he changed my mind at the end.
I applaud McCafferty’s world building in this, she has created a plausible and believable future. It took me a bit to get use to the new slang the teens speak in the future, but it wasn’t so out there that I didn’t understand it.
Bumped was a compulsive read, and I read through it in about two days. As soon as it ended I wish I had ‘Thumped’ (Book 2) so I could read it straight away. The characters stories have in no way ended and I can’t wait to see what fate beholds them all. I highly recommend it.
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