Bumped

Author: Megan McCafferty

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Series: Bumped #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

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. {goodreads.com}


 

Review

I have heard from several people that I should read Megan McCafferty’s Bumped, It was touted as a great one of a kind YA novel that will get the reader to think about present day issues. I agree with these statements. Yes McCafferty gets the reader to think about issues like teen pregnancy, environmental factors, and our society’s ever demanding call for a fountain of youth.  

One of the most important things to remember about Bumped  is that it is satirical. It exaggerates current fallacies in our society to make a point. To say to the reader “Beware, the future could turn out as I have predicted.” I believe that this is why Bumped  received such mediocre reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. However, I believe that this was a great story and deserves to be read.

The only thing that bothered me as a reader was the confusing vernacular. Such words as pregging and fertiliscious were very hard to read and comprehend. I found myself stumbling mid paragraph, which ultimately let me to re-read passages multiple times.

Overall, the story is very good: it has a great plot that progresses consistently, the characters are well developed (well the main characters), and the ending tied everything up well enough to not make the reader feel as if the author cheated them. Take my recommendation and read Bumped.

RatingFancied!Large

 

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