Age Warning: Young Adult 12+, Sexual Content Innuendos
Published By: Harper Collins- Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Dystopia Romance
Date Released: May 26, 2011
Provided By: A Cornucopia of Dystopia
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.
Having never read a Megan McCafferty book before I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I picked up Bumped. But I liked it and I'm now going to go look into her Jessica Darling Series because of it. The book starts off in a world full of "pregging", because of a virus that has stopped individuals from reproducing past the age of 18. Because of this things like Pro(Professional)/Am(Amateur) Pregging Clubs at High Schools exist and special schools for "pregging" girls and facilities are in order. Being a quick exiting read Bumped is a book you must pick up!
Told in alternating perspectives, Melody is the first one we meet. She's an ordinary girl for the times, selling herself for the purpose of "pregging" for profit. Actually she's the starter of the whole craze and the one that made it cool. But at the age of sixteen she's still waiting for her signed contract to be initiated and for the parents of her still unknown child to find a match for her. Then comes in Harmony, she's been raised in the church environment since she was a baby. Separated from Melody at birth because she was in bad shape, this twin has grown up in Goodside her whole life. But Goodside isn't what it looks like, and Harmony wants to find out why her two Melody is "pregging" for profit. Identical twins, Melody and Harmony have one big unexpected event that changes both of their lives forever.
Other characters including Melody's charming best friend Zen, Harmony's husband Ram and a shifty character in my mind named Jondoe (get it "Jon" "Doe" as in like an unknown murder case kind of really it's supposed to be John Doe [it took me a while]) make up a cast of characters that keep the reader entertained and makes for a fast quick read. Once you get into the heads of both Melody and Harmony you can't quit reading Bumped. With both also having some dark secrets from the past, you'll be kept reading till you finish too. And if you really want a great new Dystopia read, I suggest picking this up! I can't wait for the next Bumped novel to come out either, because the ending had me wanting more!
(I'd also like to thank both Casey and Danya for letting me review this book through A Cornucopia of Dystopia!)