Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Publishing Date: April 26th, 2011
Genre: YA/Dystopia
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780061962745

Rating: 4 stars

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.

My Review:
I have heard mixed reviews about this book but I still couldn't help but be drawn in by the premise of this book. In this book women over the age of 18 become infertile due to a disease and because of this many teen girls are capitalizing off of this and selling their uterus (not sure what the plural for this word is- uteruses, uteri?) to the highest bidders. The book is a story about a set of twins, Melody and Harmony, who were separated at birth and grew up in very different circumstances. Melody is a firm believer in getting bumped and Harmony grew up in a religious community and believes in getting married young and having a child young. I really like how McCafferty just drops you right into this world. The vocubulary she comes up with was also quite humerous: fertilicious, bumped, masSEX parties, etc. I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would definitley recommend it. While it may seem that each twin is firmly entrenched in a set of beliefs and cultures, over the course of the book you can slowly see doubt fester in each girl. While I really enjoyed the book, I have to say I was disappointed in the way it ended. I realize that there will be another book in this series but I felt like I was left hanging a little at the end. I really wish things would have been a little more tied up before it ended. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree about the ending. I was actually really irked by how much of a non-ending the ending was. I mean, I understand cliffhangers, but the ending wasn't even a cliffhanger.