Sunday, 5 February 2012

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

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. 

At the beginning, I thought this book wouldn't be that great - that it was just about two sisters, one who is an athiest and who wants to be a Surogette, and the other who is a strong Christian and who thinks it's sinful to do such things. But as I read on, I realized that the plot was so much thicker than that, and I honestly did not guess half of what the plot would be. McCafferty is a really good YA author, and the way she created this futuristic world is actually pretty believeable. I loved the different language she came up with to match the change in time - like using terminated as an emotion. I also liked the way she characterized both the characters of Melody and Harmony - yes, the names are a total cliche, but it's pretty cute and it suits them. However, Harmony did frustrate me a lot - I know her background story was that she'd never known anything outside her Church, and that everything was new to her - but she was just so dependant upon everyone! It's like she needed Melody's help with pouring cereal onto her cornflakes. I also thought the majority of her storyline was unbelievable - especially the parts including Jondoe. Jondoe frustrated me too. But I did love Melody and Zen - I thought they were really witty and interesting characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Amy Kathleen Ryan's Glow, and Ally Condie's Matched, and I am keenly awaiting the next installment to this series.

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