Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Bumped - Megan McCafferty

Where I got it: Netgalley/Library
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars It's very interesting and the on the cover the egg is a weird texture and is elevated a bit.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 323 p.

In the future, there is a virus that makes everyone over the age of eighteen completely infertile. So babies are high market. Harmony and Melody are twin sisters who had never met before. They grew up very differently. Harmony grew up in a church sect believing that girls shouldn't pimp themselves by selling their babies to the highest bidder. Melody grew up groomed to sell her baby for the highest price imaginable. So it's quite a surprise for Melody when her sister shows up out of the blue. Having an identical twin can certainly be a problem and is one that Melody will have to face, even though she thought her and her sister were nothing alike. Melody gets matched with the top guy in the fertility market, but a case of mistaken identity takes her and her sister on a crazy little ride. Both girls aren't sure if they want to live up to what has always been planned for them.

This book was really awesome. I loved both the characters, they were alike in a lot of ways, but also different enough so you could tell them apart. This was a fascinating world that Megan McCafferty created. A place where people rarely had and kept their own babies, but rather had teen girls make babies and buy them. Looking around today, there would be plenty of teen babies to buy! I appreciated that there was a virus that caused the infertility and since our narrators were so young, they didn't know much of the details about it. I imagine that most people didn't know a lot about the virus except that it makes people unable to have babies. Zen was the sweetest character, even though he acted like a tool sometimes, he really wasn't. Poor vertically challenged boys :) The only thing that got under my skin was the slang in this novel. I feel like it added to the novel in some ways, but was completely distracting an confusing in other ways. Sometimes they would mention something by it's initials and it would be something they hadn't brought up yet, so then you have to wait until they finally talk about what the acronym stands for before you can understand it. Sometimes this was a little irritating, and I would go back to see if I missed something. This was another great dystopian though, with a realistic world full of real obligations. I think both kids felt pressure that is very relatable even in this day and age, especially Harmony. She had a lot of pressure to get married young and start a family, even though she didn't get to pick who was married. I think this happens in certain parts of the US all the time, and it sucks for the people involved, the boys and girls. Some of the boys don't want to be married of either. Harmony and Melody were very relatable characters with extraordinary lives/adventures. I was hoping this book would wrap up a lot nicer than it did, but I guess I'll just have to wait and read the sequel to find out what their next moves are. If you like dystpoian novels, make sure you check this one out soon!

First Lines:
"I'm sixteen. Pregnant. And the most important person on the planet."

Favorite Lines:
"I feel each syllable, his chest buzzing against mine. I can't seem to catch my breath."

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