Review (and guest review): Bumped by Megan McCafferty

“Get Bumped or get humped! Fantastic world building.”

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Title:Bumped
Author:McCafferty, Megan
Publisher:Balzer and Bray
Pages:336

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.

I loved the first 2/3 of Bumped so much. I loved the language and the subtlety behind the world McCafferty was building. The language used in this book was perhaps the most fun use of society wide terms I have ever read. I loved reading about Harmony and Melody and while neither of them were extremely likable they felt real, their thought patterns and actions seemed very age appropriate.

Girls have to get pregnant and give away their baby before reaching 18, when they are older they expect to have their baby via surrogate as well. There are several ways to get ‘bumped’. If you have great DNA you can go pro and get a contract and get matched with the hottest rePRO guy on the market and bump for a perfect baby. You get paid well for this. You can bump with your boyfriend if you love him and still get a pretty decent amount of coin. However if there is nothing unique about your DNA you go to masSEX parties and just bump until you become pregnant.

I loved all of this imagery of a dystopian that instead of forcing the girls into sex slavery they redesigned society to make it cool to have premarital sex. Instead of using a heavy hand they just used product placement to get girls to bump for their country.

Spoilers:

However the last third of the book disappointed me. McCafferty became preachy on what is right and what is wrong and the sister who did bump had to feel bad about her decision to do so. The other sister decided not to bump at all and then the fun environment that made Bumped great is nonexistent and the end of the book left you feeling like most dystopia; worn out and emotionally spent. I don’t think I will move on to the second book, I don’t think I as a reader can recapture the early parts of the book I loved so much.

However I think whether you are a fan of dystopian novels or not, Bumped is a book that many will love. I say give it a go!

Here is an alternate opinion:

Four Stars

In the near future, a virus has infected most of the population, rendering them infertile after the age of eighteen, thus making teen girls a hot commodity, or their bodies’ a hot commodity.

Don’t go into this one expecting a dark, dystopic tale of intrigue, murder, deceit, and control. While Bumped does contain these themes, and then some, they are so subtle and almost lay in wait for an explosion in the following books.

It took me a few chapters to get the lingo and technology. But after I did, I wanted to know more about these characters and their lives. Dual narration can sometimes go awry, but McCafferty has created two unique and distinct voices in Harmony and Melody, twins separated at birth and raised on opposite sides of the sex continuum.

Initially, the sisters both accept the standard quo, but together, they strengthen the other to create a heart-pounding cliff hanger.

I enjoyed this book. Don’t agree with the pitch “The Handmaid’s Tale meets Heathers”, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Robyn Lucas
RobinLucas.com
Bio: Living the fabulous life is tough, so Robyn Lucas grounds herself between piles of laundry, homeschooling two precocious children, and working for “the man” (her husband and his company). She can also be found writing YA novels and sneaking chocolate into her writing area (AKA “Mom’s Space”) when her kiddos are fast asleep . Robyn loves most carbs, but has sworn them off until her current manuscript finds a home at a publishing house, at which time the cupcakes shall flow.

FTC DIsclosure: I received this book as a digital galley for review.

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8 Responses so far

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    Sounds like the first 2/3 was great! I felt very similarly towards The Thirteenth Tale. I really liked the beginning and then towards the end I felt like it had become a whole new book/author. Was disappointed where it ended up.

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    I’ll have to check this one out. It’s interesting that the last third had such a different feel from the first. Yes, I did read your spoilers. Couldn’t help myself. Thanks for the honest review once again.

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    Hmm. I actually quite enjoyed Bumped. I agree completely about the world in which the story is set–it was amazing! I really liked the humor, too. :)

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    I will probably read this one just for the experience as it sounds rather unique.

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    Glad to see someone else didn’t totally love this one. I felt like the only one. I enjoyed it but didn’t really get into the sisters, felt a lot of it was preachy and I really didn’t think there was a need to make it a series. I thought it could have been wrapped up as a standalone book.

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    I have this one in my stacks, glad to read your review. Now I know where to put it in my stacks.

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    I enjoyed this one a good deal, I thought it was an interesting take on the social dynamics of abstinence and promiscuity. It was fairly tounge-in-cheek at times but I think teens will get the point without being preached too.

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you as well.

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