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.
Megan McCafferty is an author I would read anything from after reading her Jessica Darling series. So naturally Bumped was high on my wishlist, since she hasn’t published anything new recently.
Bumped is a dystopian novel, making it quite different from the contemporary world of Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but Bumped was a lot more quirky than I anticipated – and that’s not a bad thing.
Harmony and Melody are twins, but quite different from each other. The society they live in requires teenage girls to have babies because of a virus that prevents older women from conceiving.
The world building took a minute for me to get into, because McCafferty doesn’t just explain it all from the get-go; rather she lets the characters introduce you to a few new terms and has you figure out what they mean in context. This is a set up not often used in dystopian (at least that I’ve read), so it gave it a contemporary/dystopian feel (you knew the world was different but it wasn’t being shoved it in your face).
McCafferty does a great job of getting you invested in the characters and in the world. I read Bumped very quickly because all of the situations were unique and I was wondering how each of the characters would handle things. Once I had the world down, I could picture everything quite well (not being able to visualize is often my major downfall in dystopians).
A quirky, unique read, McCafferty keeps you reading and looking forward to the sequel.