BUMPED By Megan McCafferty [Review]
I was interested in Bumped when I heard that it was a dystopian novel (the magic word for me) and as soon as I got my hands on it, I decided to read the first chapter, to get a feel for it, planning on putting it down after that and finish the other book I was reading at that time. Well, that never happened, because I was never able to put Bumped down.
Bumped takes place in a world where a virus has made everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. As a result, would-be parents are now forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.
That’s when we meet sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony, who were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony showed up on Melody’s doorstep. Both twin were raised in completely different situation.
On the one hand, Melody was able to score the very enviable conception contract with a couple wanting a baby. All that’s left for her to fulfill it is for them to find the perfect partner.
On the other hand, Harmony comes from the religious Goodside and doesn’t believe in getting pregnant for money. She has been preparing to be a wife and mother her whole life.
Now mix in all that the world-famous, genetically flawless male, Jondoe, and Melody’s vertically challenged best friend, Zen, and you get quite the addictive story.
My favorite part of reading Bumped was the way author Megan McCafferty told the story from each twin’s point of view. Each chapter would change from one twin to the next, and it made for a fun way to discover the story but also understand each character and their secrets better.
The whole concept of the story is pretty well thought out. We really get an insight as to some of the issues that come from this society. For instance, how people feel about girls selling their bodies and babies. But also the fact that some parents prepare their own children to become the perfect surrogate by going as far as taking out loans and betting on their worth which I thought was fascinating.
Meloday and Harmony are also interesting characters to follow, especially as you see them grow and question their upbringing and the society they live in. And of course how could I forget the love interests, which thankfully McCafferty doesn’t hit you over the head with, but weaves in perfectly throughout the story.
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed Bumped. However, the only part I disliked was the ending. I didn’t realize that Bumped was supposed to be a series (although I should have been suspicious, since they pretty much all are), but even if I had known, the ending felt too abrupt to me, like there was something missing, like this couldn’t possible be the end of the book. And I’m not someone who minds cliffhanger, but this didn’t really feel like a cliffhanger to me, it just felt like the book ended in the middle of an action. So if you are planning on picking this title up, please be aware that the ending might not be totally satisfying.
That said, I am totally looking forward to finding out what happens next and would definitely recommend you pick Bumped up, especially if you are a distopian fan.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Pages: 336 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon