Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped (Bumped, #1) 
 
 
 
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 26th 2011
Genre: Dystopian Satire
Source: eBook from Library
Challenge(s): Dystopia
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

I don't know how I ended up reading this, quite honestly. I'm just not a huge fan of tons of sex in my books, or tons of religious stuff, and so logic says that this is THE book to avoid. But I picked it up anyway, because I was kind of curious. A satire dystopia about teen pregnancy and the power of media? Intriguing for sure!

But the whole novel just rubbed me the wrong way. It was really easy, yet hard at the same time, to remember that it was meant to be satirical, because of the overbearing nature of it. It seemed like the author was trying so hard to get her point across, that the message was more important than quality writing.

The characters were sort of weird. Melody and Harmony were such polar opposites. They both seemed pretty two-dimensional, but they almost seemed like real people when compared with the male characters. Just overall they were flat, and it was fairly obvious that they were meant to be nothing more than pawns in the story.

I honestly do appreciate the message this novel was trying to send about media and sex and choices, but this didn't seem to be the right medium for me personally.

2 comments:

  1. I read this book a couple of years ago and liked the book. I do think the message is great.

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  2. Ouch. Sorry it didn't win you over very much. Thanks for the honest review though. I've been curious about the series so maybe one day i'll pick it up.

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