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Ite 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 jobHarmony 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 t. I suspect that for some the amount of enjoyment andor engagement they experience while reading Bumped will be directly proportional to the manner in which they approach it It’s just a theory and I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I do think that an analysis of Bumped needs to take into account the angle a person has chosen to read it from Taken at face value there is content and style to the story that some readers may find problematic or even objectionable Read as a satirical take on current trends though Bumped presents some intelligent relevant commentary on social and economic pressure and the extent to which it shapes our views I’m not sure that I would say I “liked” this book in the sense in which I would normally apply the word But I was uite fascinated by the themes and interested to see how they would be developed In truth at times it was an uncomfortable book for me to read But perhaps that was entirely the point Bumped takes place in a not too distant future where a virus has caused the onset of infertility between the ages of eighteen and twenty and teen pregnancy has become a matter of profit and prestige “Bumping” and “pregging” are governed by contractual obligations managed by agents watched avidly through the hyperactive lens of extreme social media High school is divided not so much on the lines of the “popular” and the “unpopular” but the amateurs and the pros The girls with six figures riding on their six month baby bellies and the girls hoping to profit on an un contracted knock up The guys who are stud material and the guys who don’t make the “reproaesthetical” grade For the most part I bought this as a premise McCafferty’s world has its roots in our own amplifying the present reality into an exaggerated future possibility I could get behind this concept than I could say love is a disease Every female dies at 20 I mean no disrespect to those books but by comparison I found this vision of the future plausible Or least I didn’t have to suspend as much belief This is ’Sixteen and Pregnant’ peer pressure social media and economic upheaval dialled up to eleven and heavily distorted Hand in hand with this setting is uite a lot of stylised slang and terminology Bumped is thick with future speak and technological references – it took me ages to work out what all the winking and blinking was about although maybe I’m just exceptionally slow on the uptake – and this can be somewhat distracting as there is not a lot of accompanying explanation Given its prevalence you either won’t mind the language and will adjust uickly or it will drive you absolutely crazy Aside from this I did enjoy the writing The chapters are uite short and while occasionally this caused some blurring between the characters for me I did like the flow and rhythm to the book Bumped is told through the dual perspectives of identical twins Melody and Harmony separated at birth and unexpectedly re united at sixteen Melody is a trailblazer of the pregging for profit trend holding a lucrative conception contract and awaiting the selection of a suitable partner to “bump” with under pressure to seal the deal before her days of fertility are up and she enters her “obsolesence” Harmony has been raised in a fundamentalist community and believes it is her duty to convince her long lost sister of the sinfulness of her choice to procreate outside of marriage The way both Melody and Harmony are presented may not be easy for all to stomach Taking a step back from these characters though there are similarities than differences I think it may be a little short sighted to see this merely as the “religious” and “secular” going head to head Let’s face it very few would step out of that ring not nursing some wounds of offence regardless of which side their personal convictions are closely aligned with To me this was a story about two girls who are each confined by the wildly opposing moral and social strictures governing their societies Two girls undergoing a shift in perception both of themselves and each other Learning to recognise the influences and demands on their lives and whether to choose to embrace or reject these This is not to say that I either agree or disagree with the portrayals of the characters teen pregnancy or religion in this book as I found parts in both narratives to be problematic at times However I could appreciate that a large part of this story is about gaining insight into other viewpoints and becoming self determined in the face of incredible pressure from peers parents and society To vilify one side of the world McCafferty presents would be to overlook the fact that both tie the value of women to their ability to conceive and bear children and both inflict some extreme levels of pressure on young people to conform to the accepted 'procreative norm' Interestingly there is not a lot of detail around whether there are people who don’t fall within either the “Goodside” or “Otherside” communities as they are referred to by Harmony These are two narrow extremes and I can’t help but speculate that there must be others who would not claim affinity with either set of beliefs just as there are today This is a polarising book in many ways The writing style subject matter and the depiction of the characters will court strong opinions either way – not all will find it accessible There are some scenes that are deliberately I suspect incredibly skin crawly – like young girls trying on fake baby bumps the rampant sexualisation and view spoilera pregnant pre teen hide spoiler

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Bumped AUTHOR Megan McCafferHat she is running fromWhen 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 than just DNA in commonFrom New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship love and sisterhood in a future that is eerily believab. Ugh Having enjoyed the first two Jessica Darling novels I was amused by Bumped's description as a dystopian world where only teenagers can procreate due to a virus that renders every adult infertile McCafferty and HarperTeen introduce the book as stunningly close to home given the new obsession with pregnant teens I tag this book dystopian with trepidation I get annoyed when writers don't do their homework You want to write a dystopian novel You have to think about stuff okay Like how culture evolves how trends form what happens when something on the margin becomes the norm It helps if you read other proper dystopian novels like 1984 dry and Brave New World less dry or good YA contemporary examples Ship Breaker Unwind etc As an aside I realize this is guy writer heavy never fear I have read some LeGuin and will tackle Margaret Atwood next It also helps if you read academic stuff For instance the virus McCafferty writes as the catalyst for this dystopia would be a total social fact something that would permeate through all aspects of society Everything from religion to international trade would change I think I'm mostly annoyed because apparently dystopian is the new big THING I hate the new anything First everyone wanted a slice of the wizarding school pie now it's the vampirewerewolfzombiesteampunkfallen angel WHATEVER pie With The Hunger Games it's like ooh dystopian pie Let me get some of that Apparently this has turned into a bit of a rant The premise of Bumped was an intriguing one and McCafferty is a good writer but her style is much too light for what this book is trying to be A world where only teens can get pregnant is only funny as satire for a little bit but if you start thinking about the economics where girls can be sponsored to get pregnant by a genetically desirable guy it stops being funny and starts being icky

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Free download ✓ Bumped AUTHOR Megan McCafferty 109 ¿ 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 foodSixtWhen 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 foodSixteen 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 oppos. Wha wha WHAAT What just happened there Okay let’s start at the beginning Bumped is a ‘dystopian’ novel set in 2035 where a virus has wiped out the ability of every person over the age of eighteen to reproduce Why eighteen How eighteen Does the virus come built in with an age o meter that tells it when to strike The population is rapidly declining leaving only one section of the planet capable of procreating The teenagers At the point at which this novel starts it is already established that there is a flourishing trade in surrogacy it being accepted practice for teenagers to have sex with the intent of producing a baby that is then given away for adoption to older couples who can no longer reproduce The surrogate mothers are divided into two groups the Reproductive Professionals RePros who are stringently scrutinized on a genetic level to ensure their acceptability and then paired with another hand picked sperm donor The babies of the RePros are optioned for large sums of money even before the reproductive process begins The other group are the amateurs people who pick their own partners and either donate their babies pro bono or put them up for adoption in a public auction The entire process is facilitated by the administration of a drug called Tocin that acts as an aphrodisiac during intercourse and later during pregnancy serves to sever the chemical bond between mother and child in order to ensure that the mother does not become ‘broody’ and insist on keeping her child Megan McCafferty’s world building is detailed and convincing for the most part She establishes a whole new society with new laws new regulations new s and even a new slanguage all revolving around this new world where the only hope for the advancement of the planet are the youth – literally This is a world where sex is a business for teenagers where ‘lovemaking’ is looked down upon and peer pressure makes uestioning the system an impossibility And on the other hand are the ‘trubies’ the members of the Church who segregate themselves in communal settlements and are forbidden to leave the settlements except for missionary or agricultural purposes The segregation works to the benefit of Church members in that the incidence of the virus is significantly lower amongst them However the Church society is rigidly moral and fanatically religious adhering to an outmoded code of behavior that condemns pre marital sex instigates marriages at age thirteen or so and abhors technology cough Amish coughI hope you read the above bits of the review before you get started on the book because McCafferty goes to the other extreme from infodump writing She’s stingy with information and sly about it She slips vital bits of information into random conversations all over the book so blink and you’ll miss it This also makes the first fourth of the book heavy going until you get a firmer grasp on the world building and slanguage I can confidently say that no book in recent times has made me think as much as Bumped With The Hunger Games the dystopia was cut in stone unuestionable; the lessons it imparted were eually clear and unmistakable But with Bumped it’s a different situation altogether Firstly I had to look up the definition of ‘dystopia’ because the tone of the book did not match my idea of what a dystopian society should sound like And indeed in the strictest sense of the word Bumped is not a dystopia According to the dictionary dystopia is ‘a society characterized by human misery as sualor oppression disease and overcrowding Wikipedia goes on to inform me that a dystopian society “usually features different kinds of repressive social control systems a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence”On the face of it you can’t call the society in Bumped dystopian There is no sualor human misery or overcrowding than there is in any normal society Not much disease either except for the biggie the Human Progressive Sterility Virus There are no overt repressive social control systems no lack of individual freedoms and no warfare or violence There is no mandate that says all teenagers MUST get pregnant BUT and this is a big but there is an underlying nuance of oppression of enforced choices Nobody made a law saying everybody must get pregnant but the society has restructured itself in such a way that people NOT making the attempt to create babies are looked upon as both unpatriotic and non productive members of society Teenagers one of the easiest age groups to influence have been brainwashed into thinking that it is just and right for them to become baby making machines; to sell off their virginity their womb and their right to a childhood in exchange for a secure future and prestige amongst their peers Babies are bought and sold like goods in a market and nobody uestions this outrage; it is simply accepted Into this scenario come Harmony and Melody monozygotic identical twins separated at birth Both have been raised in completely different environments that have no meeting point Harmony has been given to a Church family to be raised and is at first glance a devout Church member with a loving family full of missionary zeal Melody has been raised in a life of privilege by educated affluent parents in a suburb of Princeton She’s the ideal RePro with a contract amounting to six figures and the perfect face body and mind to ensure an enviable genetic heritage for her child But slowly the surface layer peels off to reveal the deeper truths both sisters are hiding Despite being from vastly differing different backgrounds both twins have a uestioning bent of mind in societies where uestioning the norm is not encouraged They are both clinging to the ideas and beliefs they have been brought up with in the hopes of shoring up a fast degrading faith in the rightness of society as it is If there is one complaint I have to make about Harmony and Melody it is in McCafferty’s characterization of them As vehicles to uestion the norms of the world they live in they are perfect But McCafferty appears to have become so enad of their purpose that they lose their identity as people There is too much happening around them and to them; but the change that is caused within them by these events is left a little too much to the reader’s powers of deduction McCafferty spends so much time building her society that the human aspect of the relationship between the two sisters suffers They spend hardly any time together; as a result their eventual ‘bonding’ feels contrived Zen too is a character with great potential for being interesting but he doesn’t get enough page space to translate the potential into reality The premise of Bumped also highlights another issue that I have been pondering for a while; the uestion of whether a book about teenagers is always necessarily a Young Adult book I found Bumped to be a highly sexual read and perhaps a little too sophisticated ideologically for the YA group You don’t need to describe MasSex orgies or RePro sessions in detail in order to introduce a sexual element into a book In fact McCafferty has done it in an effortlessly ungraphic way But there is no denying that a book that deals with the uestion of reproductive choice is of necessity sexual Added to it are the numerous sexual double entendres peppering the conversation of every character in the book It’s almost horrifying how casually these teenagers accept the idea of sex and toss around words like pro boner and hornergy and everythingbut as in everything but sex No doubt this is the point that is intended to be driven home but in a genre ruled by the Mormon cliue I am not sure how positively this portrayal will be received While this review and the subject matter are somewhat sombre kudos to Megan McCafferty for lightening the tone of the book Despite what lies beneath the actual tone of the book is much lighter satirical than introspective It's not a hard read emotionally; but it is intellectually stimulatingBumped is undoubtedly one of the most interesting books I have read in a long long time However I cannot begin to describe my frustration with how the book ends It’s like finding a beautiful first edition copy of a classic and then discovering that the critical last pages are missing I think this is intended to be a series although I can find no indication of it on her website but it MUST be so because that ending doesn’t really ualify as an ending I was just left dangling from a rope with no safety net in sight Where is my neatly wrapped up all ends tied HEA This is definitely a book worth reading one that I would recommend without hesitation Four stars for some great world building and innovative ideas Minus one star for some clunky sentence structure excessive use of slanguage insufficient character development the slow beginning and THAT ENDINGPS I think the cover for this book is one of the most adorable things I've seen in forever DISCLOSURE I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Net Galley No considerations monetary or otherwise influenced this review