Series: Bumped #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 26th 2011
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.
Short and Sweet: Bumped is unlike an other dystopian I have ever read. A society facing extinction by virus. More specifically, a virus that causes everyone over age 18 to be unable to conceive. While the cause of extinction wasn't overly shocking, it is the reaction of the people that is. Teens with fake baby bumps. Shirts openly declaring their desire for a child. Even the rewards that are given for having the "perfect" baby were completely out there. And I loved that. Bumped was so different than what I thought it would be. The dystopian world controlling the actions of its people. But that was not all to the story. Not even close.
Final Verdict: Bumped has many layers to it. The dystopian element. The society. The sisters and their dynamic. And it all blends together in a really interesting way. While appreciate the differences of Bumped, part of me wanted more. Mainly with the sisters. I just didn't connect with them the way I wanted to. Maybe it is just first novel blues. But I know I am interersted enough to see what happens next.