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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 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 disco

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Bumped Author Megan McCafferIte 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 A virus has made everyone over the age of eighteen infertile so young teens are being used as surrogates while they are able to conceive making teens the most prized members of society Sixteen year old twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth but have now been reunited and learning just how different but alike that they are Melody has obtained a conception contract with the Jaydens but while searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen who is not a good partner Harmony on the other hand has been raised in a religious community and is set to marry and become a good wife instead of getting involved in the high profits of carrying others babies The whole idea behind Bumped seemed like a really interesting idea that I had high hopes for but when finished I was left with a bit of a let down feeling This whole futuristic society seemed to just be set around naming things with different words but not really explaining what or how things got to where they were in such a short time While I wanted to the world building and plot I also found that I felt the characters were a tad irritating to me at times too for a personal reasoning I'm not really a fan of the idea of religion being pushed upon others so when I was introduced to Harmony in the story I really didn't care for her but that may just be me and it might not bother others Otherwise there were little details in the story I was also uestioning or just didn't care for too which didn't help my enjoyment level at all with this one In the end this just wasn't for me unfortunately I'm sure some will love it but I just didn't find myself enjoying the way it was done after finding the idea incredibly interesting

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Bumped Author Megan McCafferty Book º 326 pages Download ¹ Helpyouantib Æ ❃ [EPUB] ✻ Bumped By Megan McCafferty ➜ – Helpyouantib.co.uk When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile would be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their childrHat 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