Friday, September 13, 2013

Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series of books are must-read teen dystopian fiction, along with Ally Condie’s Matched series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, manages to be satiric, scary, and romantic at the same time. It continues the story of separated-at-birth twins, Melody and Harmony, girls as engaging as McCafferty’s Jessica Darling. These sisters are the most popular teen girls on the planet. To their fans, they seem to be living ideal lives. Harmony is married to Ram and living in Goodside, the religious community that once meant everything to her. Melody has the genetically flawless Jondoe as her coupling partner, which means money and status—and a bright future.

But both girls are hiding secrets. And they are each pining for the only guys they can’t have…. The biggest risk of all could be to finally tell the truth.

My thoughts:
In this dystopian world, fertility doesn't last past the teenage years so young teens are encouraged to "bump" for pregnancy.  These highly sought after children are then adopted by couples desperate to have a child of their own.  It has become such a market that sometimes couples are willing to pay large amounts of money to pair up teens who have sought after characteristics to give them the most genetically blessed child.  In Bumped, Melody was paired with Jondoe to "bump" for a child for a couple.  At the same time her identical twin sister had left the religious compound to meet her and ended up falling for Jondoe.  Now, Harmony is back at Goodside with her husband and Melody is going to school.  Both twins are being closely watched as they are twins pregnant with twins at the same time, quite a rarity in the world.  Only, things aren't as they seem.

Harmony is being shunned by her house sisters and is being isolated with her husband while pregnant.  Melody has to go to events to promote her "brand" and wear a band that keeps track of her heart rate and blood pressure to insure the health of the babies she is carrying.  There are tons of behind the scene secrets and the fact that none of these teenagers is really considering the pregnancy as a child, but as a commodity is disturbing.  None of the words associated with these pregnancies sounds like a baby.  They take medication to keep themselves from bonding with the child they carry, they "bump" to create them and they have made being pregnant the biggest status symbol.  High profile pairing are celebrities and are followed on their version of the Internet.

What do we as a society value?  How do we show what we care about?  Are we rewarding the wrong behaviors?  What does it take to stand up for what you really believe and feel and how do you take responsibility for yourself and your decisions?

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061962776
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 290

Meet the Author

Megan McCafferty
Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.

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