Author: Megan McCafferty
Genre: Teen Fiction, Dystopian Fiction,
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061962745
Source: Downloaded galley from NetGalley. This is my honest review!
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Melody and Harmony are twins who were separated at birth. Melody was raised in a more traditional environment, while Harmony was raised in a secluded religious community. In their world people are only able to procreate in their teens. Once they reach adulthood, they are sterile. In Harmony's community, they marry early, usually around age 13, so they can have children. In the outside world where Melody is from, people pay teens to deliver and then give up their babies so that many couples can have children. When Harmony leaves her strictly religious community to seek her twin, neither girl is prepared for the changes their lives are about to undergo. Both will face choices that may change their lives forever.
This was an intriguing novel. Both Melody and Harmony are strong characters, but they are strong in different ways. Harmony breaks with tradition to travel from Goodside to meet her sister. She hopes she can talk her sister into abandoning the path she is on and bring her home with her to Goodside. Melody is determined. She knows what she wants, and she has worked hard to get it. She is hoping that her contract as a Repro will be profitable when she delivers her first child. To do that she has made herself everything a Repro should be; strong, smart, talented, and attractive.
I admit it took me a while to write this review because I just didn't know what to say. It gave me a lot to think about and looks at some interesting aspects of our own culture. There is such a dominance of the media in every aspect of the novel. Teens are encouraged to become pregnant so that adults can adopt their babies. There are stores marketing to pregnant teens, and media that tells teens that it is their civic duty.
This story is interesting and leaves the reader with a lot to think about. The influence of media and how the media can target teens, and even how teens can be exploited by the media are reflected in this novel. Ultimately in the end this was a novel about choice, and these two girls learning that they have to make choices and that their are times they need to follow their own paths. This might be a better choice for older teens because of mature subject matter.
Lots of slang specifically designed for the book is used and at the beginning it can be difficult to follow, but after a couple of chapters you get the hang of it.
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