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Bumped by Megan McCafferty
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Melody and Harmony are twins who have only recently discovered each other's existence. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, Hamony has left behind her husband in Goodside in order to persuade her sister to join her. Melody, meanwhile, has led a life of priviledge that has resulted in a conception contract with a wealthy family in search of the right surrogate teens to create their child. In this dystopian world, set in 2035, a Virus has caused everyone over the age of eighteen to become infertile, thus resulting in a world where teen pregnancies are encouraged, and eleven-year-olds giving birth is something not unheard of. Unprotected sex is the norm, and teens have become the most important commodity on the planet. The author's use of slang such as "pregging" and "fertilicious" may confuse readers at first, but stick with the book, it's not that hard to adjust to the vocabulary or follow the narrative, told from the two sisters' points of view. Things happen quickly in this highly original novel although the case of mistaken identity is a familiar literary device that allows much drama to ensue once Harmony is mistaken for Melody. I'll look forward to seeing what happens next in the lives of these sisters.
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