Bumped (Bumped #1)
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...more
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Not that they are bad names, but twins named Melody and Harmony?! Cliche much?
The similar names also made it very difficult to keep straight on who was who. The perspective jumps back and forth between the two of them just about every couple pages or so. The breakneck speed of the switches makes it difficult to develop a connection to the characters or keep track of what in the heehaw is goin' on. ...more
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 establi ...more
I did another video review for this one (and if you want to watch it, you can here.) But if you're not into video reviews, here's a brief written review, in the language of Bumped:
It was like, rilly rilly all about young girls pregging for money. Like, for seriously young. But it was okay, 'cause they were being, like, patriotic, and all the hot girls go Pro anyway, and it's just a delivery, so who cares? And if creepy old guy agents are making you major bank on that pregg, and your creepy pa ...more
It’s just a theory, and I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I do think that an analysis of Bumped needs to take into account the angle a person has chosen to read it from. Taken at face value, there is content and style to the story that some readers may find problematic or even objectionable. Read as a satirical take o ...more
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 ...more
The characters in this were okay, although Harmony didn’t behave quite the way I expected her to considering that she wanted her sister to find God, yet then did something that went against what she herself believed.
The storyline in this had some good ideas, but the way the book was written was a little odd. There were also quite a few made-up words, and some odd things like condoms being illegal. The basi ...more
I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and I couldn't wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic, one of my favorite genres. Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy.
As you've probably guessed by now, this book was a huge disappointment. McCafferty's writing is still there. Funny, sparkly, witty, a ...more
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 ...more
This is a CD cover for one of Korn's albums. I'm putting it up here because it adequately describes the feelings this book brought up for me.
Disclaimer: I love Megan McCafferty's books. This review may be biased.
You have been warned.
I won't deny it - I've been waiting to get my hands on this piece for ages. I've been reading about it for months now, the good and the bad, (more of the former, less of the latter ...more
BUMPED is an example of a dystopian society that is so fully realized and self-sustaining that it becomes very difficult for us outsiders t ...more
Imagine The Handmaid's Tale-lite crossed with a Shakespearean twins comedy and given a Mobius twist. Pretty amusing. Good SF on the imagine-one-change and follow out the consequences side, rather too hand-wavy on what would be the real science and reproductive science in the situation; so I'd call it a satirical moral fable rather than SF as such, though it's certainly not fantasy. Nor is it a dystopia, though I'm sure it is marketed as such for cogent economic reasons; just a topia. I appreciat ...more
No, I don’t mean 2010. I mean 2010 aged 26 years and on steroids.
Welcome to Bumped by Megan McCafferty. Everyone under age 18 in this world is a liability or a commodity, and you better protect your brand if you want to take it to the bank. So, the question is, how do you decide who you are ...more
It's really a case of what not to do in novels and case in point, sometimes even the wrongest novels still get published.
I mean, a YA book promoting sex for procreation only and babies as commodities?
It's not meant to be believable, but it totally is. Sterile adults control teenage fertility and the teenagers think they're the ones in control. Megan McCafferty clearly knows her ge ...more
BUMPED is the first book in a long while that has lived up to my expectations, I read it in it's entirety over a weekend which is very unusual for me. It's a captivating book set 35 years in the future where teenagers are idolized due to a virus that causes infertility in anyone over the age of eighteen. The chapters are split between Harmony and Melody, identical twins who are meeting for the very first time having grown up in very different worlds - Harmony in a religious sect that has a boar ...more
Bumped has been unexpected ...more
Picture your favorite uterus ...
Now picture it ... barren.
(Sorry, very obscure reference from the animated "Tick" series.)
In Bumped, the time is a near-distant future, one in which a virus has made almost all adults sterile. Only teenagers are guaranteed to be fertile, and in order to continue the human species, teenagers are encouraged to have sex, to get pregnant as often as th ...more
In a futuristic dystopia that seems strangely similar to our own modern-day culture, an under-class of underprivileged women are compelled by society to be the breeders for an upper-class that has been ravaged with infertility. In this culture, sex is not about love, but rather about pregnancy, and fertile women are expected to put their own feelings aside for the 'good of humanity' and the survival of the human race.
If it sounds like I'm describing Margaret Atwood's c ...more
Hmmm.....what to say about this book? This was without a doubt, the strangest book I've ever read. I honestly don't know how I feel about it. I found it entertaining, funny, and bizarre, easily reading through it in a day. I enjoyed the humor and found myself chuckling often. I found Zen absolutely hilarious and wished that he was in it a little more. I even found Harmony pretty entertaining. There were quite a few little twists and mysteries that kept me guessing, and ...more
This is exactly that kind of the book, which is going to be criticized by all sorts of people, from young readers who expected something totally different to angry parents who think it's inappropriate for their children to read about 16-year-old (or less) pregnant teenage girls being the most cherished persons in the society and the one and only hope for the whole humankin ...more
But he's right that it's about reproductive rights. Instead of approaching it from a legislative angle, it's all about peer pressure and popularity and trends. A Virus makes everyone infertile as they approach young adulthood, 18-20 years of age, and a new system has appeared to address the population problem. Teen pregnancy is suddenly the new cool. ...more
Bumped is so different!!
In Bumped Teens are the most valued people on earth because they are the only ones that can still have kids. A virus that most people catch around 18-20 makes them all infertile so Teens are the only ones that can deliv ...more
The first thing you notice about this book is the excessive amounts of slang dropped on us. Dear jaysus my head was spinning. I had no idea what the hell anybody was saying and I constantly had to stare at long passages trying to decipher what things meant. It sort brought me out of the flow of her words and what’s worse ...more
I must say, I was really let down by Bumped. The beginning o ...more
The pregnancy-dominated slang was hard to take at first, kind of hard to understand, but once I decided to just let it in and wait for answers later, I really started to enjoy it. I couldn't believe how many slang terms McCafferty could c ...more
But she relies ...more
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