I bought it on my Kindle because it was on as a special and as a fan of Meghan McCafferty I thought it may be good. Of course, I bought it before I read the plot. After reading the plot I wasn’t so sure how i’d feel about it. I’m not much into futuristic/sci-fi type fiction.
I loved this book! The basic premise is that a virus has made everyone over the age of 18 infertile. This, of course, threatens the population and humanity itself. Because of this, teenage girls are the most important people in the world. It’s a world where it’s good to be 16 and pregnant. Some girls are “pro” and are under contract to find the perfect person to “bump” with for the adopting couple. Others are amateur and simply bump and sell their babies. However, there are settlements like Goodsdale that are church communities that teach girls to marry and bump to keep the children for themselves. It is these two separate communities that twin sisters Harmony and Melody live in. Separated at birth, they had not met until Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Melody is in contract for a very lucrative deal and Harmony is from the church community, hoping to “save” Melody and bring her back to Goodsdale to live with in righteousness.
See? Even I can’t make the plot not sound ridiculous. However, what was so enthralling to me is this future world McCafferty thought up. The different way contracts work, the new medical miracle pills that keep a mother from bonding with her child in the womb (one of Melody’s friends refers to her baby as “Burrito”).
There are secrets and twists… and an ending that has me eagerly awaiting the sequel, Thumped, due out on April 24, 2012.
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