Friday, May 20, 2011
Jen Reviews 'Bumped' by Megan McCafferty
Author: Megan McCafferty
Published: Balzer + Bray, April 2011
Rating: 5 stars
Can you imagine a world where birth control didn't exist? A world where condoms are illegal? (and yes, you read that right). In Megan McCafferty's world of Bumped that is the case. Cause: A virus has made everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Effect: Teenage girls are the most valuable members of this society. They are paid to 'bump' with a teenage boy until they get pregnant. Some girls even have agents and these girls are professional 'bumpers'. It's expected that you will be pregnant at least once while in high school. If not, hello outcast.
I thought this book was so creative and well thought out. McCafferty creates her own futuristic language and slang, as well as some new technology gadgets. At first, it's a little confusing but as the book progresses its like you use the terminology in your everyday life. One of my favorite things about Bumped is the different pregnancy/bumping jingles. Really, they're hilarious. I'll give you two examples: "Do the deed. Born to breed" and "Went forth and multiplied. Fightin' the omnicide". Imagine you're in your car listening to the radio and one of those jingles comes on.
Melody and Harmony are the two main characters. They are identical twins who have recently found out about each other and have just met. The two sisters are as different as night and day. They grew up in two completely different communities with completely different values.
Melody was raised in Otherside. This society has masSex parties and agents that scout out good talent for you to "bump" with. Harmony grew up in Goodside, a place where arranged marriages still occur. The book takes place in Otherside but when Harmony talks about Goodside it reminds me of an Amish community.
It did take me a few chapters to pick up the slang McCafferty uses but I thought it worked well with the setting. For some reason I was reminded of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century with all of the slang. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers 'Zetus lupetus!"
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely a new spin on the influx of YA dystopian books that have been popping up lately. I can only imagine what Jessica Darling would say about a society that promotes teenage sex and pregnancy.