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25I did nother video review for this one Secrets of the Lotus and if you want to watch it you can here But if you re not into video reviews here s brief written review in the language of BumpedIt was like rilly rilly The Evil Genius Guide allbout young girls pregging for money Like for seriously young But it was okay cause they were being like patriotic nd ll This was YA dystopian story bout world where people went sterile round the Pursuit age of 20The characters in this were okaylthough Harmony didn t behave uite the way I expected her to considering that she wanted her sister to find God yet then did something that went gainst what she herself believedThe storyline in this had some good ideas but the way the book was written was little odd There were lso uite few made up words Chariot on the Mountain and some odd things like condoms being illegal The basic story was entertaining thoughnd I did enjoy itThe ending to this was okay nd I will be reading the seuel to find out what happens next65 out of 10 Ugh Having enjoyed the first two Jessica Darling novels I was mused by Bumped s description s dystopian world where only teenagers can procreate due to virus that renders every dult infertile McCafferty Back on Top and HarperTeen introduce the books stunningly close to home given the new obsession with pregnant teens I tag this book dystopian with trepidation I get nnoyed when writers don t d Wha wha WHAAT What just happened there Okay let s start t the beginning Bumped is The Silence of the Chihuahuas a dystopian novel set in 2035 where virus has wiped out the bility of every person over the ge of eighteen to reproduce Why eighteen How eighteen Does the virus come built in with n ge 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 t which this novel starts it is lready established that there is flourishing trade in surrogacy it being ccepted practice for teenagers to have sex with the intent of producing baby that is then given way for doption to older couples who can no longer reproduce The surrogate mothers re divided into two groups the Reproductive Professionals RePros who Final Seconds are stringently scrutinized on genetic level to ensure their The Czech Legion 1914–20 acceptabilitynd then paired with nother hand picked sperm donor The babies of the RePros re optioned for large sums of money even before the reproductive process begins The other group The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble are themateurs people who pick their own partners A Bridge Through Time and either donate their babies pro bono or put them up fordoption in public uction The entire process is facilitated by the dministration of drug called Tocin that A Change of Heart actss F/Studio anphrodisiac during intercourse West End Girls 2 and later during pregnancy serves to sever the chemical bond between mothernd child in order to ensure that the mother does not become broody nd insist on keeping her child Megan McCafferty s world building is detailed nd convincing for the most part She establishes A Decadent Way to Die (Savannah Reid Mystery, a whole new society with new laws new regulations new snd even Free Fall (Sisterhood, a new slanguagell revolving round this new world where the only hope for the dvancement of the planet re the youth literally This is world where sex is Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery a business for teenagers where lovemaking is looked down uponnd peer pressure makes uestioning the system n impossibility And on the other hand re the trubies the members of the Church who segregate themselves in communal settlements nd re forbidden to leave the settlements except for missionary or One Last Time agricultural purposes The segregation works to the benefit of Church members in that the incidence of the virus is significantly lowermongst them However the Church society is rigidly moral nd fanatically religious dhering to Huckleberry Harvest an outmoded code of behavior that condemns pre marital sex instigates marriagest ge thirteen or so nd Grandmothers Against the War: How We Got Off Our Fannies and Stood Up for Peace abhors technology cough Amish coughI hope you read thebove bits of the review before you get started on the book because McCafferty goes to the other extreme from infodump writing She s stingy with information nd sly bout it She slips vital bits of information into random conversations ll over the book so blink nd you ll miss it this lso makes the ll miss it This lso makes the fourth of the book heavy going "until you get Out of His League a firmer grasp on the world buildingnd slanguage I can confidently "you get First Degree Mudder a firmer grasp on the world buildingnd slanguage I can confidently that no book in recent times has made me think London's Best Kept Secret as muchs Bumped With The Hunger Games the dystopia was cut in stone unuestionable the lessons it imparted were eually clear nd unmistakable But with Bumped it s different situation ltogether Firstly I had to look up the definition of dystopia because the tone of the book did not match my idea of what dystopian society should sound like And indeed in the strictest sense of the word Bumped is not dystopia According to the dictionary dystopia is society characterized by human misery s sualor oppression disease nd overcrowding Wikipedia goes on to inform me that dystopian society usually features different kinds of repressive social control systems lack or total bsence of individual freedoms nd expressions nd constant states of warfare or violence On the face of it you can t call the society in Bumped dystopian There is no sualor human misery or overcrowding than there is in ny normal society Not much disease either except for the biggie the Human Progressive Sterility Virus There re no overt repressive social control systems no lack of individual freedoms nd no warfare or violence There is no mandate that says Romeo for Real all teenagers MUST get pregnant BUTnd this is big but there is n underlying nuance of oppression of enforced choices Nobody made law saying everybody must get pregnant but the society has restructured itself in such way that people NOT making the LogoLounge 2 attempt to create babiesre looked upon Bad Billy Brighton as both unpatrioticnd non productive members of society Teenagers one of the easiest ge groups to influence have been brainwashed into thinking that it is just nd right for them to become baby making machines to sell off their virginity their womb nd their right to childhood in exchange for secure future nd prestige mongst their peers Babies re bought nd sold like goods in market A Knife in the Heart and nobody uestions this outrage it is simplyccepted Into this scenario come Harmony nd Melody monozygotic identical twins separated t birth Both have been raised in completely different environments that have no meeting point Harmony has been given to Church family to be raised nd is t first glance devout Church member with loving family full of missionary zeal Melody has been raised in life of privilege by educated A Bollywood Affair affluent parents in suburb of Princeton She s the ideal RePro with contract mounting to six figures nd the perfect face body nd mind to ensure The Scent of Rosa's Oil an enviable genetic heritage for her child But slowly the surface layer peels off to reveal the deeper truths both sistersre hiding Despite being from vastly differing different backgrounds both twins have uestioning bent of mind in societies where uestioning the norm is not encouraged They re both clinging to the ideas Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, and beliefs they have been brought up with in the hopes of shoring up fast degrading faith in the rightness of society s it is If there is one complaint I have to make bout Harmony nd Melody it is in McCafferty s characterization of them As vehicles to uestion the norms of the world they live in they re perfect But McCafferty ppears to have become so enad of their purpose that they lose their identity s people There is too much happening Defending Hearts around themnd to them but the change that is caused within them by these events is left little too much to the reader s powers of deduction McCafferty spends so much time building her society that the human spect of the relationship between the two sisters suffers They spend hardly ny time together s result their eventual bonding feels contr. When virus makes everyone over the ge of eighteen infertile would be parents pay teen girls to conceive nd give birth to their children making teens the most prized members of society Girls sport fake baby bumps Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, and the school cafeteria stocks foliccid infused foodSixteen year old identical twins Melody nd Harmony were separated t birth nd have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep Up to now the twins have followed completely oppos. ,
Ived Zen too is character with great potential for being interesting but he doesn t get enough page space to translate the potential into reality The premise of Bumped Spiky also highlightsnother issue that I have been pondering for while the uestion of whether book bout teenagers is lways necessarily Dungeon of Death a Young Adult book I found Bumped to be highly sexual read nd perhaps little too sophisticated ideologically for the YA group You don t need to describe MasSex orgies or RePro sessions in detail in order to introduce Love Rockets a sexual element into book In fact McCafferty has done it in n effortlessly ungraphic way But there is no denying that book that deals with the uestion of reproductive choice is of necessity sexual Added to it A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, are the numerous sexual double entendres peppering the conversation of every character in the book It slmost horrifying how casually these teenagers ccept the idea of sex nd toss round words like pro boner nd hornergy nd everythingbut s in everything but sex No doubt this is the point that is intended to be driven home but in genre ruled by the Mormon cliue I m not sure how positively this portrayal will be received While this review nd the subject matter re somewhat sombre kudos to Megan McCafferty for lightening the tone of the book Despite what lies beneath the The Hired Man actual tone of the book is much lighter satirical than introspective It s not hard read emotionally but it is intellectually stimulatingBumped is undoubtedly one of the most interesting books I have read in long long time However I cannot begin to describe my frustration with how the book ends It s like finding beautiful first edition copy of classic nd then discovering that the critical last pages Almost A Gentleman are missing I think this is intended to be series lthough I can find no indication of it on her website but it MUST be so because that ending doesn t really ualify s n ending I was just left dangling from rope with no safety net in sight Where is my neatly wrapped up ll ends tied HEA This is definitely book worth reading one that I would recommend without hesitation Four stars for some great world building nd innovative ideas Minus one star for some clunky sentence structure excessive use of slanguage insufficient character development the slow beginning nd THAT ENDINGPS I think the cover for this book is one of the most dorable things I ve seen in forever DISCLOSURE I received copy of this book from the publishers via Net Galley No considerations monetary or otherwise influenced this review A virus has made everyone over the Here by the Bloods age of eighteen infertile so young teensre being used s surrogates while they re ble to conceive making teens the most prized members of society Sixteen year old twins Melody nd Harmony were separated t birth but have now been reunited nd learning just how different but like that they re Melody has obtained conception contract with the Jaydens but while searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with she is fighting her ttraction to her best friend Zen who is not Bound (Torn Trilogy, a good partner Harmony on the other hand has been raised in religious community nd is set to marry nd become good wife instead of getting involved in the high profits of carrying others babies The whole idea behind Bumped seemed like really interesting idea that I had high hopes for but when finished I was left with bit of let down feeling This whole futuristic society seemed to just be set Loyalty and Lies around naming things with different words but not really explaining what or how things got to where they were in such short time While I wanted to the world building nd plot I lso found that I felt the characters were Fortunes Flames a tad irritating to met times too for personal reasoning I m not really fan of the idea of religion being pushed upon others so when I was introduced to Harmony in the story I really didn t care for her but that may just be me nd it might not bother others Otherwise there were little details in the story I was lso uestioning or just didn t care for too which didn t help my enjoyment level t ll with this one In the end this just wasn t for me unfortunately I m sure some will love it but I just didn t find myself enjoying the way it was done fter finding the idea incredibly interesting I ll be honest I ve been DREADING writing this review 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 nd I couldn t wait to read her first ttempt t Dystopian fic one of my favorite genres Imagine my bsolute delight when I received n Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy sighAs you ve probably guessed by now this book was Claiming Her a huge disappointment McCafferty s writing is still there Funny sparkly wittynd everything else that made Jessica Darling so fun to read However the premise for the book while intended to be satirical just did not work AT ALL The idea is simple lbeit far fetched For some unknown reason that is not developed some kind of virus humans somehow lose the bility to procreate fter the ge of 18 Why 18 is the cut off date is never discussed So s result teenagers become hot com So Melody nd Harmony re our two main characters And guess what they re twins NawreallyNot that they re bad names but twins named Melody Murder Go Round and Harmony Cliche muchThe similar nameslso made it very difficult to keep straight on who was who The perspective jumps back How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis and forth between the two of them justbout every couple pages or so The breakneck speed of the switches makes it difficult to develop Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential a connection to the characters or keep track of what in the heehaw is goin on Sorry when I get frustrated the Southern comes outSo Melody or is it Harmony or Symphony No I think it s Rhythm Hell I can t keep them straight so I will call them Future Twin who is the first one were introduced to nd uses excessive mounts of future slang Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and Religious Twin who is the secondnd religious fanatic typeFuture Twin The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) and Religious Twinre sixteen Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 andre just meeting for the first time Future Twin has loaned out her body to bump nd then deliver baby to sell to the highest bidder Religious Twin has come to find her Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and save her soul Religious Twin then proceeds to impersonate Future Twin when the guy who s supposed to bump her comesround because she somehow believes this will help save Future Twin s soul But instead The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a whole lot of complicated things start to happenRight off the bat the lingo hit me like back handed slap from my momma Okay so I don t ctually call her Momma And my mom would never really hit me Except for that one time She threatened to spank me WITH A WOODEN SPOON AND THEN SHE DID YEAH a wooden spoon nd then she DID Yeah laughed too while she was doing it Anywho Oh hey There s my Northerner side view spoilerNo I m not schizophrenic view spoilerJust Heinz 57 from mix of places IN THE US HIDE SPOILER I SUSPECT THAT FOR the US hide spoiler I suspect that for the mount of enjoyment ndor engagement they experience while reading Bumped will be directly proportional to the manner in which they pproach it It s just theory nd I can t speak for nyone but myself but I do think that I Was Anastasia annalysis of Bumped needs to take into Choice of the Cat account thengle Three Cups of Deceit a person has chosen to read it from Takent face value there is content Sparrow Road and style to the story that some readers may find problematic or even objectionable Reads A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston a satirical take on current trends though Bumped presents some intelligent relevant commentary on socialnd economic pressure nd the extent to which it shapes our views I m not sure that I would "say I liked this book in the sense in which I would normally pply the word But I "I liked this book in the sense in which I would normally pply the word But I uite fascinated by the themes nd interested to see how they would be developed In truth Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World at times it wasn uncomfortable book for me to read But perhaps that was entirely the point Bumped takes place in The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors a not too distant future where. Ite paths Melody has scoredn enviable conception contract with Yoga: The Art of Adjusting a couple called the Jaydens While theyre searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with she is fighting her ttraction to her best friend Zen who is way too short for the jobHarmony has spent her whole life in Goodside religious community preparing to be The Neural Basis of Free Will a wifend mother She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is sin But Harmony has secrets of her own A virus has caused the onset of infertility between the ges of eighteen nd twenty nd teen pregnancy has become matter of profit nd prestige Bumping Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, and preggingre governed by contractual obligations managed by Past Destinies agents watchedvidly through the hyperactive lens of extreme social media High school is divided not so much on the lines of the popular Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 and the unpopular but themateurs If Wishes Were Horses and the pros The girls with six figures riding on their six month baby belliesnd the girls hoping to profit on n un contracted knock up The guys who re stud material nd the guys who don t make the reproaesthetical grade For the most part I bought this s premise McCafferty s world has its roots in our own mplifying the present reality into n exaggerated future possibility I could get behind this concept than I could say love is disease Every female dies t 20 I mean no disrespect to those books but by comparison I found this vision of the future plausible Or least I didn t have to suspend s much belief This is Sixteen nd Pregnant peer pressure social media nd economic upheaval dialled up to eleven Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and heavily distorted Hand in hand with this setting is uite lot of stylised slang A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and terminology Bumped is thick with future speaknd technological references it took me ges to work out what ll the winking nd blinking was bout lthough maybe I m just exceptionally slow on the uptake nd this can be somewhat distracting The Unspeakable Mind as there is not lot of ccompanying explanation Given its prevalence you either won t mind the language nd will Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought adjust uickly or it will drive youbsolutely crazy Aside from this I did enjoy the writing The chapters Murder at Beechwood are uite shortnd while occasionally this caused some blurring between the characters for me I did like the flow nd rhythm to the book Bumped is told through the dual perspectives of identical twins Melody nd Harmony separated t birth nd unexpectedly re united t sixteen Melody is trailblazer of the pregging for profit trend holding Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space a lucrative conception contractnd Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) awaiting the selection of suitable partner to bump with under pressure to seal the deal before her days of fertility Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, are upnd she enters her obsolesence Harmony has been raised in Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a fundamentalist communitynd believes it is her duty to convince her long lost sister of the sinfulness of her choice to procreate outside of marriage The way both Melody nd Harmony re presented may not be easy for ll to stomach Taking step back from these characters though there Alien: Sea of Sorrows are similarities than differences I think it may be little short sighted to see this merely Journey Of Fate as the religiousnd secular going head to head Let s face it very few would step out of that ring not nursing some wounds of offence regardless of which side their personal convictions Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation are closelyligned with To me this was Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. a storybout two girls who re each confined by the wildly opposing moral nd social strictures governing their societies Two girls undergoing Holding Up the Universe a shift in perception both of themselvesnd each other Learning to recognise the influences nd demands on their lives nd whether to choose to embrace or reject these This is not to say that I either Satellite agree or disagree with the portrayals of the characters teen pregnancy or religion in this books I found parts in both narratives to be problematic Blank Darkness at times However I couldppreciate that large part of this story is bout gaining insight into other viewpoints Makers and becoming self determined in the face of incredible pressure from peers parentsnd society To vilify one side of the world McCafferty presents would be to overlook the fact that both tie the value of women to their The Heart Has Its Reasons ability to conceivend bear children Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism and both inflict some extreme levels of pressure on young people to conform to theccepted procreative norm Interestingly there is not lot of detail round whether there re people who don t fall within either the Goodside or Otherside communities s they Kneller's Happy Campers are referred to by Harmony Thesere two narrow extremes Haunted Houses For the Millions and I can t help but speculate that there must be others who would not claimffinity with either set of beliefs just s there re today This is Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World a polarising book in many ways The writing style subject matternd the depiction of the characters will court strong opinions either way not Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul all will find itccessible There The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records are some scenes thatre deliberately I suspect incredibly skin crawly are some scenes that re deliberately I suspect incredibly skin crawly young girls trying on fake baby bumps the rampant sexualisation nd view spoilera pregnant pre teen hide spoiler This book was definitely not for me I have so far liked the dystopian books I have read but this felt like n infomercial for teen pregnancy than bout The Dawn of Christmas a world gone bad The story is basicallybout what happens when "virus hits the US making it to where every person barren "hits the US making it to where every person is barren the ge of 18 To make sure the human race stays populated dults start looking to teens Bark and I mean startingt Eden's Gate age 13 to help them have there dream babies Wellfter Her Bear Twins a couple of years of this teensnd their parents start demanding compensation for their troubles Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood and buying baby ends up having whole new meaning So begins the tale of Melody one of the first teens to demand contract My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, and Harmony her long lost twin who ended up in church congregation that believes teens who provide this bumping service need to stop nd find God The story leads us into what happens when Harmony comes in contact with her sister for the first time nd how maybe this whole buying babies may not be the right nswerEven though this whole idea scares me to death I might have liked the book little better if the uthor hadn t glorified teen pregnancy so much I know that this world believes that teens re the nswer but I had the feeling while I was reading that there was hidden genda nd it gave me Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man an icky feeling The biggest problem I had was why in the world did these teens have to bumpka have sex McCafferty created this world to be very high tech Throughout the book I kept thinking The Light in Our Houses about the movie Back To the Future when Marty McFly goes into the futurend you see ll this high tech euipment With ll of this high tech stuff I would have thought that she could have written better way for these teens to become pregnant Again I felt that she glorified things little too much Throughout most of the book I was cringing because of the extremes that some of these poor teens went through to get pregnant To give you How to Get People to Do Stuff: The Psychology of Persuasion an example the cheerclones had masSEXparties where the whole point is to trynd get pregnant t the same time nd the guys get to pretty much have sex with s many girls s possible This is gross nd in this day nd Highland Hucow: Milking Marie age where so many teen girls think that getting pregnant is fun I think this send the wrong message It is not until the end of the book that Melody starts rethinking her decision to ben incubator Call the Fire Brigade: Fighting London's Fires and by this time so many things have happened that it really makes no difference This book was not wrapped upt ll nd there is cliff hanger ending Oh nd the slang that the Edward Keating author used I couldn t grasp untilbout halfway through the book I think she needs Berlin på 8 kapitel a glossary in the book because even now I can t explain most of the technologynd even certain word meanI Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City am not everybodynd I know uite Shelley And Nonviolence a few people who liked this book but it just wasn t for me 35 starsIt s been few days since I ve finished this book nd I wanted to give myself some time to process my feelings for it before I review itStill have no clue how I feel bout itIt was definitely Cross (Jack Taylor, an original story that makes you think but it barely scratched this dystopian world s surfaceCharacters were decently developed yet not very loveableOkay that sn understatement I bsolutely hated Harmony thought she was selfish nd The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom a life ruinerMegan McCafferty s writing wass good Stripped to the Bone aslways tho Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan and I will definitely read the seuel I m pretty hookednd need to know what happens next. Hat she is running fromWhen Melody is finally matched with the world famous genetically flawless Jondoe both girls’ lives re changed forever A case of mistaken identity takes them on journey neither could have ever imagined one that makes Melody Signs From The Afterlife: How the Other Side can comfort and inspire you and Harmony realize they have so much than just DNA in commonFrom New York Times bestsellinguthor Megan McCafferty comes strikingly original look t friendship love nd sisterhood in future that is eerily believab. ,

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