Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thumped by Megan McCafferty
The review for the first book in this series, Bumped is here.
I really enjoyed Bumped and its humorous treatment of a serious dystopian subject. Everyone eventually becomes infertile at around age 18. Because of this, teenagers hold massive amounts of power, and especially teenage girls. We were introduced to reunited twin sisters Melody and Harmony in the first book. Melody was raised to "preg for profit," as they would say in the books. Harmony was raised with a more religious background, but she runs away from her new husband to meet and then save her sister. Warning: I will be revealing some spoilers from Bumped.
At the end of book one, Harmony fell in love with Johndoe, the hot stud who was supposed to impregnate Melody. They got it on, and Harmony is now pregnant with his baby. BUT...she is actually married and back in Goodside pretending that it is her husband's. Melody is also pregnant, except not so much. The twins scored a major endorsement deal based on their twin pregnancies and twin deliveries. Harmony uses her new fame to help with her ministry, but she can't get Johndoe out of her head. When she finds out that the elders in Goodside plan to take her child when it's born, Harmony reaches out to her sister for help.
Melody has been faking her pregnancy to help prove that the entire pro-teen pregnancy system is messed up. She only starts to think about the repercussions of this when she actually meets the couple who is expecting to adopt her babies.
There are a lot of issues presented in both of Megan McCafferty's books, but they don't come of as "issues" books in spite of it all. The series is wrapped up very neatly with the second book, maybe a little too neatly. All in all, I enjoy the series for its humor, though it may be better suited for someone younger but mature enough to handle sexual content.