4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic tale
Bumped is a futuristic tale of how all the females over the age of 18 develop a virus rendering them infertile. Needless to say that fertile teenagers are the most sought after members of society and can strike lucrative contracts if they "bump" with a Repro ( a male genetically flawless teen) and hand the baby over to the couple who contract them. They are conditioned to...
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2.0 out of 5 stars So much hype - such a huge let-down
Oh dear... I was so disappointed by this book. I had such high hopes after all the reviewer buzz in the US! On paper, it sounds like an interesting take on the current dystopian trend: the story of two very different twin sisters, set in a society in which a virus has rendered everyone over the age of 18 infertile, and teenagers are paid big bucks by prospective...
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by Miss E. Potten
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2.0 out of 5 stars So much hype - such a huge let-down,
So far, so intriguing, right? The novel throws the reader head first into Melody's world from page one, with a deluge of baby chatter, futuristic jargon and an insight into the way this pregnancy-obsessed society works for genetically attractive young girls. For a while it was fascinating - but it didn't take long for it to start to feel just too alien to relate to. The incessant sex- and baby-related word play, in everything from the everyday slang to the pop music, began to feel like less of an amusing novelty and more like the kind of thing you'd expect to find being bandied about by teenage boys behind the bike sheds. It was just too much! I understand that this is the whole premise of the novel, but seriously, no one ever talked about anything but pregnancy (or 'bumping', as McCafferty calls it)!
As if that wasn't bad enough, the whole novel then flips on its head halfway through, and Harmony and her 'godfreaky' crisis of faith become the main focus. It's like McCafferty had pulled out a book called 'The Bible: Pro or Con?' and was rehashing every argument through Harmony's angst. As if to make up for this, the plot simultaneously becomes more and more disjointed and improbable, with horrendous coincidences and magic wand-waving going on left, right and centre to bring everything together. Then boom! I turned the page, and there were the acknowledgements! It felt like twenty pages were missing from the end.
At the end of the book, I walked away thinking, "What the hell was that?" A religious novel? An anti-religious novel? A fun read? A polemic on teen pregnancy? A thinly veiled jab at reproductive ethics? I'm not sure McCafferty herself knew, to be honest. Somewhere in there she lost the plot, lost her characters and - sorry - lost this reader.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bumped,
Didn't like it/didn't get it...it was a bit of both. I honestly thought the idea was such a fantastic one that I felt I was missing something by reacting so strongly against it. Maybe I am, the book has very mixed reviews so clearly it's a marmite one. The problems I found with it was believability. I just could not believe that in twenty years in our future we'd be willing to glorify kids as young as 13/14 having sex. I could believe in the idea that only under eighteens could carry children, but I didn't really get why we (society) would have lost all morals and would pit young kids against each other as they fought to win the best surrogate deal from the actual book. And also, surely with the amount of technology that's present in this world it could be done without the actual act of sex. It honestly made my stomach heave.
I could see what the author was trying to say about our culture, but sadly I just don't think that message came across in the brash, in your face style it was written. I cringed my way through this book, at times feeling physically sick...but not in a thought provoking way, more in sheer disgust. I also really hated the new slang littered throughout this book, which was annoying to say the least. I wanted to vomit every time I read the word Fertilicious
I did like the contrast between Harmony's old-fashioned devout church puritan upbringing and Melody's bubblegum world, where pregnant teens are the new celebrities and reality TV stars. And I also thought some of the futuristic inventions were pretty clever, such as the internet contact lenses...now I can believe in a population who's eye's flicker gormlessly as they can't pull themselves away from the virtual world. I'm kind of like that now as I crash into stuff with my head gazing down at my phone!
Unfortunately I can't recommend this book, it just made me feel too uncomfortable but for all the wrong reasons. I felt the author had so much fun creating this world, she forgot to give it a sinister edge and the result is a book that appears to make teen pregnancy attractive rather than what I guess was the original goal. For me, it was just too weird. If you think you may be offended in anyway by the topics I've mentioned then I scream AVOID to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, if you can just roll with it.,
I'm struggling to work out who Bumped is actually aimed at though - it's too simple for older teenagers, but not really suitable for the younger ones. Quite obviously there's a fair bit of sex and teenage pregnancy, but it's the light-hearted, enthusiastic attitude towards sex ('bumping') that means you should be careful before giving it to your daughter for Christmas. There's meant to be a 'message' in there somewhere, but it did seem to get a little bit lost.
It also falls prey to the classic fall-down of dystopian novels - protagonists who suddenly feel disillusioned with their way of life, despite there being no turning event, thought process or explanation. It just happens. In Bumped, Melody has her perfect career all lined up and this is the only society she has ever known, but magically, obviously, she doesn't agree with it. Sigh. I know she has to have these feelings for the entire book to make sense, but a slightly more gradual process wouldn't have hurt.
Also, I wanted to smack Harmony in the face with a rounders bat. I liked her well enough, but my GOD she makes some nonsensical decisions. I just don't understand how anybody could possibly think what she did was a good idea, especially with the belief system that she's meant to have. Like I said up above somewhere, you really do have to just kind of roll with this book and accept some things, but that part really did stick out like a sore thumb.
I'm complaining again, I know. I did really enjoy Bumped though and I'll definitely be reading the next. It's one of those that are a joy to read as long
as you don't think about it too closely.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst YA novels,
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic tale,
The story is set around Melody and Harmony, identical twins separated at birth. Melody is being raised by her adoptive parents and has everything a girl could ask for. She is contracted to bump with Johndoe, a highly sought after Repro. Harmony is being brought up also by adoptive parents but in the Goodside, a religious cult who keep themselves away from worldly things in an effort to avoid the Virus. Harmony while loving God feels there is more to life than what she is experiencing and seeks out Melody , horrified at Melody's plans she attempts to convert her to religion but can she stay away from the temptation the other side has to offer?
A case of mistaken identity between the twins sets the story off in an opposite direction and suddenly both girls are questioning their lives.
A young adult book which surprisingly had a lot of sex in it for it's age group, the author's insight into what the future may hold was fresh and interesting to read. The tale is told a chapter apiece from the twins viewpoint. I enjoyed this read though not my usual genre but was very disappointed at the end and left wondering is there another book to follow?
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, not so good writing,
This review is from: Bumped (Kindle Edition)I read this a couple of years ago, because I had run out books to read on holiday. The blurb drew me in - it sounded like a great idea. However, the writing style didn't really do it for me. I felt it could have been written far better and the characters just didn't do it for me at all - Melody and Harmony were both annoying (Melody was also stuck up, and Harmony was also brainwashed), Jondoe began as a pain but I started to like him more as the book progressed, and Melody's male friend/crush (forgotten his name - it was years ago that I read it!) was the only likeable character throughout the whole look. I understand that no character is perfect but COME ON!
Sorry, this book just didn't do it for me.
3.0 out of 5 stars Reviewd by Ali @ wingedreviews.com,
On the one hand, its dystopian, which I love and it has an original story line, which I also loved. But on the other hand the way it is written bothered me. And I spent half of the book confused and completely bewildered as to what on earth was happening!!
I'm not going to even attempt to explain the story line in too greater detail because I think the synopsis does a perfect job of that, but basically the story is told from the point of views of both Melody and Harmony (our 2 protagonists) the twins who were separated at birth.
The story starts when Harmony has turned up on Melody's door step to visit her. Harmony is the religious one and has been brought up to believe that having children before marraige is a sin. Whereas Melody has been brought up to breed for money - serious money. And all she cares about is 'bumping' as soon as possible!! And so basically Harmony thinks that she can convert Melody into giving up her 'preggie contract' and turning to God.
Now the main problem I had with this story was that, as I mentioned, for half the book I had no idea what was happening. The main reason for this is becuase we are thrown head first straight into the story with no explanation of anything. I was completely lost. Also, the author has invented a kind of futuristic slang speak that was sooooo difficult to follow. We as the reader are just expected to pick this up as we go along and this really annoyed me. I would often find myself reading a sentence containing 3 or 4 weird 'slang' words and thus - the sentense held no meaning as I didn't undertand those words!! Obviously this affected my experience of the story which was a great shame.
Anyway, after I finally came to grips with most of the lauguage (some of which I actually still don't understand even after finishing) I was just over half way through the book. And from this point on I really enjoyed the rest of the story.
As I said, the idea of the story is really intersting. And the journey that both girls go on is intreaguing and reminded me of a coming of age tale. As both girls start to realise that the way they were both brought up is not perfect and start to grow close together I came to really like them both as characters. This and the ending is what earned this book the 3 stars I gave it. The ending held lots of promise for the sequel 'Thumped' and I'm crossing my fingers that it will be a bit better 'put together' than Bumped is!
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not part of this world...,
I thought the premise of the story was really interesting. All diseases have been cured but the result is that women have the inability to become pregnant after their late teens. This results in couples paying teens to be surrogates. This story is told from the point of view of identical twins who had been separated at birth. One twin was raised to be the perfect surrogate and the other was raised in a religious commune where marriage must come before a child. Harmony leaves her religious confines to find her twin and tell her of the word of god so that she may come home.
The book alters chapter about between Harmony and Melody. Personally I preferred the Harmony chapters as I related to her the most. Like her we had not grown in this world and the surroundings were unfamiliar. I think this made it easier to relate to her. This book was interesting and I am a huge fan of Megan McCafferty (Jessica Darling is amazing) but this book did not captivate my attention in the way I hoped it would.
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, falls short,
I also had difficulty believing the characters. Melody is a girl who is getting ready for her first 'bump' with professional 'bumper' Jondoe, her personality was okay, she was slightly relatable if only for the fact that she is like teens these days - trying to keep up with the new fashions. Harmony, on the other hand is unpenetrable and so pretty unlikeable as well. Harmony comes from 'Goodside', where all religions seem to have united and formed some sort of religious 'sect' like a very extreme Amish kind of thing - where all girls wear big dresses and veils and all boys are farmers. So Harmony comes over to Otherside, where condoms are illegal (yeah, that's right), to preach to her sister and ends up having sex with a guy just because he tells her that he is also religious.
But the worst thing of all is how extreme these beliefs are. Otherside are so baby mad that they have banned condoms and basically have pictures of pregnant teens all over with slogans saying things like "Get pregnant or you'll never be this pretty". While this is a possibility and does make you think about the future, it doesn't seem real enough and comes across as a sort of political statement. Now I'm not a hater of satire, but it has to be done well and McCafferty doesn't pull it off for me.
Harmony's religious sect seems like a generalization of religion and seems pretty stereotypical. I couldn't believe that this type of lifestyle could actually exist and so I didn't really like this area.
The one okay thing about this book is Zen, Melody's best friend and possible love interest. In a book with boring, one dimensional characters Zen's charismatic and friendly, but also wise personality really did something into the book,be he was just mediocre, I don't know, he was just the only good part of the book.
Overall, I finished it, but only just. I personally wouldn't recommend this, but I leave it up to you.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me....,
After that initial confusion, I have to admit I was hooked and read the rest of the book in one sitting, mainly because I had to know where on earth this was going to end up. Dystopian YA are very on trend at the moment, and admittedly this is one with an edge to it and a very unique concept. However, I think a bit like marmite, you'll either love it or hate it!
This book is obviously set in the future, but it isn't until page 126 that you're told which year (2036!!). This annoyed me, I wanted more background; when it's set and perhaps how this virus came to be?
I didn't relate to or particularly feel anything for the characters (Melody or Harmony; twins) but I did love Melody's best friend Zen. He was genuine and I liked him - I hope he features heavily in the sequel Thumped.
The premise is good (a virus which has causes everyone over the age of 18 to become infertile) but for me the book itself is just too unbelievable. When you really sit and think about it, it's actually quite uncomforting that humanity would be buying and selling babies; giving young girls the incentive to have a child on somebody else's behalf. It essentially plays on the premise of surrogacy but takes it a million times further than what we know as surrogacy today. I'm not sure exactly what message McCafferty was trying to portray, and that bothered me. Yes, it's taking teen pregnancy to an extreme but for me in way which wasn't particularly comfortable to read!
The ending is cliff-hanger-esque indicating a sequel and indeed Thumped is due to be released on April 24th 2012. Although I took quite a major dislike to this book at the start, I have to admit, I'm more than intrigued to see where McCafferty takes the sequel!
Perhaps for those of you who are loving your dystopian YA novels at the moment, and can cope with the futuristic, slightly unnerving premise of this, it will fare a little better!
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Bumped by Megan McCafferty