Bumped found its way into my Barnes & Noble shopping cart one afternoon.
I had no idea I was about to be taken on a journey that stirred up a plethora of emotions, both positive and negative, with each page.
If you're over the age of 18 and want to have a baby, forget about it. In this dystopian world, a virus has infected everyone over the age of 18, leaving them unable to reproduce. If you want children, you're at the mercy of teenage girls who are treated like the most important people in the world and have turned "bumping" and "breeding" into prosperous careers.
The story follows sixteen-year-old twins Melody and Harmony, who were separated at birth.
Harmony was raised in "Goodside," a super religious community where they follow the Bible word for word and never question what it tells them to do. Harmony, like other girls in the community, has spent her entire life preparing to be a good wife and mother. She believes that "bumping" with strangers and profiting from it is a sin. It's these feelings that send her running from "Goodside" and to Melody. Not only does she want to meet her lost twin, she wants to save her and bring her to "Goodside."
Melody, growing up in a very different community, has been groomed to be a Reproduction Professional. She must keep a good profile of looks, health, and intelligence to lure possible clients seeking a baby of their very own. Having landed a lucrative contract with a very wealthy couple, she's eagerly awaiting to find out the guy she's been matched with and when they will "bump." Waiting isn't easy. Her eighteenth birthday is less than two years away, all of her friends are procreating (and profiting), her parents are pressuring her, and she's fighting an undeniable attraction to her best friend (a boy who has been deemed not fit for profitable breeding).When Harmony shows up on her front doorstep, things become even more confusing and stressful.
The alternating chapters allows readers to view the sisters' worlds through very different perspectives, which was both interesting and upsetting. The depth of character, moral struggle, and bond of sisterhood was compelling.
But I can't lie. Bumped was disturbing. I was seething with anger more than once. Still, I found it absolutely alluring and couldn't stop reading. I was so involved in the story that the ending came too soon.
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