SERIES: Bumped #2
AUTHOR: Megan McCafferty
PUBLICATION DATE: April 24, 2012
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HaperCollins Publishers
PAGES: 290 pages
RATING: 5 stars
Despite being in a horrible mood when I picked this book up last night to finish it, this book left me smiling. It’s one of those rare books that even though it’s about a world completely different than your own, it leaves you with a bit of hope that one day it’ll all get better. I was a little shocked when I started this series. I’m a huge fan of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series and when I started this, I was expecting something along the same lines, sarcastic, witty, high school drama with heart. And even though Melody does remind me a bit of Jessica Darling, that is the only real similarity between the two series’.
Thumped picks up eight months after where Bumped left off. Harmony is determined to stay in Goodside and raise the twins with Ram in the same manner she was raised. Melody is on the outside, faking the most famous pregg in history. Jondoe got her a billion dollar belly that realistically simulates a pregnancy. It is realistic enough that when someone touches her fake belly, it starts to move and kick. The only people who know she’s mocked up is Zen, Jondoe, Harmony, and Ram. Melody and Zen are planning a revolution of sorts to be kicked off as soon as Harmony delivers. They are going to fight the government’s rules that abolished condoms and pushes teens to bump in order to keep the planet populated. They both realize that it has been taken too far when 12 year olds are pregnant and nearly die in childbirth but no one really cares. This world is so amazing and different. I can easily see the government taking over and doing this exact thing if there was a virus that eliminates the ability to reproduce after teenage years.
I was completely enthralled by this series. It didn’t end quite the way I expected it to, but it was perfect all the same. I am really having a difficult time expressing my feelings about this novel and reviewing it, so I’ll just say this, if you like dystopian novels and wanna read something completely unique, give this series a try.