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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Thumped by Megan McCafferty. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!
Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.
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To ask other readers questions about Thumped , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Thumped Bumped, 2. Apr 07, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: ya-fiction , read-in The scariest thing about Thumped -- a story told about a futuristic dystopia where teen girls have their bodies sold for reproductive purposes -- is how eerily similar it is to our own world right now.
Before saying a whole lot more, I'll say it's absolutely essential to read Bumped before diving into this one or it will make no sense at all. Af The scariest thing about Thumped -- a story told about a futuristic dystopia where teen girls have their bodies sold for reproductive purposes -- is how eerily similar it is to our own world right now.
After Bumped, Harmony returns to Goodside, a community where religious beliefs are law in order to maintain a sort of utopian world it's where she grew up and was comfortable but she's anything but happy here. More than that, though, she's due soon to give birth to twins.
Melody desperately wants Harmony back in her life, and she makes it her mission to rescue her. Melody's pregnant, too, with twins, and now the world waits eagerly for their Double Double Due Date. While important to the plot, the writing and story here are clunky, but in these moments, Harmony's voice and character shine through. Whereas the first installment in this series gives readers a sense of Melody and what the stakes are for her, this book homes in much more on Harmony.
I think for good reason, too. While there are a number of important male characters in the story ones that were especially influential in Bumped , I didn't spend much time caring about them in Thumped. That's a point of the book, not a point of weak writing. I found the conclusions drawn in this book satisfying and relevant. It's a world where females -- teen girls -- have lost rights to their own bodies.
It's a world where the government is so concerned about "taking care" of its citizens that it chooses the way one lives. Where people are so fanatical about making money, gaining fame, garnering status, that they overlook the fact every individual is entitled to do and act with their bodies and their lives as they wish to. That means if they don't want to be sold for procreation, they don't have to be. It means if a woman wants to breastfeed their children, she have the right to do that.
Thumped isn't the same as Bumped, in that the story is thinner and the world-building is tamer. It's still a satire, but not in the degree Bumped was.
Part of the payoff was seeing how Melody and Harmony came to find themselves as more than simply satire and more than simply products of their world. The reason it lacks in story is because it matters much less than their coming into themselves and their realization they're autonomous and freely independent beings who can act that way. More than that, though, the story aspect of the book was precisely what their government and their fans wanted them to tell. It was essential in Bumped but because Thumped turns the twins' worlds upside down, it was much more important for them to break free from the story they felt they had to tell and instead, tell the one they wanted to tell.
Melody sums it up really nicely: "I'm the only one who will take credit for my successes. And I'm the only one who will take the blame for my mistakes. From now on, I live for me. It wasn't a lazy book at all. View 1 comment. Jun 26, Angela marked it as to-read. I'm confused. How can Melody be pregnant if she never had sex with anybody..?
Am I missing something? View all 27 comments. Dec 28, Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-and-children , dystopia , own , speculative-fiction. I am honestly not sure why Bumped and Thumped haven't received more love from the YA community. I wish that they did; they offer something lighter, less romantic and certainly different from other dystopian novels on the market. Where most of these Wither, Matched, Legend, Divergent, and many more offer bleak, dramatic visions of the future where romance and hope should prevail through tragedy, Megan McCafferty works on similar ideas by way of the satire.
And it in my opinion works beautiful I am honestly not sure why Bumped and Thumped haven't received more love from the YA community. And it in my opinion works beautifully, offering a refreshing yet realistic take on a possible future. Thumped offered a really nice conclusion to Bumped. The story was entertaining enough, there was a bit of humor, and I remembered enough of the previous book's new words to be comfortable with them this time.
There's a great cast of secondary characters, some good and some less than good, and I love all the technologies and products appearing through the story.
There is something quite impressive about the future McCafferty has created, which seems to be both too crazy to be true, and entirely realistic. Melody's parents, for instance, were awful people, using their daughter for their own profit. I kept thinking, where do these parents come from? I can't imagine parents could do that to their own child! But then, I thought about it again, and I realized that yes, I could absolutely see it.
We see worse all the time on the news, so why not? And that's what satire is a little bit, isn't it? Taking a horrible truth, twisting it a little, and forcing you to think on what it hides, what it means. The book certainly opens many doors for discussions on sexuality, faith, free will, etc. There were a few things I liked less in the book. I found the girls to be a tad preachy, and not really likable. I also missed Zen as he was in the first book. I would say that Thumped really isn't a book for readers who want to relate to characters and live strong emotions through them; the book was, to me, more about the world it described and the ideas behind it.
I also felt that the "mission", the great plot around which the book is built, was a bit weak. Despite its flaws, Thumped was a fun book. It's short and could easily be read in one session. While it didn't make my heart beat a little faster of make me root for its characters, it certainly entertained me.
Is it for everyone? Probably not. But for something just a little different and entertaining, Bumped and Thumped are nice picks. May 07, Amy rated it really liked it. Oh, Megan McCafferty. How dare you end this two-book series now?
I demand that you write a third.
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Thanks to the Hunger Games , dystopian has become the new black in the young adult genre. I was a little hesitant to pick up your new novel because the premise — a society where teenage pregnancy is glorified thanks to a virus that makes everyone sterile past a certain age — could go either way. But I set aside my misgivings and decided to give the book a try anyway. I suppose all the very serious, grim dystopians out there failed to prepare me for Bumped.
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Title: Bumped. When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
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WHEN A VIRUS makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents must pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they search for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job. Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin.