Bumped by Megan McCafferty
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.
This story felt a little been there, done that. Yet another tale of a future where young girls have a horrible fate in store for them when they grow up. Instead of dying at a young age, they simply become infertile. What exactly does the future have against teenage girls?
Despite the feeling of deja vu, I did like the story. Melody and Harmony are twins who were separated at birth; Melody to be raised to become the perfect surrogate and Harmony to be a wife and mother on a religious compound. Neither one is happy, but they aren't quite sure what they actually want.
The chapters alternated between the two girls, but were clearly labeled so there was no confusion over which twin was narrating. Of the two, I found myself liking Melody a little more, as Harmony seemed to act out of character with little provocation. And I didn't really buy the ending.
Gave this one a 3/5 as it was a likable read, but I didn't love it. I really liked some of the details, such as internet access via contact lenses and an earpiece. How cool would that be? If you read this one, am curious what you thought of it. And are you as tired as I am of the dreary future for teenagers trend in YA?
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