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 th . The latest Tweets from Megan McCafferty (@meganmccafferty). with such a CRAZY idea for BUMPED/THUMPED: All of this is already happening somewhere. Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series of books are must-read teen dystopian fiction , along with Ally Condie’s Matched series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Thumped by Megan McCafferty. And now their story has espoal irresistible: 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: But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions mccqfferty Thumpedplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 07, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: The mevan thing about Thumped — a story told about a futuristic dystopia gumped 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 meban 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 BumpedI didn’t spend much time caring about them in Buped. That’s a point of the book, not a point of weak writing. I found the conclusions drawn in this book satisfying and relevant.
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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: 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. Jun 26, Angela marked it as to-read. 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: 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? Esaol for something just a little different and entertaining, Bumped and Thumped are nice picks.
May 07, Amy rated it really liked it.
How dare you end this two-book series now? I demand that you write a third.
Thumped picks up eight and a half months after Bumped ended. Harmony has returned to Goodside, the religious compound that mccafefrty called home prior to decamping to Otherside to find her identical twin sister, Melody. Harmony didn’t leave alone, however; she is pregnant with twin girls.
Babies show up on an ultrasound, even though Melody isn’t pregnant. With me so far? It really isn’t as confusing as it sounds.
Thumped (Bumped, #2) by Megan McCafferty
Also along is Zen, Melody’s soulmate, who wants to wage war against in what he calls The Mission: They are both virgins, in Melody’s case not for a lack of trying and heavy marketing of her womb, and Zen more due to a dogged determination that his sperm not be used against him.
The message of Thumped echoes that of Bumped. We are in danger of living in a world where teen pregnancy, which already elevates some girls to celebrity status, will consume us to the point that we, like Melody’s parents, Ash and Ty, are willing to whore out our children to procreate. As Melody observes, Our whole world has gone That’s what we’re dealing with here.
Not bumps or pregs or deliveries. Or whatever other euphemism you want to use to distance yourself from the truth. And we’re having meaningless sex to do it!
And yet we pretend like it’s no big deal. We pretend we aren’t in the business of buying and selling human beings. Part of Melody’s enlightenment as to the terrible nature of “pregging” is due to the Jaydens, the couple paying for the twins she supposedly is carrying. Melody is drawn to them.