Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #11)
- Pub. Date: May 2011
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Hardcover , 336pp
- Sales Rank: 4
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.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. 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.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
What happens when a virus strikes causing infertility in the adults of the world? That is what Bumped is all about. How the teens of the world are encouraged to engage in unprotected sex in order to have babies all for the highest bidder. Contracts, Agents, Money, Car, getting into the best colleges are all up for grabs for the best girls who are willing to carry a child for 9 months and never even see it. Melody has been in contact with a couple for over 2 years waiting for the perfect male in order to complete her contact, but she has a secret, she has a twin, Harmony, who has visited out of the blue. Harmony intercepts the MiVu intended for Melody and impersonates her twin in order to meet the man she has dreamed of as Jesus for years, even though this is the teen that Melody is to bump with in order to get pregg. What happens from here is hard for everyone.
This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I expected for this book to be heavy and a difficult read about teen pregnancy and expectations. Instead it was laugh out loud funny. It was a quick easy read but did demonstrate that teen pregnancy is not all good as the media seems to make it with shows like Teen Mom ect. I enjoyed the read and am looking forward to more books from Megan McCafferty. The one thing I wish had been better defined is all of the slang in the book, it did take quite a while to pick up on what all of the terms meant.
3 of 5 stars