Publisher: Balzer + Bray
*ARC provided by the publisher*
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 I thought:
I was really intrigued by the intro on this. The author talked about what influenced her to write this book. Mostly MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant and shows just like it. It was really interesting to see what inspired her and to see what was the result of it.
This was really hard to get through the switching narrations at first, but after the fourth or fifth time that the narrations switched and I was able to really tell the difference between one sister and the other, it was easy and flowed well. It also put both lives into prospective a lot better. I had a different idea of what the story would be like going in based on the description but I'm very pleased with how it all turned out.
The twins themselves, while identical, were almost complete opposites. I loved how their identities weren't lost in the middle somehow and that they weren't exactly alike. While it isn't a governed society where every part of their lives are controlled, we see other effects of the virus. Parents grooming their children to 'bump' at an early age, to sell their eggs and to reap the rewards. Throw in a set of twins, each with different ideas of their duties for society, and it makes for a very entertaining novel.
I love how authors can take an issue with today's society and create such strong and scary stories with them. This is definitely a must read.