Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.
Thumped is the sequel to Bumped by author Megan McCafferty.
THE CONCLUSION TO ONE OF THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT NOVELS OF LAST YEAR
It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. 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. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.
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.
The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:
Tell the truth.
Melody seems to have everything she ever wanted – a relationship with the most famous ReProductive Professional on earth and one of the best Surrogette contracts she could have ever hoped for.
Fame and fortune, Melody seems to have it all. She is a marketer’s dream. She has her own brand. She has her own fragrance. Her fan base is enormous. Everyone wants to know about her. The cheerclones want to be her.
And as one half of the Hotties with a Double Double Due Date or D4, she and Harmony are what everyone is talking about on the MiNet.
Even the stock market is betting on her and Harmony’s delivery dates. Identical twins bumped with twins due on the same day. What could be more exciting?
Even Harmony seems to have it all. Back in Goodside with Ram, her popularity has brought more money into the community. Her fame has allowed her to spread the word of her community to a wider audience.
Everything seems to be perfect. And it would be if it weren’t all a lie.
Thumped is the compelling, witty and utterly engaging follow-up to Bumped, a story set in a dark and disturbing future where getting bumped at a young age is essential to human survival. Alternating between the dual perspectives of Harmony and Melody, this sequel brings this shocking, exciting and thought-provoking series to its bittersweet end.
Picking up months after the first book’s conclusion, both Harmony and Melody are now famous. While Harmony has returned to Goodside and to Ram, Melody is still in Otherside promoting her brand and trying to maintain contact with her sister.
But while to the rest of the world everything seems perfect, not everything is as it seems. And Harmony and Melody may not be able to keep up the fake image they are showing the world or the lies that they are telling themselves for much longer.
Fast-paced and humor-filled, Thumped answers the question of what is the truth – the truth about Jondoe’s feelings, the truth about Ram and the truth about Melody’s motives. This immensely entertaining story, that is light on the surface with a dark premise beneath, will keep readers engaged as all is revealed and everything comes together at the end.
Both Melody and Harmony grow as characters in this sequel. They discover their own strengths and weaknesses and find their own voice in a society where marketers, advertisers and community leaders would dictate otherwise. Deviating from what’s expected of them and figuring out for themselves what is best for them makes them incredibly likable and relatable protagonists.
Author Megan McCafferty has written an exceptionally unique series with Bumped and Thumped, which tackles sensitive and potentially controversial subjects – promoting teen pregnancy, promiscuity and procreating for money. Her futuristic society is disturbing yet scarily realistic. And the issues she addresses – just what will our society do to ensure its survival and just how will people react and fight back – offer readers much to think about.
Thumped is a captivating must-read conclusion to this series for fans of the first book looking for answers. And this series is a must for readers looking for a surprisingly different peek at a very real dystopian future where marketing and advertising play a key role in the survival of the human race.
Review gives this book…
On a personal note:
After the wildly differing opinions about the first book in this series, Bumped, I wasn’t sure if there would be a sequel. But I’m so glad there was. It tied up all the loose ends and answered all those questions I had. About Melody. About Harmony. And about Jondoe.
I absolutely adored Thumped. This was such a super quick read, and I totally devoured it in one sitting. But just like with Bumped, this wasn’t simply a light and fluffy book. Those very real and disturbing issues that were presented in that first book were addressed in this follow-up and a few new issues were introduced. Though the sequel felt a bit more mild, less weighty.
The propaganda machine wasn’t out in full force like it was in Bumped. The shocking lingo wasn’t utilized quite as much. It was as if all that glamour was stripped away. Perhaps this was because Melody wasn’t blindly going along with things anymore. Neither was Harmony. But I missed that extra kick the first book had.
Much of Thumped was about the characters’ storylines that were left hanging. I loved getting back into their lives, seeing where they were just about eight-and-a-half months later. I loved getting an answer to the question as to whether Jondoe was “for serious” or not.
And I loved finding out just what happened with Melody, Harmony, Zen and Ram. I just wish a bit more time was spent, like it was in the first book, tackling those heavier issues.
In Bumped the messages were delivered in a much more subtle way throughout the story. The book really made me think. In Thumped, the messages were spelled out in a much more obvious way and their delivery felt a bit rushed at the end. It was still thought-provoking, but I didn’t have to dig quite as deeply to uncover any hidden meaning.
But, rushed or not, the ideas in this book, and this series, were chilling, fascinating, meaningful and important. And It was still every bit the super scary future that was introduced in Bumped. Things did not magically improve overnight. There was no perfectly packaged ending. It felt very real and very believable. And I absolutely loved it.
While the ending does tie up the loose ends, there are still so many possibilities left open for the characters’ futures. But it doesn’t feel incomplete. Though it was most definitely bittersweet. And my heart ached just a bit at the end.
And while it was the story and the ideas that kept me intrigued in the first book, it was the characters – Melody and Harmony – that I was captivated by in Thumped. They were both strong in their own ways. And smart and brave and true to who they were. They were both independent thinkers and I loved them for it.
I definitely plan on reading both books in this series again back-to-back to experience the story as if it were one read and to see just how things changed from one book to the next.
I found this series to be incredibly thought-provoking, but presented in a way that was unique, fun and full of humor.
I have a favorite passage, but because it’s at the end of the book, it is a spoiler. So, I wasn’t sure whether to go with the humorous one about Muggle Quidditch or the more profound one…. I chose profound.
As I lie down on the bed, I pay no mind to the emancipated braid as it falls off the edge and onto the floor. It’s already too late to stop the loose end from unraveling.
If you’d like to check out my review of the first book in the series, Bumped, click here.
To take a long look inside Thumped courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins, CLICK HERE.
This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.