When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until 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 religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her 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.
In a world where infertility is a disease that occurs when one turns 18. With the population declining, teenagers have become the most important people. People would pay good money for good surrogates, so teenagers are being represented and search for contracts.
Melody is one of those girls. She has been prepared for this ever since she was young, and her file is nearly flawless so she should get only the best prospect. There is only one small flaw and that is her identical twin sister Harmony. When Harmony comes from the church culture of Goodside to find Melody to persuade her that "pregging" for profit is a sin and Melody is paired up to "bump" the famous Jondoe, a case of mistaken identity causes both girls to think about what they want. Is what they've been taught and prepared for all their lives really what they want?
This story was interesting and I'm torn between loving and hating it all at the same time. Okay, let's get the bad out of the way first. The story was intriguing, but the one thing that did catch me up was the amount of foreign slang. I understand that it's a dystopian future, but if I have to think about the word and try to work out the meaning it's actually pulling me out of the story. The other bad thing was that at times Harmony's side could be a bit preachy about marriage before sex, but I don't think that could have been helped much.
But, this novel has a lot of things you've got to love. There are the characters. All of them are fleshed out and easily to relate to. The twins have exact opposite personalities even though they are identical. Zen is so adorable, he's always there for Melody even though he knows that she's going to be paired to someone else to be "bumped" with.
The story was interesting and I just had to keep reading. It's a fully realised dystopian world and the story of the two sisters is well weaved. It's a page-turner as each chapter alternates between Melody and Harmony and the reader follows them through the story of desire, mistaken identity and self-discovery.
I look forward to when the next one comes out.
Release Date: April 26th 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: #7 of 20
2011 YA Reading Challenge: #13 of 50