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.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.
This book was interesting. I liked it okay, but didn’t love it. The world was really interesting and well built. There were times that the slang was a little confusing and excessive, but I got used to it.
Harmony was interesting. At times I thought she wasn’t right in the head, but I guess she was just supposed to be naive. I wanted to know more of her backstory, but I guess that’s what the rest of the books in the series are for. :)
Melody was pretty judgemental, but I did like her. I liked that she did seem to change for the better as the book went on and started to think for herself.
This was my first Megan McCafferty book. I’ll definitely keep reading this series and want to go back and read the Jessica Darling series since everyone seems to love them!
Read as part of the 2011 YA Author Debut Challenge.