|One more? [Goodreads]|
It's refreshing that a book doesn't come in a trilogy or quartet but at the same time, I always want more from Megan that I don't mind if the series go on forever. Alas, she is the queen of restraint (check out Perfect Fifths), and we only get this, so it's a good thing she made me enjoy it. A lot.
And so we say hello again (and goodbye, as well) to Melody and Harmony and Jondoe and Ram and the crazy but freakily real universe she created for us.
It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can "bump," or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.I'll admit I don't remember half of what happened in book one, and as I was reading the teaser, I found myself asking, "what the hell happened again?" but then as I kept reading, McCafferty had a way of reminding me of everything that happened without having to do a formal recap. I appreciate the thoughtfulness to new readers (or forgetful readers, like me).
Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can't seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.
To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.
Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their "Double Double Due Date." Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:
Tell the truth. [Amazon]
It still makes me laugh how the premise of this book is so far-fetched and yet still so grounded in reality. It's amazing how despite the ludicrousness of it all, somehow, I really believe that this all can be real. All of McCafferty's inventions (MiVu and all her other terms) still impress me with her genius.
I really felt for Harmony being trapped in Goodside with Ram (whom I still wasn't all that for) but it gave me little satisfaction to know that she was able to rebel in her own way (cutting her hair, sneaking out) and finally just breaking out of Gooodside with the help of Jondoe.
I grew to really like Jondoe for more than his physical and genetic perfection! He really is a dreamy guy who wants to do good and it was such a dichotomy to see him be the ultimate catch for pro-preggers but have beliefs that are so off-strat with his image. It was such a nice treat to have Harmony find someone like him.
Then of course, there's Melody who's been pretending she's bumped with Jondoe and is (not-so) secretly pining for her best friend, Zen. I can't for the life of me imagine how Zen looks in my head, but I'm imagining an unconventional kind of cute. I also imagine Venture Vida as a bimbo but I could be wrong.
Melody is just so desperately in love with him and so deluded into thinking their plan could work that she really doesn't get to process the consequences of her actions. She's kind of lucky to have gotten off the hook that easily but I guess she was dealing with so much already one couldn't really blame her for her actions.
I was actually pretty stumped on how they'd resolve this all but it was nice to see how they tied everything up nicely. I like how things ended well for everyone (though a little too well perhaps), and how they all sort of got their happy ending.
And yes, I wish for a threequel but McCafferty summed it up pretty well and really didn't leave much room for more -- unless they Breaking Dawn it up. In the end, though I still prefer Jess Darling and her gang, this was a fun and entertaining read from Miss McCafferty. Here's to hoping we get more out of her (and soon).
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