By Megan McCafferty

A virus has swept the area, making every body over the age of eighteen infertile. young children at the moment are the main prized individuals of society, and would-be mom and dad desperately bid for "conception contracts" with the prettiest, healthiest, and smartest girls—cash, university institution, and liposuction in trade for a baby.

Sixteen-year-old Melody has scored a record-breaking agreement with a wealthy couple. And she's been matched with one of many most well liked "bumping" companions within the world—the genetically perfect Jondoe.

But her good fortune is ready to run out.

She discovers she has a sister—an exact dual. concord has grown up in a strict spiritual group and believes her calling is to save lots of Melody from her sinful intentions. All Melody desires is to fulfill Jondoe and seal the deal—but while a case of incorrect id destroys everyone's rigorously laid plans, Melody and concord observe they've got even more than DNA in common.

Sharp, humorous, and thought-provoking, this futuristic tackle teenager being pregnant is compellingly readable and scarily believable.

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Waaaait. That’s no longer a FunBump she’s donning? Freya isn't an afternoon older than 11. Has she even misplaced all her first the teeth? She can’t fill a coaching bra! And a person with eyes can see that she doesn’t have enough hip width. There’s no method she’s pushing it out. They’ll need to lower and pull. “Wah,” whines the lady, performing every piece the child she is. Ms. Lutz-Lewis has her via a bony elbow and attempts to lead her again to her room. “When’s this factor gonna be borned? ” Freya hollers. “Borning is soooooo uninteresting! ” “Now, now. With an angle like that, you’ll by no means win the FedEx ‘We stay to carry’ Scholarship. . . . ” GAAAAAH! She hasn’t graduated from trouble-free college but! She shouldn’t be caring approximately collage scholarships! specially person who calls for her to pregg each calendar 12 months among now and obsolescence! I don’t even have to ask who positioned her as much as it simply because i do know the reply all too good: her mom and dad. There are the explanation why advertisement pregging is prohibited below the age of 13. Who did this woman bump with? Her boyfriend? I’ve examine so-called preemie pregging within the 3rd international, yet it’s no longer anything you notice in suburbs like Princeton, the place it’s a really, very down-market factor to do. because it used to be down-market at my university for somebody at any age to pregg for revenue. until eventually I signed on with Lib. and everybody attempted to persist with. And in the event that they couldn’t get a deal like mine, they was hoping to head from beginner to seasoned. similar to Shoko. Is Freya the longer term? Will there be a time the place there'll be no such factor as too younger to pregg? Zen swears that the chinese language are plumping their newborns with an analogous hypergrowth hormones that could flip an egg right into a bucket of fried bird in fourteen days (growth hormones being a subject matter of significant curiosity to him, for visible reasons). “I’m so bored,” the woman whines. “And my tummy hurts. ” I’m ailing to my belly. And it’s no longer sympathetic exertions pains. “Oh! In all this commotion I approximately forgot to inform you! ” Ms. Lutz-Lewis calls out. “Miss Weiss is prepared for viewers now! ” I’m now not prepared for her. “A dual. ” Jondoe laughs uneasily, looking my face to discover a hint of humor or the rest that might clarify why I simply acknowledged what I acknowledged. “She’s Melody and—” He places a finger to my lips to hush me up. “Shhhh. we're so alike. It’s like you’re the woman model of me. ” “I am? ” “I’m vibing on every thing you’re asserting correct now,” he says. “I’ve spent loads of time at the therapist’s sofa, so i am getting it, the complete dual factor. You awakened this morning feeling accountable approximately every little thing we did final evening. ” An angelic smile takes to the air throughout his lips. “Actually, I don’t suppose guil—” He retains speaking. “You created a dual self to symbolize the contradictory components of your psyche, your soul—” “What? ” I in truth do not know what he’s speaking approximately. by way of the unguarded glance in his eyes, i do know he's completely confident that what he's announcing is the irrefutable fact. “You have hassle reconciling the twin components of your character. ” He brushes his lips opposed to my neck. “The half that desires to be prayerful and natural, and the opposite half that wishes to adventure extra .

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