[Caveat: I’m trying to make good on my New Year’s Resolution and get caught up to speed on this blog. That means I’m writing about books I read months ago, my memory might be spotty, and I’m just going to jot down a few sentences.]
This was a favorite last year. What at first seemed like a preposterous premise sadly seemed ultimately pretty realistic. In a world (go ahead, say it in the movie preview guy’s voice) In a world where a virus means that only teenagers are fertile, the population’s continuation is dependent on pregnant teenagers. Teens are split into two groups-those who are amateurs and those who go pro. If you go pro you you sell a future pregnancy to the higher bidder. Amateurs just get knocked up and sell their babies. Girls constantly talk about being pregnant and because they save themselves for a sale they do “everything but” with their boyfriends. Aside from some slightly irritating future type speak, I really liked this and thought it was funny, while also being uncomfortably believable. The one flaw in it to me was this–it’s set in the future, it’s high tech enough that people have computers in their heads (basically) and yet….. when a prospective couple chooses the surrogate the man actually has to have sex with her. Really? Why aren’t the girls just selling their eggs and everyone having babies via in vitro?
huh-just reviewing the goodreads summary and it’s funny that I didn’t remember a pivotal part of the story–the main character’s twin coming to visit and is part of a cult-y group that does not believe in the girls being pregnant.
Anyway, good premise, I enjoyed it, don’t think it really needs to be #1 in a series, though.