Review: The Farm (The Farm #1) by Emily McKay #BookClubRead

Posted April 22, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 19 Comments

Review: The Farm (The Farm #1) by Emily McKay #BookClubReadSource: BookClub Purchase, Physical Book Purchase

Format: Paperback

The Farm by Emily McKay

Date Read: April 2013

Genre: Dystopian, YA

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

More Information:
Publisher: Berkley
Series: The Farm #1

My Thoughts

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Read from April 01 to 06, 2013

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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

First Thought When Finished: Holy crap y’all there was no Love Triangle and very little angst! That scores an auto 4 from me in the YA world! I reward good behavior.

Story Thoughts: I have to admit that parts of The Farm reminded me of The Hunt. However, that was just in tone not really in the story. I think The Farm succeeded in pulling me into the story with the really unique characters. I did wonder why all the parents would just give up all their kids. Even if the government was saying too, I have to imagine that some would fight back? They might have but we didn’t really see it. I am hoping that this is addressed in book 2! That was really the only YA cliché I saw in The Farm.

Character Thoughts: I love that there were a wide array of characters/character types in The Farm. Each was different and yet they all worked together quit well. The end left me wondering where one of the characters was going to go personality wise but I will be picking up book 2 for this reason. I love when there are unusual character types and they aren’t relegated to secondary roles. Well done Emily, well done!

Final Thoughts: I am not a huge YA reader but this series will stay on my Radar! I am curious to see where it goes from here!


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19 responses to “Review: The Farm (The Farm #1) by Emily McKay #BookClubRead

  1. I’m not going to lie, I read the first sentence of your review and went straight to my library to see if I could find it. No love triangle? Little angst? That’s all I need to know. Lol. The rest of the review was just icing on the cake.

  2. Oh wow no love triangle!! I got this a few months ago from the pub and shelved it, YA and me are on a picky road right now, but if you liked it Ill have to check this out!!

    and ps @Missie- you DNF’d the hunt!!!! FOR SHAME!!!!

    • I really liked it! It was darker than most YA (that was the part that reminded me of The Hunt) and mostly read like the Jonathan Mayberry books do. In other words, technically YA but more mature (not in a content type of way).

  3. I know what you mean about YA. I am burned out on it lately. I know my friend Maja really liked this one. Maybe Is should consider it for October. It doesn’t have a love triangle and I didn’t see cliffhanger in the review. It sounds down right creepy. I always enjoy dystopians with a controlling big brother government, Who knows why! *Shrugs* Welcome back! Huggles!

    • It has a slight cliffhanger but to me it was more like propelling into the next leg of the story instead of “OMG what happens next”. I thought for end of the books it was well done.

      This one does have the “gov” running things and not in a pleasant way LOL

      Thanks 🙂

  4. You have sold me on this! (Actually, just you liking a YA book is pretty much enough to sell me.)I’ve already added it to my book recommendation list. 🙂

  5. Missie

    “I reward good behavior.” <– Haha! Yes, I believe in rewarding good behavior too. Glad to know that this one had a variety of well fleshed out characters. And though the no parents thing sounds a bit too convenient, I still want to check this one out. I'm a little worried though because The Hunt was a DNF for me. hmmmmmm….

    • I think you will like this one more. I think I can figure out why The Hunt was a DNF for you and this isn’t like that. It is dark but the story compells forward pretty quickly. Plus, the unusual characters make it more than one dimensional (which I think The Hunt suffered with till the last 1/4)

  6. Rewarding good behavior promotes more of the same — no love triangle and minimal angst DEFINITELY needs reward. I liked this book SO much more than I expected! And can’t wait to see where this series goes.