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...
Series: The Farm #1
Read for BookClub (Paperback)
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!