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Review: The Farm by Emily McKay

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The Farm
Author: Emily McKay 
Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
The Farm #1
ISBN: #978-0425257807
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Format(s): Paperback (420 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      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…

What G & U are talking about:

      The Farm is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic young adult series.  From the first page, you will be drawn into the plight of Lily and her sister, Mel.  However, do not base your opinion on the book blurb above…there is so much more to The Farm than it suggests.  This is a young adult novel for the more mature teen, high school age or older.  There are some serious topics discussed and some violence.
      The world as we know ended six months prior to the beginning of The Farm, a time conveniently referred to as “Before”.  A pathogen was accidentally released, causing some humans to become mindless blood craving beasts: Ticks.  To protect the last vestiges of humanity, teenagers were gathered up and placed on “farms” for their protection.  However, all is not what it seems.  There is so much more going on than what Lily can fathom.
      Although told from predominately Lily’s point of view, The Farm also gives the point of view of Mel (which is quite fascinating) and Carter – Lily’s crush from Before.  Lily and Mel are identical twin sisters except that Mel has autism.  Not only does it make Mel extraordinarily unique, it also means that Lily is her sole provider and protector in this different world.  In many ways you wonder if they aren’t truly trying to protect each other and provide for each other.
      The plot moves slowly and simply.  However, it does not move in directions you expect.  Truly, The Farm is a gripping read.  Despite being a 400+ book, it is a really fast read.  So much occurs, so much tension and anticipation that it just steams off the page, immobilizing you and forcing you to keep reading.
      Gikany and Una realize that we are being fairly vague in this review, but it is only because we do not wish to give anything away.  The Farm is a fantastic new series and we cannot wait to read the next book.  We are on the edge of our seats…waiting to know what happens next from the bombshell we were left with.
      If you are looking for an enthralling and fascinating new vampire post-apocalyptic series, look no farther.  Pick up The Farm and see if you don’t get caught up in trying to elude the Ticks…and other predators and still escape the Farm.

Their Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
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The Farm
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