Saturday, December 22, 2012
7:30 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Title: The Farm
Author: Emily McKay
Source: Publisher for review
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: December 4, 2012
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...
The Farm is one of those books that has the ability to instantly grab your attention. Even better, The Farm is one of those that also keeps your attention throughout the entire book.
I instantly fell in love with Lily. I loved how Lily fought to protect Mel. Lily is one of those fierce heroines that is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. While treading the fine line between right and wrong, Lily desperately struggles to devise a plan to get her and Mel off of the farm before their eighteenth birthday. Lily’s story is one of perseverance and discovery. Lily knows that she wants to be on the good guy’s side but soon realizes that if push came to shove, she would do just about anything to get her and Mel safely off the farm.
As much as I loved Lily, I must admit Mel was the character that really intrigued me. Her chapters were brief but were filled with interesting insight. Though on the surface her chapters may seem like rambling nonsense if you look closely you will find that Mel knows a lot more than people give her credit for. She understands what Lily is trying to do and can see the holes in her plan. Unfortunately, Mel lacks the ability to tell Lily in a way she would understand.
Carter’s chapters were great at letting you see the bigger picture. You know from the get go that Carter didn’t just happen upon Lily and Mel. It’s obvious that he’s a man on a mission and that he is working for the greater good. Carter did confuse me at times. I struggled with figuring out whether or not he really cared about Lily. And honestly, after the end of the book I’m still not sure.
The plot is interesting and fast paced. There are vampires and zombies! Yay zombies! Unless, of course, you are one of those poor souls trying to not get your life sucked away by one! And there is also the whole mission of trying to save the world from the zombie apocalypse.
The only compliant I have about The Farm is the weird dialect created by the people there. A lot of books have does this (The Maze Runner, The Forsaken, ect) and each time it bothers me. This time it did bother me less but still I could have done without the Greens, Collabs, and Breeders. Some new words is cool with me, but I just think some authors take it slightly overboard.
One part of the ending I guessed while the other left me shocked. I am very interested in seeing what happens next and can’t wait to read The Liar! The Farm is a book that vampire lovers in general and fans of The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa in particular will instantly be devouring!
A special thanks to the publisher for donating the copy for giveaway!
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