Monday, June 17, 2013

The Farm by Emily McKay Review

The Farm (The Farm, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: Won
First book in The Farm series
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...

This book shocked me. I wasn't expecting it to be so amazing! It's been awhile since I've read a book quite like this. I think it's safe to say I loved it with all my heart. 

This tells the story of Lilly and Mel. Mel is severely autistic but notices things most wouldn't. Lilly has been taking care of the two or them forever. She's trying to find a way off the farm. With the help of an unexpected ally, they escape the farm but end up running for their lives. 

Lilly was such a badass. I adored her. She was so incredibly strong and brave. She was so caring. It was so easy to connect with her. I can't wait to continue her story. Mel was a great character as well. I loved how unique she was. It did take some getting used to her voice though. Charter is a boy after my own heart. He too is totally badass. But he's also really sweet and loving. There characters were pretty fabulous and I can't wait to see more of them. 

I think this has a super unique storyline. It has vampires and kids on the run with lots of action and suspense. It was super easy to get into the story. It took me no time at all to fall in love with the characters. Overall I think it's safe to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed the story. U can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. If you like a good vampire story with a twist, this is perfect for you. 


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