Author: Emily McKay
Publish Date: December 4th, 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 by Emily McKay is one of those books that drags you in and doesn't let up until the last page. There's action, romance, zombie-esque vampire creatures, and full-on vampires who are scary smart. Some of the scary smart vampires also happen to have an amazing sarcastic streak that will make you fall head over heels for him even though he'd basically rip you in half in a heart beat. Yeah. Maybe I'm the only one who would fall for that guy... Oh well!
The Farm was told between three separate points of view. Lily, a girl who is desperate to save her sister from a life as a blood bag to the Ticks, Mel, the autistic sister who is much more in tune to what's going on then Lily gives her credit for, and Carter, Lily's bad-boy crush from the Before who happens to show up with promises of escape. At first, when I realized that each POV was written in a different tense I feared it would make reading choppy, but by the second time the characters were popping up I had already learned the tone of their voices. Even if the chapters weren't labeled by character I'd still be able to tell who was narrating.
Oh, for once, a love interest who actually thinks the heroine is kick-ass instead of just a damsel in distress! Actually his exact description if her is, "...you're kick-ass. You can build bombs and beat the crap out of a guy." (page 185) Yes! Carter is not only tough as nails and swoony, but he's actually supportive. Plus the whole mysterious thing doesn't hurt his case either.
The romance, believe it or not, reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice. One side of the relationship claiming to have fallen in love despite their original disinterest. And, well, any romance that reminds me of Elizabeth and Darcy just can't go wrong in my book. In fact, there's like an entire scene that's basically... well, THE SCENE. You know, the one with the fighting and the emotions and me getting all worked up and almost crying every time I read it. Yeah. That scene. So, to say I loved Carter and Lily's romance isn't nearly enough. I adored it.
But the best part was that the romance wasn't played up. It was always there, fluttering around behind the scenes, laced between the lines, but not overwhelming the rest of the story. The Ticks and the evil things that happened because of them were always the main focus of The Farm and I appreciated the romance all the more for it.
If you're a lover of vampire books, the real kind, not the sparkly, animal eating kind, than The Farm is for you. It can be gruesome at times, sweet at others, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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