Review: The Farm by Emily McKay + Q&A

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The Farm by Emily McKay

4 Stars

No lie, just the title alone and that cover image both intrigued me and scared me a little bit. I HAD to read this book!

As you can read from the synopsis, the world of The Farm is one terrifying place. The constant danger and imprisonment would completely break me down. I wouldn’t be able to survive, I can guarantee you this. The stakes and the tension in this book just keep rising and rising with each page. It really was hard to put down once it hits its stride. The first couple of chapters were a little slow, so don’t get discouraged because you’re going to be in for one hell of a ride.

While the story itself is very exciting, what really won me over were the characters. Both Lily and Mel had admirable characteristics. Both so different, yet the same, as only twins can be. I loved how they came first to each other, above everything else. While Lily was the tough one, Mel was the strong one, and I loved that. And Carter…oh, Carter. He was also one tough cookie, with his hidden agenda and all. I wanted to shake him a lot of the times. I did appreciate the fact that Emily McKay made him such a believable guy because only real guys would think and say the things he did at times, lol. I am also SO completely intrigued by Sebastian’s character. I have a feeling that he is going to surprise me in the next book…

Lily and Mel are both very important to Carter and Sebastian’s agenda, but I’m still not sure how it’s all going to work. Especially after that ending! It’s going to be really interesting to see if the most affected character, in the end, will change in the next book. Fans of dark, post-apocalyptic worlds will devour this book. I, for one, am dying to continue this series!

Book Info

The Farm by Emily McKay
Series: The Farm #1
Published by Berkley TradePenguin
Pub Date: December 4th 2012
Pages: 420
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Post ApocalypticYoung Adult
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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…


Q&A with Emily McKay

How were you able to make Lily such a relatable character to teen girls, when she is living in such different circumstances?

I think Lily is every girl. She does what she does because she has to. I think that is a uniquely female perspective and one that girls and women around the world face every day.


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Jess @ Gone with the Words

19 Responses to “Review: The Farm by Emily McKay + Q&A”

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    Amber (Books of Amber)

    I’ve been seeing this one around everywhere lately. It sounds a lot like other vampire/dystopian books, but I’m still excited to read it nevertheless. I have a feeling I’m going to love Sebastian!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I thought it was original for the most part, but then again, I haven’t read many vampire post-apocalyptic books, lol. Sebastian was def intriguing! :D

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Bahaha, yeah, I’d probably find a hidden corner somewhere and read too. :)

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    I picked this up at BEA and I am super curious about it. I’m happy to hear the characters are well written because that always makes or breaks a novel for me

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    I’d like to think I’d survive… but I highly doubt it. Love vampire books and this one definitely sounds like one I need to read!

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    I got this book at BEA but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Even though I’ve been curious about it, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read about vampires (I’m a little over that topic haha). But your positive review makes me want to give it a try :)

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    I think I’d toughen up really fast and hope I could make it. Thanks! Excited to read this!

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    I loved this book! And I know what you mean about Sebastian. I can’t help but feel a connection between him and the demonic Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). Scary…

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