Review:The Farm by Emily McKay

Title:The Farm
Author:Emily McKay
Series:The Farm #1
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: YA
Rating: 4 Hoots
Buy From: Amazon / B&N

Sum It Up!
dark, edgy, and filled with twists to keep readers hooked

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... (Goodreads)
The Farm is an excellent book— dark, edgy, and filled with twists to keep readers hooked. I’m a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa, and even though I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but The Farm rivals her new series, The Immortals Rules. Shocking, I know! But that is how great this book is.
Lily’s character is very realistic. Since the ticks have forced its youth into blood bank farms across the nation, Lily’s main goal is to escape with her autistic sister, Mel. But someone from her past crashes her plans. Carter, in all his beautiful glory is back, but trust isn’t something Lily can afford—not since the Before. Carter’s goal is to persuade Lily to leave with him and his boss—easier said than done.
Lily soon learns why Carter wants her and her sister to leave with him, but she doesn’t accept his explanation. Ticks aren’t real vampires, but a scientific experiment gone wrong—dead wrong. But now Carter is telling Lily that vampires are real, and his boss is one of them. And he was right. Now Lily is forced to trust Carter and flee with Mel before it’s too late and they all die.
There are three POV (points of views), Lily, Mel, and Carter—though Lily’s POV is more prevalent throughout the story. I love reading books with different POV’s! Thanks, McKay. I’m dying to read the next book, given the dreadful cliffhanger at the end—thanks (not so much)! I love a good suspense, but I have to say, I’m really irritated that I have to wait for the next book to come out. Hurry up McKay and write!

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