The Farm (Farm #1) by Emily McKay
Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Berkley Trade
Source: Publisher for honest review
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
My Opinion: I liked this. Before I started reading I was looking at some of the reviews on goodreads and I saw a review that had a GIANT picture of a tick and I laughed a little. So thank you, Michelle the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead. Now on to my review. I liked this. I liked that the perspective changed between the different characters, it allowed us a glimpse of the whole picture not just one “view”. I kinda of wish that we got to see more of Mel and Carter’s perspectives so that we get to understand them more. I didn’t really like Lily that much, she was a know it all and she wanted others to know that she was smart, she was a little braggy and at times arrogant. I understand that this is a new world and that people are on “Farms” but from what Carter says, I think I can understand that she was like that even before the Outbreak, but still. The way she acted like the whole world was on her shoulders because she had to take care of Mel got on my nerves at times. And near the end she comes to some realizations that stun her and I’m glad they do because she has been blind basically throughout the whole book.
Now moving on to Carter. He is our resident “bad boy” in the book. He can fight and he protects Mel and Lily, mostly Lily because she is going to be someone important and not because he likes her. He keeps insisting on that, but no one can really believe him especially because of how he feels about her… and he keeps denying it because she has to do that important thing. Mel, she was my favorite. I have to say that she was the most believable character because even if she is autistic, she, I think, is the most well functioning there even if she can only communicate through nursery rhyme lyrics. She is the only able to notice important details, about the ticks, about Carter, Lily, Sebastian, and even the “traitors/betrayers.” She is also the one that figures out how they escape so … I say she is way smarter than Lily (who is supposed to be REALLY smart).
The plot consisted of multiple locations throughout the states. starting in Texas where their farm is located (where they should be able to find LOTS of guns, and yet they never look for them) and through the northern states as they try to make it to the Canadian border. We don’t really find out how the outbreak started only that Roberto wanted control. But what is really confusing to me is where are all the adults throughout the book. The farms only contain teenagers and when they leave the farm, there is no one, but its only been 6 months or so since the out break started… Anyways, throughout the book, they fight “Ticks” (vampire monster mutations) and then on top of that “The Dean” who you will find is just plain evil.
In all, the book was interesting and it kept a pretty good pace even though the escape takes some time to happen about a third into the book.
Overall: 4 out of 5