Publisher: Berkley Trade.
Release Date: December 4, 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...
I love that scary vampires are making a comeback. Julie Kagawa terrified me with The Immortal Rules and now Emily McKay is doing the same thing with The Farm.
I love Lily and Mel. And I loved Lily's dedication to keep her sister safe. There were times that she seemed to latch on to bad ideas out of desperation and I wanted to just shake some sense into her but luckily, that's where Carter comes in. I absolutely loved Carter as well. Lily is fierce and snarky and he seems to compliment her personality with his own kind of snark. It's confusing but they mesh really well together and I totally rooted for them the entire time.
The small chapters from Mel's perspective were really emotionally impactful. Especially the last chapter. *shivers* Mel's autism doesn't allow her full chapters and dialogue like Lily but her contributions to the story made it so much more intense.
I LOVED the action and the horror. There's a noise in Paranormal Activity that starts right before all of the demonic terror begins and that was always my cue to curl into a ball and be scared. Just like in that movie, there's always an indicator of when the Ticks are going to attack in the book. Those scenes always got my heart racing but I enjoyed every second of it.
And what an epic ending! The Lair (the sequel) has just landed on one of my most anticipated books of 2013 list because I am now twitchy with impatience to know what's going to happen to Mel and Lily and Carter and Sebastian and everyone else.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed The Farm. It's horrifying, romantic, action-packed and so much more. I definitely recommend this one if you're in the mood for something dark and fast-paced!
Other reviews for The Farm:
The Flyleaf Review.
The Reading Fever.
Pretty In Fiction.