The Farm Review

Title: The Farm 
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Dystopian 

Blurb:(from goodreads) 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...

Me: Vampires. Ticks. Suspense. That's what I was thinking when I saw this at a book festival and was instantly hooked. I am not a person for the dystopian craze that is going around, but this is a really different take on the whole thing. It is not sparkling vampires falling in love with people they want to drink from, but a surprisingly real and touching story. 

Lily is the usual sacrificial main character; it was her sister Mel that really interested me. The book was told from three POVs. Carter's, Lily's and Mel's. But the idea of a girl having autism in a situation like this was so different and refreshing. Carter, on the other hand, annoyed me. He was, in a way, a love interest, but that never developed. He also had too many conflicting emotions, making it hard for him to be believable. 
The ending was so perfect and so bad in many ways. But in a general view, I think that it was a really nice read that I would pick up again. 

Rating: 4 kisses out of 5!

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