Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Review: 'The Farm' by Emily McKay

The Farm
by Emily McKay
Released: December 4th, 2012


Life was different in the Before: before the Ticks began devouring humans in a deadly swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined “for their own protection.” These days, we know what those quarantines are–holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the 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…

It is very rare that I am put through such an emotional roller coaster while reading a book, but this book really got to me. The depth to all of the characters and the danger they faced was palpable. When they escaped the farm I felt the same instant surge of relief and also fear of the ticks that they did.  I found myself rooting for Carter as he tried to convince Lily of his love for her. I really connected with Lily and Mel in that I have a sister myself whom I love dearly and would risk my life to protect as well. When Mel was dying and Lily lost it, I felt wretched and happy when she demanded Sebastian save her by turning her into a vampire. All in all I was drawn into this book and recommend it to all.

About the Author:
Emily McKay loves to read, shop, and geek out about movies. When she's not writing, she reads online gossip and bakes luscious deserts. She pretends that her weekly yoga practice balances out both of those things. She lives in central Texas with her family and her crazy pets.  She also co-writes young adult novels as Ivy Adams.                                        Visit Emily           Twitter: @Emily_Mc_Kay

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