December 2014 Reviews · Horror Reviews · Series/Trilogies

Book Review: The Farm (The Farm #1)

Author: Emily McKay
Pages: 420
Published: December 4, 2012
Genre: YA, Horror, Vampire
Rating: 4/5

The Farm (#1) begins the story of Lily and her twin sister Mel as they navigate life trapped on The Farm. No one is really sure how it got out of control so fast, but somehow a genetically modified animal species has multiplied and taken over. Parents were informed that they could send their teenagers to The Farm which would act as a safe haven until this problem could be contained. Unfortunately that was a ruse to get fresh meat.

Now girls are willingly becoming “breeders” to make their blood less appealing to the Ticks that surround the farm at night. Lily’s story has been different since day one. As a twin she feels a very strong connection to her sister Mel. But even more so since Mel was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

It’s up to Lily to keep her and Mel safe from the Ticks until an old friend shows up. Carter has been missing and now out of nowhere he has injected himself into Lily’s life and has taken control of her escape plans. With his appearance came so many questions and even stranger answers that Lily never expected.

This book was really entertaining and I have book 2 (The Lair) ready to read soon! Book 3 in this trilogy is called The Vault and I will definitely be picking that up as well. I gave this book a 4/5 because I did have some issues with the wording at different points in this novel. At one point Carter mentions to Lily that she “almost got herself raped” which to me is reflective of victim blaming and took me out of the moment. Other than a few parts where something like this occurred, I thought the story was great and definitely a fun new twist on the traditional vampire story.


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