Review: The Farm by Emily McKay

Posted June 12, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Farm

Series: The Farm #1
Author: Emily McKay
Publish Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Number of pages: 420 
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased
Book Description:
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…

Emily McKay! You evil genius! This book is full of awesome. The thing I love most about this book is the monsters are truly monsters. There is no sugar coating and nothing is cookie cutter. The characters are flawed and the story line is to die for. I really loved the way each character developed and realized the brutality they are capable of in such dire circumstances. My favorite character would have to be Mel. Although she doesn’t say much she realizes so much more than what Lily realizes. She is an amazing character and I love her method of thinking. Carter is my second favorite character. Not only does he sound dreamy, but he also has this superhero air about him that make your knees buckle. The book was not predictable and I’m dying to know what happens next. I can’t wait to see what Ms. McKay has in store for us in the next book.

About Emily McKay

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.


When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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