Published date: December 4th, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 420 (paperback)
I keep thinking that maybe one day aspiring and published authors alike will run out of ideas on the vampire topic. There’s romance, action, and adventure like no other between the pages of some of my favorite vampire novels, which indeed are judged very harshly in the public eye. There are some authors—an increasing number I hope—who take the new favorite genre, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, and infuse it with vampires characters. Many have never dared try writing it, for fear of rejection mostly. McKay, following Julie Kagawa’s footsteps, writes a beautifully bloody tale of a dystopian world ridden with zombie-like vampires.
Written from the POV of three different people, McKay easily keeps them separate and different. When writing in that view point author tend to have many characters that end up sounding all the same. It makes the story quite boring and unintelligible. McKay’s written characters that are so unique that it’s so easy for them to each have a voice, one that’s loud and clear. Lily is so brave, selfless, courageous, and I have never seen a character similar to her. She doesn’t give a crap about what people think and she takes care of her twin autistic sister, Mel, with a strong, motherly sense. Living on the Farm is hard for them both, having to constantly give blood, and keeping an eye out for the Ticks on the other side of the fence. Bloodthirsty, insane, zombie-like vampires who constantly want more. The Dean, the leader of the farm, suppresses them all. Lily has a plan, though, a plan that couldn’t fall through. Everything goes as planned until she meets Carter, the bad boy from the Before. And soon Lily comes to find out Mel isn’t as hopeless as she once previously thought.
This book was heartbreaking, gory, and action-packed. I would have to stop just to take a breath I was holding it so much. Never have I been that sucked into a novel before. Most teen books don’t have a lot of blood, but The Farm was the goriest book I’ve read to date. That’s what I really loved that about it. I am definitely awaiting the sequel, however inpatient that might be.