Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (December 4, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon
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...Amy: I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! Yes, it was that awesome. Gruesome, eeery and romantic... yes, romantic amidst all that blood and gore. I just love Emily McKay and her way of writing. You read from Carter, Lily and Mel's perspective. I really do enjoy it that way. I love reading from both the male and females point of view.
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...
Andye: I have to say, I’m really glad that you told me to read this book. It was pretty freakin’ awesome. :D
Amy: What? what was that? You actually listened to something I said?
Andye: Well....ya know.
Amy: Lily was so kick-butt and Carter was caring, protective and witty (just the way I like ‘em). Lily was totally tough though. Prideful. Clever. Sneaky. She had her moments of weakness, but when Lily put her mind to something, she would not stop until she had success. Not trusting Carter didn't help her though.
Andye: YES! I loved how fierce she was! And loyal. She wasn’t going to let anything happen to her sister, no matter what. And Carter....*sigh* I’m just glad the love interest was a human.
Amy: Carter was seriously the hero in this book, but I think Mel, Joe, McKenna all had their moment to shine and save the day. Lily might have been kick-butt, but she did need assistance with the Ticks every once in a while.
Amy: Normally, vampires don’t do it for me. The way Emily McKay sets up The Farm, the vampires are just another character. I like that the story sets up the characters of Lily, Mel and Carter first, before throwing in the vamps.
Andye: This idea of there being two levels/types of vamps, seems to be popular now. Vampires are kind of the more refined killers, then there’s this new breed that are just completely out of control. It’s similar to Black City (though I like this book much better) and The Immortal Rules (which was awesome too).
Amy: Dang, I’ve been meaning to read The Immortal Rules, if it’s like The Farm, it’s next on my list!
Andye: YOU MUST! It is seriously awesome!
Amy: One of my favorite things about this book, is that each chapter was written either in Lily’s, Mel’s or Carter’s point of view. Lily’s was always intense, Mel’s was almost poetic, and Carter’s was my favorite.
Andye: Yeah, I wasn’t sure I’d like Mel’s point of view, since she's autistic, but it was actually really fascinating. Plus those chapters were really short. I liked how, even though you got to see things from Carter’s perspective, you still didn’t quite know what he was up to. It left some mystery to their relationship. I did really like him a lot, but there were a couple of times I would’ve liked to have punched him in the face, I gotta be honest.
Amy: He had a job to do, I liked that is was very focused/centered. Yes, Carter could be aggravating, but the times he showed his true feelings for Lily, those were the best. Lily had every right to be distrusting of Carter though, She wasn't impressed very easily, like I am :). What did you think about their escape from the Farm? I was literally biting my nails.
Andye: Yeah, there was one part where I definitely wanted to scream. Actually, I can think of two. That was intense.
Amy: Oh, did you despise the Dean like I did? He was such an evil, sinister character. He was a great addition the the plot. I actually wanted him dead! TON'S and TON'S of action! The Farm was seriously stressful.
Andye: YES!! I wanted a certain someone to decide that he needed to rip the Dean's head off. That guy! UGH! He was just grotesque!! And speaking of grotesque.....how was your tummy after reading a certain church scene? Vomit and shivers!
Amy: Yeah, I was pretty shakin’ up. Crazy intense scene.
Andye: How’d you like the romance? I thought it was done really well. Just enough tension and struggle to make it interesting.
Amy: Oh Yes, romance indeed! I loved Carter, he was a strong character. He gave my tummy butterflies. I also liked the tension and frustration between Carter and Lily. However, I just wanted to strangle Lily every once in awhile, for such mistrust of Carter. He was very patient with her.
Andye: Yeah, but it's hard to trust someone who isn't honest from the beginning. Makes for good reading though! Overall, I just really liked this whole book!
Amy: I really could go on and on about how good this book was. I might have enjoyed it as much as The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
Andye: Yeah, with action, adventure, romance, suspense, violence, and some seriously grotesque scenes, this was definitely one roller-coaster read. And I enjoyed every minute!
Amy & Andye
Book Doppelgangers: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, Black City by Elizabeth Richards, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Sexual Content: Moderate (attempted rape)
- Profanity: Heavy
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: Vampires