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The Farm

(The Farm #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,653 ratings  ·  747 reviews
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 Fa ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Penguin Publishing Group (first published August 1st 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Well, well. Color me impressed. If you would have told me, three months ago, that someone could still offer an original take on vampires, I’d probably have laughed in your face. So far we’ve seen nightwalkers, daywalkers, vegetarian vampires, vampires with magical powers, sparkly vampires, bloodthirsty monsters, gorgeous vampires, hairless ugly vampires, and just about everything else you can possibly think of. But Ticks? Trust me, they’re new.

They’re not quite vampires, true, but genetically al
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
I really liked The Farm... until I didn't. I guess this is another case of me getting the wrong impression from the description; that's happened a lot to me lately, but, most of the time, it's the teaser giving away too much. In this case, just the opposite, because the minute I got to what Carter's secret was, my enthusiasm for this book instantly went to zero. Let's just say it's not a good sign when your own characters are making fun of how stupid the plot twists are.

From the description, I'm
Kelly Hashway
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow! This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. The story is told in multiple POV. Lily dominates the story, but Carter and Mel both have some chapters along the way. While I gravitated toward Lily and her protective nature, always worrying more about her sister, Mel, than anything else, I really loved the chapters told by Mel. She's autistic and boy does the girl have an interesting mind. She really adds depth to the story.

Lily is only concerned about Mel and her own
This is the second book that's been recommended to me because it supposedly has something in common with my book that I should learn from, and it's the second book that's made me want to shoot myself if this is how I'm supposed to write.

Fortunately, it was an eminently skimmable book, and that's how I read it, by skimming large chunks at a time.

So, generic somber-hued-ethereal-girl YA cover. Vampire apocalypse. Ninth grade crush shows up to rescue her. Yeaaaaah. The one single bright spot (or at

For some reason or another I had really high expectations for this (I think it was the cover), sadly I wasn't impressed. The premise sounded interesting enough even though it was pretty similar to a bunch of other YA/dystopian/vampire type books.
In The Farm, vampires have taken over the world (is it weird that I want that to happen in the real world? IDK, it just seems like fun), anyway all the teenagers are rounded up into farms because their blood is extra sexy and oh so tasty. Two of
2.5 stars. **There are some minor spoilers in this review.

The Farm started out great. It might have stayed that way if it would have just been what it sounded like it would be. In the beginning Lily and her autistic sister Mel are trying to escape a "farm" where their blood is being harvested to feed vicious vampire-like creatures called ticks. The Farm is a place where teens are taken until they are 18. There is a lot of mystery about what happens after everyone at the farm turns 18. They disa
The Cats’ Mother
Giving up at page 172. I got this from Book Club, I recall my friend saying it was OK but she wasn’t sure she’d bother with the rest of the trilogy. I always like to make up my own mind, but despite a promising start, it was rapidly becoming apparent that this is another derivative vampire PA/Dystopian YA romance trying too hard to distinguish itself from Twilight (which it has already referenced repeatedly.) There would only be any point continuing if I were willing to invest in the sequels, an ...more
Kira Simion
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Things I liked:

•Mel's chapters. While I don't know how autistic people tend to act, the poetry of her pages lured me in and I quite enjoyed them.

•the plot was interesting, even if the plot twist was predictable. WAYYYY too many plot twist clues.

•the characters. I could see them all as different people and liked little pieces of each of them so that's nice.

What I didn't like:

•the insta-like. Not working for me.

•the plot twist was good, but as I said before, there were too many clues for one plot
Misty Baker
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The other day, while I was surrounded by hordes of rabid book fans, I was asked a question. A question that was rather elementary when it came right down to it, but still incredibly intriguing. One that (if I’m being honest) I’m surprised is being asked now; 3 years into my reviewing journey. It was:

“What are you tired of?”

My first thought (naturally) was laundry. I have no idea how my children manage to wear everything they own in a single week, but alas…they do, therefore I’m up to my elbows i
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked that this book was on the border of YA and Adult, it dealt with the age range of Young Adult, but at the same time, it didn't skirt around issues that teenagers face normally. I've noticed that most YA won't curse or really address the issue of sex, but this book managed to cover what it really was like for teenagers before their world exploded and then what it was like after.

I really liked that this book could double as a YA for more mature readers within the genre. While there isn't se
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Warning: This contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Book, I am very disappointed in you.
The blurb made you sound so amazing!
But... no. No, book. NO.

I honestly had a love-hate relationship throughout reading this. Some parts were amazing, and then the book would drop so low that it would make me want to run headfirst into my mirror.

Some of the big problems I have?

#1: Lily.

I want to punch Lily in her fucking face.
Not because she's capable but gets held down; that isn't her fault (i.e I'll co
Apr 24, 2012 marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
The time of whiny, incompetent heroines really won't go away and I wish it would. The Farm is another young adult book, in a long line of young adult books, to throw up lead characters who are a terrible fit, yet somehow are inexplicably drawn to one another.

The concept is good (a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun with genetically modified, blood-sucking humans known as Ticks), but poorly executed (inconsistent with a habit of throwing more and more "twists" into the fray to keep the reader
Gray Cox
This was an interesting take on vampires, honestly, I didn't like it very much, but three stars for being original.

I probably would have liked it more if it wasn't for the makeout scenes, call me a baby, but they were too detailed and made me uncomfortable.

Also, props for a good autism rep!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Like its cover, Emily McKay's The Farm is exceedingly dark and creepy, filled with the kinds of vampires that are never going to make swoon-inducing heroes. The Farm reminded me somewhat of The Passage and of The Immortal Rules, both in tone and vampire-ness.

In The Farm, the world has been overrun by Ticks. No, not the bugs. Humans-turned-monsters that feed on human blood. As is the case in roughly 37% of post-apocalyptic fiction, scientific research i
Novels On The Run
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing


This is a most brilliant, intense read. I devoured this book. I am still hungry and want more.

Throw this on your TBR pile and shoot it up near the top. Emily has a unique take on her blood thirsty ‘Ticks’. It works very, very, well. I am not left with a head full of questions.

The world that is built is alarmingly real and frightening.

6 months approximately, since the Tick virus, yes, there are vampires in this story, but it is not another
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, dystopia
You will find that this story does have teenage characters, a possible love interest and vampires not all in the same context and is told successfully and proved to be an enjoyable read for me.
It starts with the narratives of two sisters told in different chapters in a dystopia setting, there is a need to survive, a care and love for each for other, a possible plan to break free, a journey out of to freedom from The Farm.
The story grabs you from the start you have a feeling of the moment and the
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This is a decent vampire story that gets some extra points for originality. The two main characters are identical twin sisters, Lily and Mel, but Mel is a mid-level functioning autistic. The girls have been living in what is essentially an internment camp called The Farm for six months, ever since the outbreak of a virus that turned a large proportion of the human population into savage, feral versions called Ticks, who kill and feed on human blood.

Lily believes that once she and her sister turn
Bonnie McDaniel
It took a while to get into this book, and my enthusiasm varied throughout. It reminds me of a summer movie blockbuster that keeps you enthralled while you're in the theater, but after the last credit rolls and you've had time to think about what you've seen, the plot holes grow bigger and bigger.

It's set in the near future, after blood-drinking, genetically engineered monsters known as Ticks have ravaged the U.S. (Exactly where 250 million or more people went is not explained, and our heroes s
Kenneth Hursh
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Conflict is a good thing in a novel, but The Farm is an example of too much of a good thing. It starts out with a cool dystopian setting, teenagers held captive to give blood to feed vampires who have taken over the U.S.

Lily is one such captive who yearns to free herself and her autistic sister, Mel, from their particular blood farm. Lily loves Mel and wants to protect her, but also feels burdened by her (conflict # 1). Suddenly, Lily’s old high school crush, Carter, appears at the farm and sho
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really didn’t know what to expect when I first picked this book. The cover seems pretty simple but a little creepy, I think. Well, let me tell you, The Farm was an AMAZING book from start to finish. It has a little bit of everything - romance, suspense, vampires, and a tough cookie for a heroine. Oh, and did I mention a hot guy? Yup, it has it all. The story is told in Lilly, Mel and Carter’s POV. The way that Emily wrote it, makes it really easy to follow. I love reading in Mel’s POV. I think ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A edge of your seat dystopian with terrifying and original vampires!

Lily stuffs a few more items into her bulging backpack. She mentally goes over the list of things she still needs in order to make her escape. For the last few months, Lilly along with her autistic sister Mel have been living on The Farm. The Farm is a fortified place where teenage kids were sent to protect them from the Ticks. Just a few short months ago, the United States was overrun by Ticks. Ticks are terrifying,
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4.25/5 Stars

I recently reviewed one of my favorite vampire books, Sunshine by Robin McKinley. One of the things I love most about that book is that the vampires in it aren't the sparkly, vegetarian variety. They are cold, calculating, ruthless, and damn scary. They aren't to be trusted. Yet sometimes it can be a very good thing to have a vampire on your side. Well The Farm is another book that features old school vampires, the dark and dangerous
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
"If he is not a Tick, does that make him a Tock?”

I don't know, I'm torn on this one. It's an interesting story - the vampires and the Farms full of people to feed them. Their bare-minimum existence, their life in the building. I liked the sisters. I even liked Carter. I'm not sure I needed all 3 perspectives but it did round out the story.

I just didn't feel a connection here. Or anything new in the story. I thought it was interesting but not enough to keep me really wanting to know what was hap
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lily and Mel are twin sisters. They live on a "Farm". The farm is really a college campus that has been converted into an interrement camp for teenagers. They live secluded from everyone else. Choosing to stay in a storage closet in the science building rather than the dorms. Lily takes care of Mel because of her autism. Everything goes smoothly they stay out of the Dean's notice and even have a plan to get out. Well, until Carter comes along and messes everything up.

This book was really, really
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This was a reread because I needed to refresh my memory in order to read book two. My feelings are pretty much the same as the first time I read the book. This book is a dystopian vampire book featuring a society where zombie/vampire creatures are all over the country and teenagers are put into farms for "protection". I think this book has some interesting ideas, but it does read a lot like other dystopian books
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bite-me, read-2014
This was surprisingly great. A different take on vampire lore which I didn't think was possible at this point. I liked the characters and the writing is really addicting. Can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it. Had most of it figured out early but there was a twist I wasn't expecting. 4 1/2 stars. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Romance, danger, vampires and a whole lot more! This book was packed full of surprises, twists, and one seriously awesome butt kicking heroine who will do whatever it takes to protect to her twin sister. This book was not at all what I was excepting it to be, it was so much better. When I sat down to read this book I wasn't sure what I should except, and I can tell you I wasn't excepting to be hooked from the get go, to read it in one sitting, and to fall in love with some of the characters. Emi ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
This book came out of nowhere!

I had never heard of The Farm, when it appeared on my doorstep one day. To be honest, I wasn't all that interested in yet another story about vampires. Yet I still found myself slipping it into my bag to take to work, in case A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones book 2) got too heavy for me. It did...and that's how three hours into my shift, I picked up The Farm and couldn't put it back down until I was finished. I was blindsided by this book!

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