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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  18,316 ratings  ·  2,533 reviews
Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Random House
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Jane Yep. I was very excited to read this book because I think the topic is timely and important but overall it felt very weak, and while I think the…moreYep. I was very excited to read this book because I think the topic is timely and important but overall it felt very weak, and while I think the author discussed class and race really well throughout the story, the actual story was very weak and not much happened.(less)
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Robert Blumenthal It was my impression that the extremely wealthy Chinese client, Mrs. Deng, had her eggs implanted into 8 different young women at the Farm, two of…moreIt was my impression that the extremely wealthy Chinese client, Mrs. Deng, had her eggs implanted into 8 different young women at the Farm, two of them being Reagan and Jane.(less)

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Emily May
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, modern-lit, 2019
Or will she admit, as she has rarely conceded, that life is sometimes more complicated than easy judgements? That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you’re doing nothing much at all.

Some time ago, I read a starred review for The Farm, requested an arc, got approved, and then promptly forgot everything about the book that had made me want to read it in the first place. And let me tell you: I think this is the best possible thing that could have happened.

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Felicia
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Farm is a place where women (especially immigrants) go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa-like surroundings. These women are handsomely paid for their services making it a win-win for both parties.

Oh man this could have been such a great book.

If you dive into this book thinking you're getting a nightmarish Handmaid's Tale-ish take on a baby harvesting farm then you're going to be disappointed.

This is a story about class and privilege and the disparity between
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Brandice
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The Farm is a story about women serving as surrogates (hosts) for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks, a private estate in New York. The host selection process is intense and competitive, but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract.

The story predominately focuses on Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, who makes the difficult decision to serve as a host in order to help provide a better life for her young daughter Amalia. Jane’s
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Matthew
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
As I begin writing this review, I feel like it might be an unpopular opinion. However, as of this time, the average rating is 3.51 stars and most of my Goodreads friends seem to be giving it 3 stars. So, while my rating is lower than most, overall the opinions of this book seem to trend downwards.

With my 1 star rating, I feel like doing a bullet point review that is introduced by one of my favorite gifs. This was me throughout this book:



- I am not sure I have ever read a book that was trying so
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Greg Watson
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Farm is a biting social commentary. Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way. Her outrage simmers below the surface at times. Other times, it boils over.

At first glance, the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor. But for Golden Oaks (the novel's high-end surrogacy business) to thrive, the desperation of poor surrogates is only one component of the story. Golden Oaks also depends on the complicity of the slightly better off poor, the cold ambition
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Elyse  Walters
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
“The Farm”... called “Golden Oaks”, is a surrogacy Farm. Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child. Most of the ‘host women’ are black Caribbean immigrant women. They need jobs - the money is good. The clients are wealthy and white.
It’s an intriguing story - but the writing often felt motionless and toneless. I kept wanting to add some Technicolor.

Jane, ( who left her own baby behind), Lisa, ( feisty rebel of the bunch), and Reagan are all hosts on the farm. Each went through intensive
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Nadia
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, fiction
This was an ok read, but could have been even better.

The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients. The recruits are watched at all times, even their emails are monitored, they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to. Motivated by the hefty cash bonus paid upon baby delivery, Jane, a single mother from the Philippines, signs up. Jane doesn't mind being at the Farm at first but soon starts missing her little
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Cheri
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york, fiction, 2019
2.5 ‘Meh’ Stars

A bit predictable, one-dimensional, the only thing that wasn’t flat for me is the image on the cover. The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book, as though there’s an entire thought process or some key information missing. That being said, I do think that this will likely be commercially successful because it seems to promise so much more.

If you’re thinking this is some sci-fi or dystopian story, it’s not. If you’re thinking of reading this with some idea that this
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Felice Laverne
The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well-executed imagery. The grounds of the "farm" and described so that you feel you're there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic. BUT, I didn't like this book as much as I'd hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up. The situations Jane finds herself in the farm lacked the emotion and drama that I'd hoped for. While she was so upset at how confining the farm was, I honestly felt like a lot of the situations weren't that big of a deal ...more
Lou
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There has been a lot of hype surrounding Joanne Ramos's debut novel, so I must begin by saying: yes, this is one of those rare occasions that the noise was completely justified. Many have described it as a contemporary of Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale, but given the dire situation the world currently finds itself in The Farm is not a million miles away from reality.

So forget what you've been told this is a stunning, complex work of fiction with its roots firmly
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Erin
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
As an avid reader, I can certainly recognize why this book is receiving the hype that it has been getting. The focus on women's bodies, their role as mothers and the business side of pregnancy have been and continue to be very relevant issues. In fact, it makes The Farm a really great candidate for your next bookclub night. I just don't find myself on that hype train.

A story narrated by several different female characters and I wasn't able to connect with them. Actually, that isn't REALLY
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Britta Böhler
Intriguing premise but the book doesn't deliver. (Pun intended.)
2,5*
Jennifer Blankfein
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review of The Farm and Q & A with Joanne Ramos

What could be better than living on sprawling beautiful property in the country, healthy food being served to you, fresh air and exercise, massages and pampering, and a generous, life changing paycheck, while all your needs are being met? The catch…you must stay on the premises and be separated from your family and friends for nine months while you are pregnant with a baby that doesn’t
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Bren
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bren by: Cynthia Corral
“Because in America you only have to know how to make money. Money buys everything else.”
― Joanne Ramos, The Farm



This was quite a read.

The Farm is a book that I have mixed feelings about. I cannot say I loved it but I CAN say it was an incredible read. Both of those things can be true.

I am not going to do a plot review..so many others already have..but I will talk about my feelings abut this book.

First off..nothing that occurs in The Farm is unlikely to actually happen..if it isn't already. The
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Travel.with.a.book
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Farm is a very interesting and unique book and Joanne is very talented, the topics within the book are very delicate and so well written within these pages!
The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients! Their life is somehow managed by the owners of the Farm and the orders are very strict! Jane is a single mother from Philippines, she sings up at the Farm and the things are very interesting to read after this part!
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The Farm explores so
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Carrie
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Farm by Joanne Ramos is an adult science fiction, dystopian novel. The story within this one is told from multiple points of view throughout by giving a different voice for each chapter with Jane the central character to the story.

Jane is an immigrant from the Philippines who needs a way out and into a better life for herself and her own child. Jane learns of a retreat that takes in young women like herself to “hire” them to carry the babies of rich clients. For Jane this will mean leaving
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Jessica Woodbury
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's start off with some important clarifications: this isn't women's fiction (that weird category that just means books about women doing things women do that we expect women will read). If I were going to put it in a genre I would choose Horror. That may sound strange, but Horror is less about what happens in a book (or about genre at all, you may say) and more about the feelings a book creates. This is a book full of tension. I was stressed out most of the time I was reading it. Casual ...more
Selena
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of The Farm by Joanne Ramos from NetGalley for my honest review.

I was so excited to get a copy of this book. It sounded like it was going to be a good, thrilling, dystopian type of book. Unfortunately it fell flat for me.

The Farm is an interesting read about a resort for surrogate mothers of very wealthy clients. The book is told from the perspective of four different women. The first is the creator/president of The Farm, two others are surrogates, and the last one is
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Unlike books such as The Handmaid's Tale where "surrogates" are used to help continue the human population at a horrid price to the Handmaid's, The Farm gives immigrants and those who need money a chance to be a surrogate for those who have the finances to have a baby through them - either because they cannot have one of their own, don't want to "wreck" their own bodies or are paying top dollar for those surrogates who are educated, test well, have high percentage of carrying to term and have ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Would you be willing to give up your life for a few seasons? A relationship, family, education? What if you could spend up to nine months at a gorgeous locale with all of your needs cared for by a devoted team? Well, some women make this very decision to become Hosts for those who need surrogates. They become temporary guests at The Farm, called Golden Oaks.

Mostly immigrant women are involved here and have very little choice when it comes to this difficult decision. Among these women we meet
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Bark
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
Meh.

I spent a few days listening to this book and I kind of want them back now.

The premise of The Farm was a good one and held so much promise but it all fizzed out into a whole lot of nothing all that exciting. Perhaps I am spoiled by the recent onslaught of amazing thriller/suspense/horror books I've been reading recently? Perhaps I am just spoiled. Maybe that reader was right when he said I had atrocious taste? Either way this book mostly bored me because I was hoping for the big sinister
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Michelle
There are many social issues packaged into this book. Racism, privilege, immigration . . . all come together in this modern day version of The Handmaid's Tale. The premise is intriguing. Young women are paid to serve as surrogates for the Uber rich. During their pregnancy their every need is taken care of. The caveat is that they are required to live on the grounds of Golden Oaks for the duration of their pregnancy where every movement inside the farm and every contact with the outside world is ...more
Marjorie
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Golden Oaks seems to offer a wonderful opportunity to young, healthy women who need money. The review process is extensive but if you’re lucky enough to be chosen to enter its gates, you’ll have great health care, organic food, massages every day and wonderful fitness equipment. Plus regular pay checks and a huge bonus at the end of your stay. And all you have to do is deliver a healthy baby for someone else.

Jane is from the Philippines. She has a little girl she is willing to do anything for
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Anne Bogel
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It sounds like a dream: go to the Farm and take advantage of every amenity, from the organic meals to the daily massages. Not only that, you'll be paid for the privilege. All you have to do once you're chosen to be a Host is become a surrogate. Immigrant and single mother Jane is thrilled when she's selected, until she realizes she no longer belongs to herself. Cut off from her daughter, she cannot leave the grounds and she has no freedom. And she dare not risk what will happen if she tries.

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Emily B
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The farm was a thought provoking read which approached many contemporary issues.

Although the beginning was a slow start for me, I’m glad I was able to carry on reading until the end.

What struck me most when reading this book was that no character was portrayed as wholly good or wholly bad. Instead each character displayed deep inner conflicts and personal interests that they were exploring throughout.

Mary  Carrasco
A promising idea that failed to live up to it's full potential.
Jessie
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book, about women and their relationship to a surrogacy farm for the ultra wealthy, doesn’t deliver on what I thought would be a thriller based on the book’s description, but rather, hits on lots of topics relevant in our global world full of racial and economic inequity. For me, the book was about Jane, a young Filipina woman working caregiving jobs, her infant daughter Amelia, and her auntie Ate (Evelyn) always hustling to make a life for her kids living back home who she hasn’t seen for ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The concept was SO interesting - kudos to the author for that. I had high hopes for this novel and I wasn't disappointed. The author’s writing style was wonderful and really pulled me in. The dialogue was easy to follow and the subject matter was interesting and very serious. Women deal with body image and infertility issues all the time.

The Farm is a brilliant novel, working on multiple levels, personally, politically, and everything in between. Joanne Ramos is one of those original writers
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Anna
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Golden Oaks, "The Farm", is a beautiful mansion in an idyllic setting in upstate New York. Women are carefully selected to be surrogates to carry babies for their mega wealthy clients. They are treated to healthy meals, massages, personal trainers and luxurious rooms. But while they are there, each woman is monitored 24/7 and must give up their call phones, identification and they are not allowed to have visitors. Sworn to secrecy, their lives belong completely to the clients. The reward is the ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dystopian feminism is a subgenre that peaked around 2018-2019, with the sudden release of The Testaments, and other books like The Water Cure, Vox, The Grace Year and Red Clocks. Generally, I don't like dystopian feminism, both because it has a bad habit of being of the preachy social justice warrior variety, and also because I don't believe it gives readers a fair or accurate portrayal of women's issues. The Farm was different, and not at all what I had expected. While yes, it's certainly ...more
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