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The Farm

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,214 ratings  ·  508 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 moni ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Random House
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Emily May
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-lit, arc, 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.

Words like "dystop
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 old
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 th
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
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 daughte
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, new-york, fiction
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
Umut Reviews
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! The Farm, is the story of a young woman who will do anything to provide for her baby girl. She ends up at Golden Oaks, which is a 'farm' for wealthy people to have babies through surrogates.
I thought this book was beautifully written, and very thought provoking. Although, the subject was an uncomfortable one, I don't think the writer executed it in a way that will make you cringe.
I think it's a very accomplished, impressive debut and can't wait to see the writer's
Navidad Thélamour
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
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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 tr
Jennifer Blankfein
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 bel
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 base
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!
The Farm explores so m
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
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 Ja
Britta Böhler
Intriguing premise but the book doesn't deliver. (Pun intended.)
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 detai ...more
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
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 who
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 d ...more
Jenna Bookish
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to Random House & NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. 

The synopsis for The Farm may have you expecting a dystopian novel of sorts, but the reality of the book is a lot closer to the real world than that. The Farm is less about government control run amok (à la Handmaid's Tale) than it is about blurry lines of consent surrounding bodily autonomy. 

No one forces the women in thi
Karen’s Library
If sleep and work wouldn't have interfered with my reading time, I think I would have read The Farm in one sitting. I had such a hard time putting this one down!

Although it's a little reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, insofar as young viable women have babies for the very rich, the premise of the book could (and probably is) taking place somewhere in the world right now, in some form.

The Farm is all about the money! The women who are hired treat The Farm as a well paid job. For the ones who r
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 pa ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When babies become a commodity. Recommended. Complete review to be posted closer to the publication date of 5/7/2019.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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The Farm is a title that I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it. The idea of a farm for surrogates sounded really interesting, but the way Joanne Ramos wrote the story made it feel incredibly believable to the point that I though places like this could actually exist. The Farm also shed light onto what life can be like for illegal immigrants and how they could be taken advantage of. I found this book not only
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-netgalley
*** 2 Stars ***
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019

Unfortunately this one did not work for me at all. I found this to be extremely boring and could barely get through it. The Farm refers to a "resort" where women sign up to be surrogates for wealthy people. They are paid extremely well however they are watched closely and there are some very unethical decisions being made at times. So yea, this happens in the world and people sign up to get paid to have babies and of course people involve race and cl
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to The Farm. On the surface, it's a dream come true for the women who reside there. They are being paid big bucks to be surrogates for anonymous and wealthy donors, and are being "pampered" for the duration of their pregnancies -- free room and board, gourmet meals and snacks, massages, free health care -- what could go wrong?

But all is not what it seems. Soon they discover that the restrictions of The Farm far outweigh the benefits. Their every move is monitored and access to the outsid
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
The strange thing about this book is that while it takes place right here, right now, it has the sinister feeling of a science fiction horror story. The technology behind the titular Farm (a secluded corporate commune that hires women to be pregnancy surrogates and impregnates them with the sperm and ovum of their Clients) is all real. It could happen. And yet this feels frankly dystopian.

The Farm follows the stories of four women involved in the Farm. Mae is the wealthy corporate executive with
Kerry (lines i underline)
Located in the beautiful rollings hills of Hudson Valley, Golden Oaks is the luxurious retreat where the world's wealthiest wannabe parents can pay a premium to have a Host (surrogate) carry their baby. The healthiest food, personal training, massages, the finest medical care... it all sounds close to perfect. A Host gets paid big bucks, a life-changing "delivery fee" when the baby is born, but along the way her every move is monitored and she must leave her former life behind for nine months to ...more
Vivian Stevenson
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

The Farm has potential as far as the ideas and the writing style goes. You are following many different women throughout this story: Jane, a mother to Amalia who she leaves to work at Golden Oaks, Mae the only female head at Golden Oaks, and Reagan, whose mother has been losing her mind since she was a teen. You also get a glimpse into the life of Ate or Evelyn Arroyo, Jane's cousin, who is muc
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
via my blog:
'Ate also understood that for parents such as these, who had everything and more, being unavailable made her more desirable.'

When you want a healthy, beautiful baby and you’re successful and far too busy to give birth yourself, the place to go to is Golden Oaks. Here, clients can rest assured that they have total control, a guarantee that the surrogate mother will not do anything to harm the unborn child. Only the healthiest young women are chos
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