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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...
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Overview

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…

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...

Winner of the 2013 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—For their own protection, 17-year-old Lily and her autistic twin sister, Mel, are herded onto the Farm. A now-defunct college campus, it is a holding pen for countless teens. Hovering on the other side of the electric barbwire fence are human-size mutations: bloodthirsty Ticks, a scientific experiment gone awry. The Dean of the Farm systematically sacrifices hormonally ripe teens to feed and ward them off. Some females turn into breeders because their hormonal change repels the Ticks. Lily, fierce protector of Mel, plots their escape from this creepy place. Complicating her plan is Carter, the too-cool guy from the Before who vigilantly comes to their rescue. Mel is strangely compliant and responsive to Carter and his accomplice, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire, Sebastian. Unknown to Lily, her rescuers suspect that she has paranormal powers. Carter hopes that she can save the world, Sebastian wants to wipe out the competition, and the Dean wants to use Lily's powers for his own devices. Carter, Sebastian, and a couple who knew the twins in the Before join them on their flight to freedom, a barren backdrop of abandoned cars, empty neighborhoods, and vanished families. The group is relentlessly pursued by the psychopathic Dean, tracked by electronic chips embedded beneath their skin, and always hunted by the free-range hormone-thirsty Ticks. Gothic intrigue, an impressive female warrior, and the keen sensory perceptions and mysteries of autism all come together in this suspenseful adventure. Bloody confrontations are many, but a brewing romance in a dystopian land steals the show. Teen girls will delight in this fresh sci-fi fantasy that works the formula and throws in new surprises. Passing the vampire bite to a key player hints at a sequel.—Alison Follos, formerly at North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
Kirkus Reviews
After six months on a Farm where teens are raised to feed the vampire-mutant Ticks, Lily has a plan to escape with her autistic twin sister, Mel. Unbeknownst to Lily, her plan is doomed. Luckily, Carter, a boy she knew in the Before, shows up in the nick of time to tell her what to do instead. The story is narrated in three voices. Lily's voice gets the lion's share. Mel's voice--less the voice of a genuine autistic person and more florid riddle-talk--narrates a few short snippets. In Carter's chapters, which are, disconcertingly, written in third person, readers hear that Lily has the special thought-controlling powers of an abductura, though the nature of those powers and the dubious sources of Carter's information take a long time to be revealed. At every turn, Lily is punished for being self-reliant: Not only do readers learn her escape plot would have failed, but the actions she takes in self-defense, such as breaking one of Carter's tranquilizer darts after he has shot her with another, consistently backfire. A few tense action scenes and some by-the-book romantic tension aren't enough to outweigh the book's distasteful message: Do as you're told, girls, and leave the planning and fighting to the boys. Nothing new here. (Science fiction. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101613511
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 193,399
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • File size: 941 KB

Meet the Author


Emily McKay loves to read, shop, and geek out about movies. She lives in central Texas with her family and her crazy pets. She also co-writes young adult novels as Ivy Adams. Visit her website at escapethefarm.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Wow! Just wow! This book grabbed me from the first page and didn

    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 safety, which means getting off of the Farm before they turn 18. 18 is the age they are supposedly released, but Lily thinks it's really the age they are fed to the Ticks. So Lily devises a plan, but everything gets derailed when Carter, a sort-of-friend and major crush from the Before, shows up. He's not at all what he seems, but Lily must trust him in order to go through with her plan to escape.

    Carter has lots of secrets and I won't spoil any of them for you, but let me tell you that nothing is as it seems in this story. McKay has tons of twists and keeps you guessing. And be ready to experience every emotion in the book. There were scenes that had me cringing and grossed out. Other scenes made me want to cry. And the tension is high just about all the time. You're in for a crazy good ride with this story. It's easily on my lists of favorite books this year.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    PLEASE TELL ME THERE ARE MORE CHAPTERS TO COME!  Literally could

    PLEASE TELL ME THERE ARE MORE CHAPTERS TO COME!  Literally could not put this book down.  Well written.  Loved that the story is told through the eyes of the various characters.  It expanded and added depth to the story.  Literally, the ending left me craving for more!!!!  Well done!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    loved it couldnt put ut down Loved it! Couldnt put it fdown

    Loved this book what stinks is that it better have a sequel and if it does it wii seem like firever til ir gets here

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    I loved this book. I'm known for reading anything, but this one

    I loved this book. I'm known for reading anything, but this one I read all in one day. I loved how the story was written in multiple POV, I find that it added to our understanding of the characters. It is mostly told from Lily's perspective, but I found the chapters written my Mel very interesting because we got to see how she sees the world. The story revolves around Lily and her trying to protect her twin sister Mel by trying to get them off of the Farm before they turn 18. It is unknown what actually happens after they turn 18, but Lily thinks that it can't be good. Thats when Carter comes into play. He is an old schoolmate and crush of Lily's, and although the life she has been leading lately has made her much tougher than she used to be, his charm is fierce and unrelenting. I really liked their relationship and the struggle Lily goes through trying to figure out if she can trust him. Of course, we actually know what his real motives are by reading his perspective, but I won't give anything away ;)

    Mckay does an excellent job in surprising you with the twists and turns of the story, and you never really know what's coming next.
    Definitely the best book I've read in a while! Read it, just read it, you'll be happy you did :) Can't wait for the sequel,planned to come out in November 2013!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    It's rare that a book grabs me so hard that I can't stop reading

    It's rare that a book grabs me so hard that I can't stop reading til it's done, but from the first page I was hooked.  As I read more and more each page was like a puzzle revealing bit by bit of a story that just kept getting better.  And then the end came all to soon leaving me gasping for a sequel.  I can't wait to see what happens next and can't wait to  adventure back into the new world of ticks, vampires, and humans who want to save the world.  If you haven't read this you certainly should get it now!.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    A Refreshing New Take on Vamps

    I'm in my late 40's and enjoyed this book. I really liked Mel and Lily. The charachter development is nicely done. I anxiously await the next book in the series - talk about a cliff hanging twist!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    I thought this book was great. I loved the love between Lily an

    I thought this book was great. I loved the love between Lily and Carter. Well written. Slow in the beginning, but I was then not able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    Very interesting book. Very interesting indeed. Initially, g

    Very interesting book. Very interesting indeed.




    Initially, going into this book I thought I had it all figured out. Boy was I wrong.  Instead, I got a more in depth, complicate story that turn out to be quite beautiful. The plot of the book is nothing like the synopsis cause it go farther and deeper that what the reader is told. Which I really liked. I liked that the story kept me on my toes as well as entertained. I loved reading more into the characters as well as learning more about their history.




    Now the main characters, Lily and Mel as phenomenal. I love their relationship as well as the survival tactics. Their both immensely smart and protective of one another. Like Mel, my son also has ASD and well, I think the author did a great job in her research about Autism. The point of view does switch quite a bit between the two but I didn't mind it. I like seeing the sides from both girls and seeing what they are thinking/feeling.




    The love interest is what I expected with well a lot of betrayal. At the beginning, I admit that I hated the guy. He has been lying about his motives from the start and I quickly caught on. Towards the ends, I'm not sure how to feel. I want to trust the guy but it just that, he lied so much I can't. I guess I have to read the next and see if he is able to re-gained my heart.




    The Farm is fresh yet complex. It offers a new world, new rules that you must learn to play in order to survive.  It's one of those books that you can read and think about afterwards. The history to the story and where it's going it whats keep me hooked. Innovative and different, The Farm is wonderful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    The Farm is The Bomb

    Having not finished the book in its entirety, I can already say that I'm hooked. It's fast-paced, suspenseful, and thrilling at every turn. There's never a dull moment, whether it be action-packed or juicy (sparks do fly, my friend). Can't find a reason to put it down once I pick it up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    loved it!

    loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    January 14, 2013

    Great read, cant wait to see if there will be another book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    I honestly think this book was extremely well thought out. It wa

    I honestly think this book was extremely well thought out. It was amazing. I have read the Twilight series and I think The Farm is a better book. These vampires are much more scarier. They don't sparkle. They are very realistic to me. Emily Mckay did a great job with this book and I hope I can read the next book out of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    DO NOT BUY!!! Malfuntioning nook book alert!!!!

    It cost me $9 but I only got 23 pages of the sample story :/ Is there someone who knows how to correct this or will everyone who purchases this book only get 23 pages?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Luna

    "Oh, they got eaten by monsters."

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Morgera

    Your welcome. She smiled. What happened to your mother anfather? She asked

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

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    A Fresh and Scientific take on a Vampire Apocalypse. I didn¿t w

    A Fresh and Scientific take on a Vampire Apocalypse.

    I didn’t want to put this book down.

    And I wanted so much more when it ended!

    McKay does an excellent job of penning the first book in a series. THE FARM has a steady build so the reader fully realizes the world Lily and Mel are living in. The story is told from multiple, limited points of view. I know multiple POV’s aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But know that McKay pulls it off. Much like George R R Martin’s A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE series, the different views add to the fullness of this story. Giving the reader far more information than any single character could.

    The setting of the tale is so freshly after the Tick takeover that we’re not sure what to expect from the world beyond The Farm. We see from Lily’s memory that before she and Mel were shipped to The Farm there were warnings for people to move away from the Tick infestation. The Farm itself seems reasonably well set up as a stockade for teens. It’s true purpose feels sinister – but on the surface appears to be a well thought out protection for the most vulnerable of Tick victims  Heck, as a parent I’d send my child there. Better to see them safe behind a fence than running from blood sucking monsters.

    What’s great about these blood sucking monsters in particular is that McKay doesn’t rely on the paranormal to explain her Vampires. Instead her monster is based strictly in science. And this makes it all the more terrifying because you could see how genetic experiments could go wrong…It’s far more realistic. And far more scary. It’s the realistic explanation that really sucked me in. The invasion of the Ticks reminds me of a “zombie” plot. The idea that a “virus” or “DNA” change would spread rapidly – resulting in a blood-thirsty being with no higher-level thought processes. Just smell food = Eat food. The horror!

    But it’s really the humans who prove scariest. While the Ticks can kill, fast and easy, it’s the humans and their own higher-level thoughts and plans that promote a more terrifying reality. Because you know The Farm I spoke of above isn’t based in pure intentions.

    And when the hot boy from Lily’s past comes into the picture with his own motivations knowing who to trust and which path Lily should take kept the pace of the book moving along swiftly. But don’t expect YA insta-love to hit these two. They’ve got a past of their own, a few years of crushing on each other to back up any feelings plus, romance just isn’t the point of this book. Survival is. Uncovering what’s really happening in the world is. And for once our heroine really doesn’t want to be the savior of the universe.

    “If I was an abductura, then that changed everything. Forever. … I would have to give up any hope I still clung to that there might be a normal life for me somewhere.” 

    It was this line that sealed the deal between Lily and me. I get that. When the world starts crashing down, I think all we really want is to find a normal again. To find a steady and calm place – even if it doesn’t look like it used to. You don’t get to save the world and then fade into the suburbs. It’s not wrong to wish that someone else could save the day. And leave the hope of “normal” to the heroine.

    Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mel’s autism as a very cool addition to the tale. The (short) chapters from her point of view were wonderfully written in a lyrical/riddle mix. They always ended up shedding light on the story and by the end of the book I found myself hoping that Mel chapters would pop up so I could get new/clear information! They were little gems strewn throughout the book.

    But that ending! Geeze, I need to know NOW how everything is going to change.

    Rating: 4/5 A Fresh and Scientific take on a Vampire Apocalypse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Med cat

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    I wanted to enjoy The Farm more than I actually did. I picked up

    I wanted to enjoy The Farm more than I actually did. I picked up the book after heading home from university, and I craved a good read. The Farm was all right, but mostly it was meh. Surprisingly, considering the book had the super-awesome premise of two girls escaping a farm where people are kept for their blood, which is being fed to vampire mutants.

    Lily and Mel, our two main characters, live in a world overrun by mutant vampires called Ticks. They’re stuck inside a blood farm, along with several other kids their age, because their blood is most appealing to the Ticks. However, they need to escape fast, because they’re reaching the age of maturity – and no one knows what happens to people who do. They just vanish. Lily doesn’t want that to happen, so she and her mentally handicapped sister Mel, need to escape. Except that’s not as easy as it sounds. Even letting Mel in on the escape plan is a hassle.

    The best part about this book, no doubt, was the relationship between Mel and Lily. They have an unique connection. Lily is often frustrated with Mel, who has all kinds of quirks, but she loves her sister despite all that, and Mel loves Lily too, although she doesn’t always understand why Lily does the things she does. I enjoyed the chapters from Mel’s POV the most. The author obviously did her research, and she told Mel’s side of the story in a clever, interesting way.

    What was not that convincing though, was the male love interest. Carter. He’s apparently all that, and then some, and Lily has fallen for him ever since she first met him – and apparently the insta-love is mutual. But Carter, if anything, is just ‘meh’. He’s not interesting. He’s not alluring. And he hides way too many secrets. Why Lily trusted him even after he admitted to keeping secrets from her, is beyond me. Also, the chapters from Carter’s POV bordered on being boring. His POV seemed repetitive, and not necessary at all – he didn’t offer anything new to the table.

    I would’ve preferred if the story had focused on Lily’s and Mel’s POV only. I disliked Carter, and I found him a liar, who kept things for Lily ‘to protect her’, which never works, and the book owuld’ve worked better without him. Sebastian was all right though, at least he had a reason for being a pretentious jerk (which I won’t explain, because it would be a spoiler).

    All in all, not as enjoyable as I hoped, but an okay read nevertheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Dappletai.

    "Umm.. I don't know, Cloverstar. Maybe you could advertise and get a mate?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Flamestripe

    Finishes the vole. "Okay."

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