The Lair

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In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the...

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Overview


In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/15/2013
In the wake of the vampire conquest of the world, young people have been quarantined on farms and harvested for their blood. Twin sisters Lily and Mel escape but are separated when Mel is turned by a vampire. Lily joins a resistance movement based in Utah, while Mel, no longer autistic owing to her vampiric nature, learns to control her blood hunger and to craft a new set of morals for herself. When Lily goes on another rescue mission and is betrayed, Mel decides to save her sister, despite her imperfect control. VERDICT McKay's dark fast-paced sequel to The Farm will appeal to both adult and YA fans of dystopian and vampire fiction such as E.E. Knight's "Vampire Earth" series. The sisters and their friends are well-developed characters caught up in situations that demand extreme measures to survive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425264126
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 172,803
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author


Emily McKay is the 2013  RITA © award winning author of The Farm. She loves to read, shop, and geek out about movies. When she's not writing, she reads on-line gossip and bakes luscious deserts. She pretends that her weekly yoga practice balances out both of those things. She lives in central Texas with her family and her crazy pets.  She also cowrites young adult fiction as Ivy Adams.
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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    After reviewing The Farm, I thought it was time to dive into the

    After reviewing The Farm, I thought it was time to dive into the sequel, The Lair. My one main issue with the first book in the series was Carter, the main love interest. I was hoping there’d be less chapters in the sequel told from Carter’s POV, and that the book would focus more on Lily and Mel, the two protagonists I did like. Unfortunately, Carter plays an even larger part here.

    I want to know how this series ends, because seriously, the plot is engaging, the characters – minus Carter – are enjoyable, and this book ends on a cliffhanger, and I want to know what happens next. But Carter makes it really hard for me. In the first book, I could forgive some of his flaws. But here…he turns from a slightly-controlling person into a self-righteous, controlling alpha male (or at least, he acts like an alpha) who tries to control Lily’s every move. When Lily gets hurt, he starts acting like a raving maniac. I understand freaking out because someone you love is in danger, I do, but he’s just over the top. Lily would be so much better off without him. If he acts this controlling so soon in their relationship, that only predicts trouble for the future.

    Also, I’m not sure what it is with YA literature, and with controlling, sometimes even abusive boyfriends. There’s nothing even remotely fun about having a person around who controls your every move. So why do these heroines seem to find that endaring?

    I found Lily and Carter’s story rather boring here. We find out a bit more about the Ticks, about who is behind all this, and life in camp. Those are the interesting tidbits. There’s a few tick attacks, some action moments, but all in all, the book falls for the same trap a thousand other books have fallen into before: the love trap. Suddenly the Lily/Carter romance is more important than how the world has gone to hell, and than surviving in a world full of Ticks. Right.

    Mel and Sebastian now, I found their story a lot more intriguing. I was afraid Mel would become a dull, run-down-the-mill character now she lost her autism thanks to changing into a vampire, but luckily that wasn’t the case. Vampires here are pretty terrifying, and that’s just about the best part about them. Sebastian was still awesome because I had trouble figuring out his endgame, which made him about ten times as intriguing as the rest of the characters.

    I’m going to read the third book for completion’s sake, and because I want to read more about Mel, Sebastian, and maybe even Lily. Carter is a douche, and I wouldn’t mind if he got killed off in a random Tick attack.

    Writing was okay, as usual, but there’s a lot of switching between first and third person POV, and present and past tense. Overall, the book didn’t flow that well.

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    Posted April 13, 2014

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    I read this book weeks ago and have been struggling with my thou

    I read this book weeks ago and have been struggling with my thoughts on it. I really wanted to like it, and ultimately- I think I do. My connection to the story and the characters was just really slow in developing, and I’m not used to it taking so long. It seemed like the perfect book for me, a combination of the dystopian thrillers and the vampire lore that I love. I’m always looking for a new take on that old favorite subject. But, I just couldn’t get in to it until really late in the game and I’m still not sure why. I think part of the reason is because, since this was a request, I did not have a chance to read the first book. That was a definite detriment to my understanding of some of the terminology used in the book. I was slowly able to figure out the difference between a Vampire and a Tick, and between the Elites and the Greens. Typically, in a sequel, there’s a bit of a summary thrown in somewhere in the early stages, to remind the reader of what happened in an earlier book. Usually these annoy me, but I now understand their importance to some readers.

    What I did like was that the characters’ personalities, and actions in different situations were entirely believable. The descriptions of the downfall of society and how people will behave in this type of world was spot on, and ultimately scary to contemplate. The relationship dynamics between both Lily and Carter, and Mel and Sebastian, were well thought out and written. The point of view does jump around quite a bit, and is a bit disconcerting at times. However, all things considered, the book was well done. It was an unmistakably new and unique take on vampires and how they have ruled the earth behind the scenes, and now want to rule front-and-center. If you have read the first, definitely pick this up. If not, go find it before attempting this one.

    Rating: 3

    HEAT Rating: Blood Thirsty (violence)

    Reviewed By: Daysie W.

    Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    Continuing from the first book, this book takes things to a whol

    Continuing from the first book, this book takes things to a whole new level!

    Plot: This plot moves forward from the last book. So if you have not read it, I suggest you do. There is plenty of action and lots of movement with the world building. More secrets are coming to light as well as relationships are changing. I adore this plot more so because of the movement between the cities, the tics and most importantly the struggle for power.

    Love: Although this element did move some, I hate the direction it went but I also understood. Because of more secrets are now revealed their relationship is on the rocks. Lot of struggle for survival as well as the struggle to be a leader, it became too much. I’m hoping that in the next book, these two can learnt o find balance and more forward in their relationship.

    Ending/Sisters: Now the ending was quite shocking. I just can’t believe it. I want to the next book so badly because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO HER! That is all I’m saying. I want more.

    This is a great sequel that certainly surpasses the last book. I loved reading every single page, watching a world of chaos and power unfold around me. Strong and unique, The Lair is great.

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    Posted December 28, 2013

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