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Dystopian YA Review: The Farm by Emily McKay

The Farm by Emily McKay (The Farm #1)

review copy courtesy of Penguin

Synopsis from Goodreads
For Lily and her twin sister Mel there is only the Farm . . .

It's a prison, a blood bank, a death camp - where fear and paranoia rule. But it's also home, of sorts. Because beyond the electric fence awaits a fate much, much worse.

But Lily has a plan.

She and Mel are going to escape - into the ravaged land outside, a place of freedom and chaos and horrors. Except Lily hasn't reckoned on two things: first, her sister's ability to control the horrors; and, secondly, on those out there who desperately want to find and control Mel.

Mel's growing power might save the world, or utterly end it. But only Lily can protect Mel from what is to come . . .

The Farm takes you into a terrifying future where civilization has ended, and leaves you there - fearful, gasping and begging to escape.

UK Release Date: Feb 14th 2013.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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 I'll be honest, guys and gals. A lot of people enjoyed this book, but sadly I wasn't one of them.

*Caution: if you feel you'd like this book, don't read further because there will be spoilers in my rant*

There are only two redeeming qualities in my opinion - Mel, Lily's autistic twin and the sweetest character ever, and the world-building itself (or what tantalising pieces of it I could glimpse).

Everything else is a trainwreck. 

Lily is a condescending, callous, judgemental, horrible b*tch. I really wanted to strangle her all the bloody time. Mel feels like a burden to her, she whines, she sneers at pregnant girls, and the way she behaves towards her pregnant road companion later on is revolting. There is no human decency in her.

Carter is completely smitten by Lily (God only knows why) and talks more about his military education than he actually acts on it.

And don't even let me start on Stephen. The most pathetic vampire you'll ever meet. Most of the conflict in this book could have been avoided if he just tranqued both girls before taking them on the road. I just couldn't understand how he kept letting Carter and Lily to mouth him off when he was the strongest and supposedly most experienced two millenniums-old being around?!! *facedesk*

You see my problem? I was unable to believe the story, because to me most of the conflict didn't make sense and simply kept pissing me off. I do not appreciate the characters continuous stupidity and inability to think rationally of what will be the best for their communal survival. The only way I'd read book #2 if we get rid of Lily's storytelling altogether and concentrate on lovely Mel, otherwise HELL NO.

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Честно говоря, книга отвратительная! На Ферму полно блестящих рецензий, так что если вы думаете, что книга вам понравится, лучше моё ревью с его спойлерами вам отложить в сторонку.

Едиственные читабельные части этого произведения - это Мел, аутистичная сестра близняшка Лили с шикарным, милым характером, а также интересный мир (интригующие детали которого мне удалось увидеть). Всё остальное - катастрофа.

Лили - это просто противная, судящая всех и вся, смотрящая на всех с презрением, маленькая сучка, лишённая человечности. Она тяготится своей сестрой, презирает беременных девушек, и вообще относится подло к своей беременной компаньонке в дороге, что меня просто довело до ручки. Мне постоянно хотелось её удушить. 

Естественно, картонный мужской персонаж, Картер, её боготворит и вообще делает для неё все. Картер постоянно упоминает как он натренирован в армейском лагере, но кроме слов от него мы редко что-то получаем.

И наконец, Стефен. Самый жалкий образец вампира, что мы когда либо увидим. Я виню его в большинстве высосанных из пальца проблем, которыми напичкан сюжет этой книги. Мужику 2000 лет и он не смог догадаться транквилизировать сестёр и держать их в подобном состоянии пока они не доберутся до безопасной территории?!! Нет, он слушает как с ним препираются и Лили и Картер, а когда те портачат, что случается с регулярностью два, он подчищает за ними дерьмо....  *бьюсь головой об стенкой*

В общем, смысла я в этой книге не вижу, проблемы и конфликт бессмысленный. Не думаю, что буду читать продолжение, если характеры ведут себя настолько по-идиотски, и вам не советую.
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