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Praise for The Farm

“Equal parts Resident Evil and Hunger Games—and just as thrilling . . . A gripping dystopian tale . . . a web of vampires, love, sacrifice, and survival.”—Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author of Biting Cold

“A gritty, white-knuckle ride . . . fresh, fraught, and super scary.”—Veronica Wolff, national bestselling author of Sierra Falls

“An intense read . . . the kind of book you can’t put down.”—C. C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Taken at Dusk

“Be prepared to stay up all night.”—Marie V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Touch of Power

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425264122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425264126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nationally bestselling author and winner of the prestigious Rita award, Emily McKay got her start writing romance novels. After ten years of writing books with babies and billionaires, Emily decided to try her hand at something different--Young Adult horror. Hey, she just really missed reading about scary vampires.

Her Rita winning book, The Farm, launches a trilogy set in a terrifying post-appocolyptic world where teens are farmed as food and genetically mutated monsters roam the country.

"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," says School Library Journal. Booklist describes the books as, "Fast-paced, brutal, and bloody, this novel's alternating points of view keep the action moving and the suspense ratcheting up to an unbearable pitch."

When she's not devising new ways to kill vampires, Emily lives in the hill country with her husband, The Geek, her two great kids, two cats and two dogs. In her spare time, she raises organic vegies and chickens and tries to hide the fact that she's secretly prepping for the apocalypse.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on December 16, 2013
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4.5 Stars

The Farm, the first book in this series was an highly anticipated book for me last year, and I was so happy that it did not disappoint! So I was SO eager to get my hands on the sequel, The Lair! And let me tell you, The Lair, WOW! It was phenomenal! It was so much better then The Farm, and The Farm was pretty dam good. But The Lair, blow The Farm out of the water, and some!

The Lair was so suspenseful and action-packed throughout the entire book, I just could not get enough! I was reading it every chance I got, and was disappointed when I had to put it down to tend to my daily activity's. I kept telling myself, just ONE more chapter, that's all I need! Then, I was kicking myself for not reading it the day it released, because it was so much fun! And that ending was shocking! I have to admit that there was so many twist that I did not see coming, especially that ending! And now a days, with the same plot and twist played over and over in YA Dystopian, its hard to actually pull some punches and get the reader caught in some mazes. But Mrs. Emily McKay has managed to pull it off and some! I JUST LOVED IT!

The only bad part is that I don't have the next book! I need it, like NOW!! That ending was cruel, just cruel! But oh, so amazing! Bravo Emily McKay, you have managed another hit under you're belt, and I can not wait to see what you come up with for the next book. I know with that ending, and some of them twist, that what's to come is going to rock me to the very core, and I just can't wait!!!! I just hope I don't have to wait a full year! But I'm sure if I do, it'll be WELL worth the wait, just like this one was! Oh, I'm giddy just thinking about the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misty Baker VINE VOICE on November 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
**A 4.3 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog**

Stunned is defined as: To stupefy, as with the emotional impact of an experience; astound.

I use a lot of different words when writing reviews. Stunned is not usually one of them. But after finishing Emily McKay's "The Lair" it's the only word I can think of to accurately sum up my feelings.

I. Was. Stunned.

If you remember (last December) when I reviewed McKay's "The Farm" I pretty much lost my shit. (As eloquent as that sounds.) I was head over heels in love with that book, not only for its originality (which is still rampant in "The Lair") but because of the character choices McKay chose to explore (mentally speaking) and the overall sadistic action that spread like wildfire through-out its plot. But the book ended with some fairly serious issues up in the air, and while I was anxious to read its sequel, I was also petrified I'd pummel it with lofty expectations that could never be met. So I waited, literally, until the very last moment I could get away with reading this book. And twenty pages in, I was overwhelmed with regret. Not because my suspicions had been confirmed (I am more often proven wrong than I am proven right) but because I should have had more faith in an author I KNOW has the ability to create a truly STUNNING, and jaw-dropping story.

"The Lair" picks up exactly where "The Farm" left off. Lives dramatically changed, people missing, others dead, and a hunt for safety on the top of a very long list of wants and needs. And much like it's predecessor, it is written in multi-narration, so we can follow every aspect of the story. The only difference? The dramatic change in EVERY characters personality.
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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.
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