Author: Emily Mckay
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: YA dystopian romance
Basic Plot: I picked this book up because it was one of the only I saw at the bookstore that didn’t start a romance within the first two pages. The story line also interested me. Basically, the story is about how a science experiment gone-wrong created these vampire-like zombies. To protect the children, the government created these ‘farms” where the children stayed. Teenagers had to donate blood every few days to keep the vampire-zombies (called Ticks) from attacking the people. The blood kept the vampires happy enough not to hunt.
When children reached the age of 18, their blood changed, and they were sent away from the farm. Some people thought they got to return home, but most figured they would be killed. The main characters of the story, Lilly and Mel, agreed with the second thought.
Lily and Mel are a few days away from their 18th birthday and plan to escape. Mel is autistic, which makes escape more complicated. Right before they are to leave, Lily runs into an old high school crush (sigh) who mysteriously appears and agrees to help them escape. Complications and needless romantic tension ensue.
Thoughts: I really liked this book until the high school crush showed up about 1/3 of the way through the book. Then it all went downhill from there for me. It also turns out, that in this universe, there are also traditional vampires, with all of the same quirks that are really popular for vampires right now (good looks, strange charisma, fast speeds, British accents (?!), etc). Once the real vampire showed up, the book was pretty much over for me. But I was able to finish, and the writing was decent. I at least give her points for trying something at least somewhat different in her story. Maybe they wouldn’t let her get published unless she had the popular themes of the day.