Series: The Farm 3
Format: Paperback | 400 pages
Released: December 2, 2014
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Genre: YA | Dystopian
In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice—resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter…
With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.
Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.
That is, if he’s still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily—and saving the human race.
THE VAULT, according to author Emily McKay, is the final installment in The Farm trilogy. The Vault is one again told in 3 separate narratives; Sisters Mel and Lily Price, and Carter Olson. The story picks up right where The Lair left off. Mel and Carter face risky choices and decisions to save Lily, including going in separate directions to order to find a cure before they lose Lily completely to the Tick virus.
As a summary, thanks to the En371 virus being released in Texas, people turned into vampire-like mutants called Ticks and quickly decimated the Southwest, Midwest and later the entire country. But, to know what truly happened and why, you need to read these books in order as they were released. In order to save and protect the remaining young people who survived, Farms were built. This is where we were first introduced to Melanie and Lily and where Carter found them, and rescued them. This is where Lily protected her autistic sister by holing themselves up in a closet and trading for goods and services necessary to escape the Farm.
I will say that the main story line for THE VAULT is finding a cure for Lily, who has been infected with the Tick virus (read The Lair). The clock is quickly ticking down to when Lily will completely lose her humanity and become a blood thirsty monster. With Carter refusing to allow Lily to fall into darkness, he makes some bold choices, including seeking out a rival vampire named Sabrina, who may have access to the cure, and trusting someone who betrayed Lily. Meanwhile, Mel, who has been a vampire for 8 weeks, must once again face her mentor, savior, and the person she left staked to the ground, Sebastian.
I would be a failure as a reviewer if I didn’t mention the relationships between not only Carter and Lily, but Mel and Sebastian as well. Each of these characters would do almost anything to save the person they love. Take Carter for example. Not only is he the leader of the rebellion against the vampires, but he is truly in love with Lily. So much so, that he put his life on the line time and time again searching a variety of Farms for her, rescuing her and Mel, and not losing hope of finding a cure.
Mel and Sebastian’s relationship runs both hot and cold but if you even think for a minute that either of them truly doesn’t care about the other, no matter what vile things Sebastian may have done in the past, then you are crazy. The really important part of this story is the reunion between sisters. How can they ever go back to what they once had with Lily’s choice of saving Mel by having Sebastian turn her? They’ve both faced and dealt with so much over the course of The Farm. Will their relationship ever heal, or will it linger for the rest of their lives?
You really can’t fault anyone’s choices in THE VAULT. Not Carters. Not Mel’s. Not even Lily’s. Even though Lily’s POV are few and far between, they were just enough to understand what was happening to her as she slowly loses herself. I hate when characters you like are introduced, and then suddenly, BOOM, they go missing. Where did they go? Are they alive or dead? What really happened to Mel and Lily’s mom and uncle who remain missing?
I’m not entirely satisfied with how The Farm Trilogy ended. There are a number of loose ends that haven’t been wrapped up, and I am not one who allows my imagination to figure out what happens next. Perhaps one day, McKay will revisit this series and explain how Mel, Carter, Lily, and Sebastian fared knowing that they weren’t out of the woods. Were they able to cure those already affected with the Tick virus? I need to know what happened to secondary characters that become a vital part of Carter’s rebellion and caught my attention, especially Joe and baby Josie, Dawn and Darren.