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February 23, 2015

Shelley Liked It: The Vault by Emily McKay

Series: The Farm 3
Format: Paperback | 400 pages
Released: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
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.

3.5 Cauldrons


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.



   



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28 comments:

  1. I read book one in the series and I really really liked it a lot. I have the last two books on my Kindle but I don't know why I have not read them yet. In fact I was just looking at them tonight debating on whether I wanted to finish the series out. I don't know how the series goes after book one... because I read it so long ago I feel like I should go back and refresh my memory.
    I'm glad that I found a review because I was just considering finishing the series off tonight.
    Maybe this is a sign that I should finish the series!
    Thank you for helping me pick my next book.

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    1. It's never wrong to go back and refresh your memory if you don't have a hundred other books to get to first. Sometimes, even reviewing your review is a good place to start. Thank you!

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  2. Oh. That's why this sounds vaguely familiar! Huh. Okay, going to try to dampen down my enthusiasm to read these books. I've been meaning to read them since I got The Farm. :)

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    1. Glad I could refresh your memory! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Okay, since you said Farm Trilogy I totally know where this book is coming from now LOL! I was wondering why I hadn't heard of it before!

    Glad you liked this well enough even if you didn't love it. Maybe that extra book will have more of what you were looking for? One can only hope!

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    1. It's not that I didn't love it. It's just that I like things wrapped up in a pretty little bow for me. Unfortunately, McKay stated during her blog tour that this was the last book. One can only hope she rethinks her strategy.

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  4. Wow, I never even heard about this and I feel terrible, because if your review is any indication, I would really enjoy it. Thanks for pointing me to it - the first book gets on my list right now! Excellent review :)

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    1. Hi, Ramona! You are most welcome! Whenever one of my reviews helps someone discover a new series or book, I've definitely done my job :)

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  5. I'd love to read this but not knowing what happened to the secondary characters would certainly bother me...

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    1. One could guess what really happened to them if you use your imagination. Considering the world these characters live in, nothing would shock me.

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  6. So THIS is the tick series. I can deal with vampires but ticks? *shivers*

    That sucks that the ending didn't seem to give you full closure.

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    1. Oh B! LOL No, These Ticks could actually be considered the offspring of vampires. They have big teeth, and claws, and well, they only come out at night. They run in packs like werewolves in essence.

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  7. I think I have book 1 somewhere because I remember friend asking me if I wanted it... did I say yes? But in any case it's sad that the end wasn't that good, it's so tricky with the end of trilogies.

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    1. It's a known fact that I cringe when a book is the final one of a series or trilogy. Often times, I am left scratching my head for answers. This really isn't necessarily bad. You can pretty much guess what happened to the missing characters.

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  8. So this really was the ending... I reviewed this awhile back and while I had enjoyed the first two books, I was very disappointed in this one. I didn't like all the loose threads. Not a good ending at all!

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    1. I had a few people DM me while reading. They said they were on the authors blog tour and she said this was the final installment. I'm glad we agree on the loose ends. Although, as I said above, you can actually presume what happened to them.

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  9. I have Te Farm on my shelf...haven't gotten to it yet. Loose ends are tricky...sometimes I don't mind using my imagination but other times I like things tied up better...sounds like this would be one of those times.

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    1. Good morning! I agree with you absolutely! If you're not going to tie up loose ends after 3 books, do what Frost is doing and write another book!

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  10. I do not like the sound of loose endings

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    1. Good morning! Nope, nor do I. Just tell us whether or not the characters survived. Simple. Easy. No fuss. No muss.

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  11. These are new to me. I like trilogies the best, specially if all the books are already out :)
    Thank you for the intro. It does sound a little scary to jump in when I might not completely satisfied with the ending. That's a little bit of a bummer :(

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    1. Good morning! Thanks for stopping by! I agree with you on the trilogy part. I really do believe it's almost better to wait until they are all out before beginning the series. This is an awesome trilogy. Love the world building and characters. Just hate loose ends.

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  12. I haven't heard much about this series. I'm glad you enjoyed it for the most part, Shelley. I'd be a little irritated too with questions left unanswered at the end.

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    1. Hi Brandee! I just want things explained, you know? If you killed off these characters, why wouldn't you just say so? Why give us hope that they are still alive and then not continue the series?

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  13. Oh, damn, I forgot about this series. I even have the first book.

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    1. Hi, Christy! Ah, you're like me then. Cool. I get books. I put them on my shelves, and the next thing you know you, there are a ton of other books to get to! What's worse is having over 800 books on your KINDLE! ::head desk::

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  14. Nooo my biggest pet peeve would definitely be the loose ends that are never wrapped up. I love the talk of the viruses and the sisterly relationship but yeah, I don't know if I could start it because I would be forever wondering! Great review though Shelley!

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