Book reviews, Dystopian fiction

The Farm by Joanne Ramos – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

THE MUST-READ DEBUT NOVEL OF 2019. Sharp, compulsive and darkly funny, this is an unforgettable novel about a world within touching distance of our own.

Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility economy – where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the rules.

Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future. Stuck living in a cramped dorm with her baby daughter and shrewd aunt Ate, she sees an unmissable chance to change her life. But at what cost?

A novel that explores the role of luck and merit, class, ambition and sacrifice, The Farm is an unforgettable story about how we live and who truly holds power.

MY REVIEW 

In The Farm, young women are paid to be surrogate mothers for the wealthy. These women get the best of everything to keep the baby healthy, paying parents to be…..regardless of what the mother herself wants.

This is a tale of power and privilege, of the exploitation of immigrants and racism. 

A dystopian world that feels all too close to the present day. I found this to be a compelling and thought provoking read.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC of The Farm.