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Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is moni Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored. Your former life will seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your überwealthy clients. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines and a struggling single mother, is thrilled to make it through the highly competitive Host selection process at the Farm. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her own young daughter's well-being, Jane grows desperate to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she'll receive on delivery—or worse. Heartbreaking, suspenseful, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.


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Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is moni Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you've ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored. Your former life will seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your überwealthy clients. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines and a struggling single mother, is thrilled to make it through the highly competitive Host selection process at the Farm. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her own young daughter's well-being, Jane grows desperate to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she'll receive on delivery—or worse. Heartbreaking, suspenseful, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

30 review for The Farm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    Or will she admit, as she has rarely conceded, that life is sometimes more complicated than easy judgements? That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you’re doing nothing much at all. Some time ago, I read a starred review for The Farm, requested an arc, got approved, and then promptly forgot everything about the book that had made me want to read it in the first place. And let me tell you: I think this is the best possible thing that could have happened. Words like "dystop Or will she admit, as she has rarely conceded, that life is sometimes more complicated than easy judgements? That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you’re doing nothing much at all. Some time ago, I read a starred review for The Farm, requested an arc, got approved, and then promptly forgot everything about the book that had made me want to read it in the first place. And let me tell you: I think this is the best possible thing that could have happened. Words like "dystopia" are being thrown around in reviews of the The Farm, as are comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale, but this is misleading. This book should not be regarded as a dystopia; it is a mere breath away from reality. It is almost entirely a contemporary. Most, if not all, of what happens in this book is already happening. If I had gone into this believing I was getting a dystopian novel, I would have been disappointed. Instead, The Farm is better viewed as a character-driven exploration of race, immigrants, class, and reproductive rights in modern America. As technology develops, we see the disappearance of blue collar jobs, long-filled by immigrants and the poorest Americans. Out of this will grow - and are growing - service-based jobs. One such job that is increasingly becoming an option for former blue collar workers is surrogacy. This is not a dystopian matter. Companies like Growing Generations already exist, offering you the chance to earn up to $63,000, plus benefits. This book is about a company called Golden Oaks, similar to Growing Generations above, except that it offers a live-in center for the surrogates to be free from outside threats and distractions, eat only the most nutritious food, and live stress-free. Ramos uses this setting to examine several very different characters. There's Jane, a Filipina who joins Golden Oaks to earn money for her own 6-month-old baby, and her older cousin, Evelyn, who has a long history of caring for rich people's newborns. There's white, pretty and educated Reagan, a "premium host" who is driven by her need to do good and be of use. There's Lisa, also white, who is on her third pregnancy at Golden Oaks and frequently criticizes the center for its exploitation, calling it "The Farm". Reagan laughs, surprising herself. It isn’t funny, but it is. It’s all completely ridiculous: three pregnant women carrying other people’s babies talking about second-trimester sex pangs and trying to guess which one of them harbours a billionaire’s fetus. Through these women, the author weaves a tale that I personally found fascinating. She looks at the way people can be exploited and manipulated based on their character profiles. She looks at racial and class bias and the ludicrous way rich Americans will pay so much more for a white, educated "host" when the kid is 100% theirs anyway. It's ridiculous, and yet I absolutely believed in it. There are, of course, lots of morality questions. So much deceit goes on under the guise of protecting the surrogates from stress, and the hosts' contracts create many issues. Mae-Yu, the Chinese-American running Golden Oaks, finds loophole after loophole to lie to both clients and surrogates. Questions arise as to whether the center should be allowed to force an abortion, and whose life takes precedence - surrogate or baby's - when the host has signed a contract promising to use their best efforts to ensure the wellbeing of the unborn child. Ramos really understands all her characters. Her writing never falters as she takes us inside such very different minds and makes each one completely believable. She must have put a lot of thought into all of their situations and motivations. And there are a number of very moving moments, too. I really enjoyed it. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    The Farm is a story about women serving as surrogates (hosts) for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks, a private estate in New York. The host selection process is intense and competitive, but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract. The story predominately focuses on Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, who makes the difficult decision to serve as a host in order to help provide a better life for her young daughter Amalia. Jane’s old The Farm is a story about women serving as surrogates (hosts) for wealthy clients at Golden Oaks, a private estate in New York. The host selection process is intense and competitive, but offers a large financial reward for those selected who do not breach the strict terms of their contract. The story predominately focuses on Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, who makes the difficult decision to serve as a host in order to help provide a better life for her young daughter Amalia. Jane’s older cousin Ate, other hosts at the farm, and Mae, Golden Oaks’ Director of Operations, are secondary characters in the story. The book is focused on class and privilege, highlighted by the various decisions different characters make (or have the options to make) depending on their own personal motivations. The premise of The Farm was interesting, yet the execution was average. The ending was a bit unrealistic. I kept hoping the story would pick up and get better but it just remained an ok read for me. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    The Farm is a place where women (especially immigrants) go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa-like surroundings. These women are handsomely paid for their services making it a win-win for both parties. Oh man this could have been such a great book. If you dive into this book thinking you're getting a nightmarish Handmaid's Tale-ish take on a baby harvesting farm then you're going to be disappointed. This is a story about class and privilege and the disparity between th The Farm is a place where women (especially immigrants) go to serve as surrogates for wealthy families while living in spa-like surroundings. These women are handsomely paid for their services making it a win-win for both parties. Oh man this could have been such a great book. If you dive into this book thinking you're getting a nightmarish Handmaid's Tale-ish take on a baby harvesting farm then you're going to be disappointed. This is a story about class and privilege and the disparity between the high and low ends of the spectrum. The wealthy achieving their goals on the back of those less fortunate has always been the way in America and this story gives a unique take on that truth. "....in America you only need to know how to make money. Money buys everything else." After reading this book I feel like the author promised more than she delivered. The entire book hints at some underlying evil going on at the farm yet nothing ever happens on that front. The Farm itself is pretty straightforward leaving the story to rest solely on the characters, namely the surrogates. Aside from Jane, the main character, we don't learn a whole lot about the other surrogates, the wealthy parents-to-be or the people running the farm. Although Joanne Ramos has written a book featuring a timely subject matter, her telling of the story falls flat on all fronts. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “The Farm”... called “Golden Oaks”, is a surrogacy Farm. Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child. Most of the ‘host women’ are black Caribbean immigrant women. They need jobs - the money is good. The clients are wealthy and white. It’s an intriguing story - but the writing often felt motionless and toneless. I kept wanting to add some Technicolor. Jane, ( who left her own baby behind), Lisa, ( feisty rebel of the bunch), and Reagan are all hosts on the farm. Each went through intensive “The Farm”... called “Golden Oaks”, is a surrogacy Farm. Women are impregnated with sperm to host a child. Most of the ‘host women’ are black Caribbean immigrant women. They need jobs - the money is good. The clients are wealthy and white. It’s an intriguing story - but the writing often felt motionless and toneless. I kept wanting to add some Technicolor. Jane, ( who left her own baby behind), Lisa, ( feisty rebel of the bunch), and Reagan are all hosts on the farm. Each went through intensive vetting before they were selected. Other main characters are Ate, ( too old to be a host mother- but had been a master Nanny Queen in her prime), and Mae. (Ms. Wealthy-bossy of ‘Golden Oaks)... For nine months the host women are medically monitored. At the end of nine months - the infant gets handed over to the client whose embryo they carry. The host women are offered many spa benefits - but also potential penalties. Topic Themes explored are race, class, inequality, wealth, poverty, immigration, motherhood, trust, friendships, personal freedom, rules, sacrifice, self expression, exploitation, manipulation, childcare, big business, greed, fear and isolation, radical politics, and morality, with an all women dominated cast of characters. The main female leads and the supporting females all have something to say. At times - there was not much difference between any of them, other than we knew who the HAVES and HAVE NOTS were. I wanted to like this more than I did. The ending is weak and the epilogue just felt long and senseless. At the same time - I honesty felt this book had potential. ‘The Farm’, itself.....had me thinking ( not particularly with all the stereotyping and the far-fetched scenarios)....but I do think it’s possible there are surrogacy home - retreats or otherwise. With integrity, these places could be a supportive environment for those serious about surrogacy. Thank you Random House Publishing, Netgalley, and Joanne Ramos

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg Watson

    The Farm is a biting social commentary. Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way. Her outrage simmers below the surface at times. Other times, it boils over. At first glance, the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor. But for Golden Oaks (the novel's high-end surrogacy business) to thrive, the desperation of poor surrogates is only one component of the story. Golden Oaks also depends on the complicity of the slightly better off poor, the cold ambition The Farm is a biting social commentary. Joanne Ramos is outraged in a good way. Her outrage simmers below the surface at times. Other times, it boils over. At first glance, the novel appears as an indictment of the one percent and their exploitation of the poor. But for Golden Oaks (the novel's high-end surrogacy business) to thrive, the desperation of poor surrogates is only one component of the story. Golden Oaks also depends on the complicity of the slightly better off poor, the cold ambition of the white collar class, and the good intentions of the socially conscious affluent. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the story is that there doesn't seem to be anything standing in the way of a facility like Golden Oaks operating in real life. This is troubling. The Farm is a brilliant debut novel. Add it to your summer TBR list.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    This was an ok read, but could have been even better. The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients. The recruits are watched at all times, even their emails are monitored, they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to. Motivated by the hefty cash bonus paid upon baby delivery, Jane, a single mother from the Philippines, signs up. Jane doesn't mind being at the Farm at first but soon starts missing her little daughte This was an ok read, but could have been even better. The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients. The recruits are watched at all times, even their emails are monitored, they have a prescribed diet and an exercise plan they have to adhere to. Motivated by the hefty cash bonus paid upon baby delivery, Jane, a single mother from the Philippines, signs up. Jane doesn't mind being at the Farm at first but soon starts missing her little daughter who is less than a year old and was left behind to be looked after by Jane's cousin. What the book does well is highlighting the economic disparity between rich and poor, the struggles of immigrants and ethnic minorities and their financial motivation to join the Farm. I also appreciated the insight into the lives of Filipino women living in the US. However, one of the problems I had with this book was that there were too many side stories and characters thrown in that were totally unnecessary as they did not add anything to the overall story. The story is told from a number of POV, following stories of a couple of girls at the Farm, the Farm director and Jane's cousin. I did care about Jane and her story and I wished there was more focus on her as the main character. The ending of the story surprised me, but not in a good way. It felt as if the author wanted a happy ending for every character at all costs, when clearly, things happened between certain characters that they would struggle to put behind them in real life. Overall, I think the premise of the book is unique and thought-provoking but in my opinion, the author did not push the envelop far enough. What could have been a jaw-dropping dystopia ended up being just an average novel. Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    2.5 ‘Meh’ Stars A bit predictable, one-dimensional, the only thing that wasn’t flat for me is the image on the cover. The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book, as though there’s an entire thought process or some key information missing. That being said, I do think that this will likely be commercially successful because it seems to promise so much more. If you’re thinking this is some sci-fi or dystopian story, it’s not. If you’re thinking of reading this with some idea that this 2.5 ‘Meh’ Stars A bit predictable, one-dimensional, the only thing that wasn’t flat for me is the image on the cover. The ending is oddly disconnected to the rest of the book, as though there’s an entire thought process or some key information missing. That being said, I do think that this will likely be commercially successful because it seems to promise so much more. If you’re thinking this is some sci-fi or dystopian story, it’s not. If you’re thinking of reading this with some idea that this is about women or couples or gay couples so desperate to have a baby or babies that they hire a surrogate to do the physical labor for them, that’s closer to the truth, but even there I felt the story fell flat, and felt untrue. If you’re thinking it’s about poor women, perhaps especially immigrants, who choose to carry another’s child through gestation for financial rewards, it is – but it’s more about those who prey on those weak enough, desperate enough, or whose upper-class privileged background has them wanting to give back in some way. The Farm, called Golden Oaks, transports these women into a comfortable dorm-like setting, where they are then monitored, what they eat, where they go, who they talk to, etc. for the duration of their pregnancy. For some, this is a step up, in terms of setting, but they all seem to have issues with the level of monitoring for one reason or another. The message of this novel seems to be summed up in one sentence: ”Because in America you only have to know how to make money. Money buys everything else.” I kept reading thinking this would have more redeeming value at some point, and when I finished reading it I realized I was wrong. The writing is good enough, without being poignant or beautifully written. The epilogue seemed pointless and I was confused why it was even included since it seemed to detract some from the main story and added nothing to it for me. Surrogacy is an ancient practice that has evolved since Sarai directed Abraham to go to her maid that she might bear his child through her, but this story seemed to wander in the desert for too long, leaving me thirsting for more. Pub Date: 07 May 2019 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group – Random House

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    There has been a lot of hype surrounding Joanne Ramos's debut novel, so I must begin by saying: yes, this is one of those rare occasions that the noise was completely justified. Many have described it as a contemporary of Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale, but given the dire situation the world currently finds itself in The Farm is not a million miles away from reality. So forget what you've been told this is a stunning, complex work of fiction with its roots firmly base There has been a lot of hype surrounding Joanne Ramos's debut novel, so I must begin by saying: yes, this is one of those rare occasions that the noise was completely justified. Many have described it as a contemporary of Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale, but given the dire situation the world currently finds itself in The Farm is not a million miles away from reality. So forget what you've been told this is a stunning, complex work of fiction with its roots firmly based in real-world events. Make no mistake, it is a challenging read and brings forth many philosophical, moral and ethical questions which I always appreciate in my fiction. It is so well constructed that you simply cannot fail to be drawn in from very early on. I fully expect this to rapidly become a bestseller and to leave its mark on readers as it did with me. The effort that has gone into making this a multifaceted, powerful and searingly emotive tale holding many important messages for its readers show that this has been a labour of love for Ms Ramos. We have been warned for several years now about the beginning of the end for people employed in low-skilled jobs as a direct result of the emergence of technology which can carry out those jobs with increased efficiency whilst negating the need to pay a wage or salary. This means those who are made redundant must find an alternative method of making a living, but with little to no expertise, this leaves few jobs open to them. And that's where Golden Oaks, a facility that houses surrogates for the duration of their pregnancy, comes in. Catering to the uber-wealthy the hosts' lives are controlled in every possible way from conception right through to birth. Ramos uses this divisive set-up to comment on a variety of increasingly important topics, including the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor, technological advancement as a double edge sword, surrogacy, reproductive rights, exploitation, class, race and immigration. She manages with considerable aplomb to show just how lost we've become as a species, but most of all, it signifies just how quickly the famed American dream can turn into a hellish nightmare. Each of the female inmates is intricately developed as well as three-dimensional, and each holds a different perspective which helps make the story fully rounded. One of the parts that really stood out for me was the fact that these affluent Americans seeking a surrogate will pay significantly more for a white host who is well educated than any other race. Sadly, this seems to be reflective of our reality to some extent where some individuals in society perpetuate the ugly idea of white supremacy, whether intentional or incidental is beside the point. The Farm is an ominous, claustrophobic, character-driven reality check and an astounding and thoroughly accomplished debut. Thought-provoking, beautifully written and incredibly original, Ramos is a master storyteller who has disguised this intelligent and eminently readable piece, which could be perceived as a warning, as fictional, but given that most of what happens in the book is already happening in reality - just how fictitious is it? Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for an ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Navidad Thélamour

    The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well-executed imagery. The grounds of the "farm" and described so that you feel you're there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic. BUT, I didn't like this book as much as I'd hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up. The situations Jane finds herself in the farm lacked the emotion and drama that I'd hoped for. While she was so upset at how confining the farm was, I honestly felt like a lot of the situations weren't that big of a deal The Farm has a phenomenal premise with well-executed imagery. The grounds of the "farm" and described so that you feel you're there yourself and the characters are all lifelike and realistic. BUT, I didn't like this book as much as I'd hoped I would when I eagerly picked it up. The situations Jane finds herself in the farm lacked the emotion and drama that I'd hoped for. While she was so upset at how confining the farm was, I honestly felt like a lot of the situations weren't that big of a deal and were completely fair under the terms she'd offered to work for the farm. And while I know that Ramos wanted to be true to the soft-spoken, Filipino woman she wanted to portray, I found Jane too meek and boring to really root for her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    As an avid reader, I can certainly recognize why this book is receiving the hype that it has been getting. The focus on women's bodies, their role as mothers and the business side of pregnancy have been and continue to be very relevant issues. In fact, it makes  The Farm a really great candidate for your next bookclub night. I just don't find myself on that hype train. A story narrated by several different female characters and I wasn't able to connect with them. Actually, that isn't REALLY tr As an avid reader, I can certainly recognize why this book is receiving the hype that it has been getting. The focus on women's bodies, their role as mothers and the business side of pregnancy have been and continue to be very relevant issues. In fact, it makes  The Farm a really great candidate for your next bookclub night. I just don't find myself on that hype train. A story narrated by several different female characters and I wasn't able to connect with them. Actually, that isn't REALLY true, I actually did find Mae's storyline fascinating and she was such a strongly written character. I felt that I could question her ethics and role in this whole baby making business a heck of a lot more than other characters. It was Jane and Regan- the two characters I believe I was supposed to have a lot of empathy for - I just didn't! Given the fact that I found myself continuing to shift this book down on my reading priority list, but did enjoy some elements in the story, it was a 3 rating for me. Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date 07/05/19 Goodreads Review 11/05/19

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Blankfein

    Follow my reviews on https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com Review of The Farm and Q & A with Joanne Ramos What could be better than living on sprawling beautiful property in the country, healthy food being served to you, fresh air and exercise, massages and pampering, and a generous, life changing paycheck, while all your needs are being met? The catch…you must stay on the premises and be separated from your family and friends for nine months while you are pregnant with a baby that doesn’t bel Follow my reviews on https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com Review of The Farm and Q & A with Joanne Ramos What could be better than living on sprawling beautiful property in the country, healthy food being served to you, fresh air and exercise, massages and pampering, and a generous, life changing paycheck, while all your needs are being met? The catch…you must stay on the premises and be separated from your family and friends for nine months while you are pregnant with a baby that doesn’t belong to you. In this stunning debut novel, The Farm, female-centric and slightly dystopian (will be appealing to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale), author Joanne Ramos creates Golden Oaks, a secluded, country club atmosphere in Hudson Valley, NY where mostly foreign women are bearing children for elite clients who are not able to get pregnant or who choose not to. Jane, a young, single Filipina mom with an infant, no husband and no secure place to live, decides to leave her own baby with her cousin, Ate, and take a job at Golden Oaks, where she will make enough money to better her life. She is chosen to be a Host, living in a luxury house in the middle of the countryside where her only job is to rest and keep the baby inside her healthy. Nine months is a long time to be separated from your family and as time goes on, Jane starts to question the value of that big paycheck versus her sacrifices associated with being away. She is worried about her young daughter and her cousin, and is unsure the money alone is an adequate tradeoff for the painful separation and the missing of milestones. Joanne Ramos takes a look at class status; what poor women will give up to ultimately improve their lives, and what wealthy women give up to avoid inconvenience. How much is worth sacrificing for the American Dream? This is a thought provoking, emotionally charged novel I highly recommend! PREORDER TODAY– available May 7, 2019. The Farm is part of the Bedside Reading program where books are placed on the nightstand at 5 star, luxury and boutique hotels. Goodreads Summary Q & A With Joanne Ramos Q: How did you come up with the idea for a novel centered on a surrogacy farm and do you know anyone that ever worked at one? A. When I finally dared to commit to writing a book, a childhood dream I’d deferred for decades, I was already forty. Certain ideas had obsessed me for much of my life but finding a way into them—finding the right story to contain them and, also, allow them room to breathe—was difficult. I spent well over a year writing short stories, flash-fiction pieces and “first chapters” of stillborn novels. It was an exercise in persistence and, also, faith. Then one day, when reading my husband’s Wall Street Journal, I happened upon a snippet of an article about a surrogacy facility in India. The what ifs began swirling in my mind almost immediately, and The Farm began to take shape. Q: In this country do you see Filipina women experiencing economic and social challenges and in general struggling more than white women? And if so, in what way? A. I don’t think you can really generalize in this way. I know Filipinas who struggle and those who lead cushy lives, and the same goes for white women. I think new immigrants to this country—and they come in all races and colors—do face challenges that ensconced Americans do not. I think domestic workers occupy a strange netherworld where they work in the intimacy of someone’s home and are often hailed as “part of the family”—but of course, they aren’t. That’s a difficult line to balance every day, and by and large, domestic workers don’t enjoy the protections that other workers in this country do. And of course, racism exists—here and everywhere. Q: In The Farm we see women of different social classes and even in the same class using each other to get ahead. With the #MeToo movement, it generally seems as if most women are outwardly supporting all women across dividing lines. Do you think the situation in your novel is closer to reality? Do you believe women stand by their children first, then other women second? A. Women, like men, have conflicting needs, desires and loyalties which they try their best to balance. Sometimes they need to compromise; some compromises are betrayals, depending on which side you sit on. Even within the #MeToo movement you see divisions—women who feel #MeToo has gone too far, women who feel it has not gone far enough, women who can relate and women who can’t, women who are changing their minds because of it. Q: The influence men have on the women in The Farm seems nonexistent. Why did you decide not to include men in the storyline? A. I didn’t exclude men from The Farm consciously. The book started with Jane and Ate. Their voices came first. All the caregivers I happen to know well are women, and almost all of them are raising their children on their own—the fathers are absent. So, in this way, Jane and Ate’s stories reflect the reality I know. Of course, the Hosts are women, and it made sense to me that the person running Golden Oaks would be a woman. The decision was not one made “on-high”, but an organic development. Q: Female inequality is a subject that is underlying throughout your novel. But the women considered to be the lowest on the totem pole also have the greatest power, the ability to bear a child. You could have gone a different way in the novel, giving the pregnant women the upper hand. Why choose to create a world that diminishes the unique and valuable aspect of womanhood? A. I don’t think that motherhood or pregnancy is diminished in The Farm at all! In fact, they are central to the book. The reality is, though, that the power dynamics of the world are not built around motherhood and pregnancy. In fact, for most of history, and in many parts of the world still, the opposite is true. Q: How long did it take you to write this novel? A. If you count the year and a half when I wrote in the dark, trying unsuccessfully to find a way “into” the themes that mattered to me, it took around five years. Once I came upon the idea of setting the action in a luxury surrogacy facility, the book took three and a half years to write and edit. Q: What are you working on now? A. I have some seedlings of ideas for a second book, but nothing coherent enough to discuss. Q: What are the last three great books you read and what is on your night stand now? The History of Love, Nicole Krauss Essential Essays, Adrienne Rich Hold Still, Sally Mann On my nightstand: Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss; Citizen: an American Lyric, Claudia Rankine; The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli; Saltwater, Jessica Andrews More information about surrogacy below. Celebrities who have used surrogacy to grow their family Surrogacy Farms in India Surrogacy Farms in Ukraine

  12. 5 out of 5

    Travel.with.a.book

    The Farm is a very interesting and unique book and Joanne is very talented, the topics within the book are very delicate and so well written within these pages! The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients! Their life is somehow managed by the owners of the Farm and the orders are very strict! Jane is a single mother from Philippines, she sings up at the Farm and the things are very interesting to read after this part! . The Farm explores so m The Farm is a very interesting and unique book and Joanne is very talented, the topics within the book are very delicate and so well written within these pages! The Farm is a place where young women are recruited to become surrogate mothers for wealthy clients! Their life is somehow managed by the owners of the Farm and the orders are very strict! Jane is a single mother from Philippines, she sings up at the Farm and the things are very interesting to read after this part! . The Farm explores so many interesting things, starting with the race, different cultures and Ramos is very magnificent when it comes to emotional parts, I really felt for Jane when she starts to miss her daughter after spending time in the Farm! The story follows and three other women, Mae is a cooperative executive she is really ambitious in her work! Ate Evelyn who is also from Philippine she is tasked to look after Jane's daughter, and Reagan which I loved so much as a character! . When Jane is carrying the baby she mist live at Golden Oaks where she'll be paid a large sum of money, the whole concept of the book is very engaging and in some parts and suspenseful! It has a fabulous readable narrator and while going at the end lots of amazing stories unfold and it gets very provoking and we highly recommend you to read it!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Farm by Joanne Ramos is an adult science fiction, dystopian novel. The story within this one is told from multiple points of view throughout by giving a different voice for each chapter with Jane the central character to the story. Jane is an immigrant from the Philippines who needs a way out and into a better life for herself and her own child. Jane learns of a retreat that takes in young women like herself to “hire” them to carry the babies of rich clients. For Jane this will mean leaving h The Farm by Joanne Ramos is an adult science fiction, dystopian novel. The story within this one is told from multiple points of view throughout by giving a different voice for each chapter with Jane the central character to the story. Jane is an immigrant from the Philippines who needs a way out and into a better life for herself and her own child. Jane learns of a retreat that takes in young women like herself to “hire” them to carry the babies of rich clients. For Jane this will mean leaving her daughter behind for the nine months. I’ve seen The Farm by Joanne Ramos compared to a more modern day version of the Handmaid’s Tale and I suppose I should have run away seeing that one is not a favorite of mine. While to me they aren’t very similar they were alike in the fact I was not a big fan of this one either rating it at 2 1/2 stars. The biggest downside to me was way too much telling and not showing which makes it crawl along but I didn’t find the story overly compelling either, just not my cup of tea. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    Let's start off with some important clarifications: this isn't women's fiction (that weird category that just means books about women doing things women do that we expect women will read). If I were going to put it in a genre I would choose Horror. That may sound strange, but Horror is less about what happens in a book (or about genre at all, you may say) and more about the feelings a book creates. This is a book full of tension. I was stressed out most of the time I was reading it. Casual detai Let's start off with some important clarifications: this isn't women's fiction (that weird category that just means books about women doing things women do that we expect women will read). If I were going to put it in a genre I would choose Horror. That may sound strange, but Horror is less about what happens in a book (or about genre at all, you may say) and more about the feelings a book creates. This is a book full of tension. I was stressed out most of the time I was reading it. Casual details would make me gasp in alarm. The premise of this book isn't just satire or cultural commentary (though it is both of those as well), it's body horror. The Farm is a place where being a surrogate isn't just loaning your womb to someone in need, it's a place where your entire body is now under corporate control. And if that isn't a terrifying topic worthy of a horror novel, I don't know what is. What I think Ramos does here very nicely is present this story through three very different sets of eyes. There is Jane, a Filipina immigrant who has managed to find low-wage and domestic help work in the US through her cousin, but is struggling to keep jobs when she can't afford care for her infant daughter. There is Reagan, a well-off white girl who ends up as a surrogate because she doesn't know what she wants to do and it seems like a quick cash grab. And there is Mae, the striving Asian-American woman who has been entrusted with running the facility where Jane and Reagan end up. We get to see the full class spectrum through these characters and the clients they work for, and we get to see just how far Mae will go to achieve the positive outcomes she wants to deliver for her demanding, high-end clients. We also get to see how unprepared Jane is for this kind of situation, where her background and experience only make her more vulnerable. It's a gutsy book and particularly good to dish about, so if you have a book club that enjoys a juicy discussion this would be an A+ pick.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of The Farm by Joanne Ramos from NetGalley for my honest review. I was so excited to get a copy of this book. It sounded like it was going to be a good, thrilling, dystopian type of book. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. The Farm is an interesting read about a resort for surrogate mothers of very wealthy clients. The book is told from the perspective of four different women. The first is the creator/president of The Farm, two others are surrogates, and the last one is I received a free e-copy of The Farm by Joanne Ramos from NetGalley for my honest review. I was so excited to get a copy of this book. It sounded like it was going to be a good, thrilling, dystopian type of book. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. The Farm is an interesting read about a resort for surrogate mothers of very wealthy clients. The book is told from the perspective of four different women. The first is the creator/president of The Farm, two others are surrogates, and the last one is a recruiter for the program. You get to learn how the "farm" came to be, why surrogates have been selected, why the surrogates choose to be surrogates and information regarding who the clients are. You learn difficulties and struggles the surrogates go through. These women are drawn in by a big payout, and they agree to become surrogates for a variety of reasons. But there are rules they must follow. Each one of them conforming differently.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Britta Böhler

    Intriguing premise but the book doesn't deliver. (Pun intended.) 2,5*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Would you be willing to give up your life for a few seasons? A relationship, family, education? What if you could spend up to nine months at a gorgeous locale with all of your needs cared for by a devoted team? Well, some women make this very decision to become Hosts for those who need surrogates. They become temporary guests at The Farm, called Golden Oaks. Mostly immigrant women are involved here and have very little choice when it comes to this difficult decision. Among these women we meet Ja Would you be willing to give up your life for a few seasons? A relationship, family, education? What if you could spend up to nine months at a gorgeous locale with all of your needs cared for by a devoted team? Well, some women make this very decision to become Hosts for those who need surrogates. They become temporary guests at The Farm, called Golden Oaks. Mostly immigrant women are involved here and have very little choice when it comes to this difficult decision. Among these women we meet Jane. She was a struggling single mother with an excellent job as a baby nurse. Due to extreme circumstances, Jane is forced to find other employment because of an unfortunate event at her most recent job, With another baby nurse, her cousin Ate, to help care for her young daughter, Jane becomes pregnant as part of her new employment. An incentivized Host. Carrying a baby for wealthy Clients. Strict rules enforce secrecy. The Hosts only job is to follow a course set in front of them that will allow them to carry to term in the safest, healthiest way possible. Whether or not the money for acting as a Host is worth it compares to the emotional toll placed upon these young women. Will the emotional attachment these women cope with be enough of a trade off to have many women, from several other walks of life, be something that becomes a secure part of the future? The story is told from multiple points of view, including that of Mae, another powerful character as it was she who designed the surrogacy program. As mentioned, most of the women who become Hosts are immigrants, so race and financial inequality are explored. Truly makes one think. As a mother, I don’t think I could give up my child no matter the financial gain. I appreciated The Farm very much. I liked it and I disliked it, but I am most certainly glad to have read it. That is why this difficult book rates five stars. It is by far, completely unlike most of what I read. Kind of made me think a bit of The Handmade’s Tale. This book provides a provocative look into a future when you can simply place an ad for things such as having babies simply for financial gain. The Farm explores racial inequality in a different world. This book further touches on the difficult things forced upon these women. Their freedom is definitely stifled. Again, is it all worth it? A bit futuristic. A bit science fiction. A bit horror (it would be spoilery to say why). Joanne Ramos has truly hit it out of the park. This debut novel is something that will remain with me for a long time. Many thanks to NetGalley (although I noticed this book via Shelf Awareness Pro) and to Random House for this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. *As this book is slated for release May 7, 2019, I will publish this on my blog on or after April 15, 2019. Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www robinlovesreading.com.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Golden Oaks seems to offer a wonderful opportunity to young, healthy women who need money. The review process is extensive but if you’re lucky enough to be chosen to enter its gates, you’ll have great health care, organic food, massages every day and wonderful fitness equipment. Plus regular pay checks and a huge bonus at the end of your stay. And all you have to do is deliver a healthy baby for someone else. Jane is from the Philippines. She has a little girl she is willing to do anything for an Golden Oaks seems to offer a wonderful opportunity to young, healthy women who need money. The review process is extensive but if you’re lucky enough to be chosen to enter its gates, you’ll have great health care, organic food, massages every day and wonderful fitness equipment. Plus regular pay checks and a huge bonus at the end of your stay. And all you have to do is deliver a healthy baby for someone else. Jane is from the Philippines. She has a little girl she is willing to do anything for and wants to give her a better life. Jane is one of the lucky ladies accepted into Golden Oaks. But she soon learns that there is a heavy price to pay in return for the promises made to her. I enjoyed this story of these women and their stay at Golden Oaks. Some of the women, like Jane, were looking for a better life for their loved ones. Some were hoping to give women unable to bear children of their own what they so longed for – a healthy baby. Some were just looking to make what they thought would be an easy buck. However, as with anything involving money, greed pokes its head into their plans. This is a slow book. This is not a thriller as some reviewers have mentioned though there are suspenseful moments. It’s more of a look into the hearts of these women who are being used to produce what wealthier people want. I did not care for the ending at all but I can understand how it was plausible. This is a well-written, thought-provoking novel about women and class. Recommended. This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    There are many social issues packaged into this book. Racism, privilege, immigration . . . all come together in this modern day version of The Handmaid's Tale. The premise is intriguing. Young women are paid to serve as surrogates for the Uber rich. During their pregnancy their every need is taken care of. The caveat is that they are required to live on the grounds of Golden Oaks for the duration of their pregnancy where every movement inside the farm and every contact with the outside world is There are many social issues packaged into this book. Racism, privilege, immigration . . . all come together in this modern day version of The Handmaid's Tale. The premise is intriguing. Young women are paid to serve as surrogates for the Uber rich. During their pregnancy their every need is taken care of. The caveat is that they are required to live on the grounds of Golden Oaks for the duration of their pregnancy where every movement inside the farm and every contact with the outside world is monitored. As a "Host" they must relinguish control over their own lives and serve the desires of their client. There were many valuable elements here. I was particularly taken in by the power structure and the dialogue on motherhood. Throughout the book I was leaning towards 4 stars but just as the plot was building to a crescendo the ending fell flat. It was rather unrealistic and incohesive with the message that I believed Ramos was trying to put forth. Thanks to GoodReads Giveaways for a copy of this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Unlike books such as The Handmaid's Tale where "surrogates" are used to help continue the human population at a horrid price to the Handmaid's, The Farm gives immigrants and those who need money a chance to be a surrogate for those who have the finances to have a baby through them - either because they cannot have one of their own, don't want to "wreck" their own bodies or are paying top dollar for those surrogates who are educated, test well, have high percentage of carrying to term and have pa Unlike books such as The Handmaid's Tale where "surrogates" are used to help continue the human population at a horrid price to the Handmaid's, The Farm gives immigrants and those who need money a chance to be a surrogate for those who have the finances to have a baby through them - either because they cannot have one of their own, don't want to "wreck" their own bodies or are paying top dollar for those surrogates who are educated, test well, have high percentage of carrying to term and have passed the vigorous application process. As if the Host's own genes will play some part in the implantation and vibrant being of this new baby. The catch, and there always is one, is that they are sequestered off to Golden Oaks for the duration of their pregnancy and have to abide by certain rules. This story revolves mostly around Jane, who leaves her own young daughter behind with the thought that in the long run, they will both be better off with the money that she makes to set up a better future. We also get introduced to Reagan and Lisa, two other Hosts at the Farm that make an impact on Jane. Rounding out this cast is Mae - who works for the company and as such can be manipulative to make sure things run as smoothly as possible, and Ate, Jane's aunt who suggested this process and is taking care of Jane's daughter in the interim. Ok, guys, I love this idea and I really wanted to love this book but it didn't quite work for me. I think I expected more manipulation and horror than I got - and I know, I know, it's already a horror show when it comes to women's bodies. I guess I was just expecting something.... more... from the story. There is a bit of an undertone through the book that suggests worse things are coming but yet we never get there. The classism and manipulation of the wealthy to the poor is fairly well sorted out and we do get the sense of doing what women need to do and the hard choices that are made as mothers, immigrants, poor women... but it doesn't quite hit the mark fully. The potential is there but the execution, for me, was a bit lacking. I also was a bit confused how we get to a certain point at the end of the book and then boom, we're now three years in the future and um... what? Not as seamless as it could've been. The subject matter is definitely a timely one. However, I felt I was going into this read on a more dangerous baby making farm type of read and instead I received something wholly different. Thank you to Random House for this copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    The book, about women and their relationship to a surrogacy farm for the ultra wealthy, doesn’t deliver on what I thought would be a thriller based on the book’s description, but rather, hits on lots of topics relevant in our global world full of racial and economic inequity. For me, the book was about Jane, a young Filipina woman working caregiving jobs, her infant daughter Amelia, and her auntie Ate (Evelyn) always hustling to make a life for her kids living back home who she hasn’t seen for d The book, about women and their relationship to a surrogacy farm for the ultra wealthy, doesn’t deliver on what I thought would be a thriller based on the book’s description, but rather, hits on lots of topics relevant in our global world full of racial and economic inequity. For me, the book was about Jane, a young Filipina woman working caregiving jobs, her infant daughter Amelia, and her auntie Ate (Evelyn) always hustling to make a life for her kids living back home who she hasn’t seen for decades. Jane winds up at the farm where she meets a couple of white ladies who experience even surrogacy in a way much different from her. The other really strong character for me is Mae, the mixed race mastermind behind the farm, who is trying to climb her way up the corporate ladder while having it all. I appreciate so much that this book makes so visible the domestic workforce that is underpaid and poorly treated in the West, and the pain and fear that comes with being separated from your child to raise someone else’s. It calls out racism, and colourism in wages and employment opportunities, and it absolutely raises questions about who gets to walk in the world with entitlement and privilege, even in less than ideal circumstances. I understand the use of Reagan (the white “premium” surrogate) as a foil, but I wish that this book could have been more racialized, with Reagan as much less of a character, and some of the other Filipina and Black women taking a more prominent role. What was it to be a surrogate and Black? I think there was lots of space to explore intersectionality within ethnicity that was hardly touched on. I also struggled sometimes with how Jane was characterized as so passive and so obedient, and I wonder if this began to skirt stereotype. I think that the biggest mystery was one that a reader could guess (I did), but that didn’t matter, because to me that’s not what the book was about. This was an exploration of love and building a life through inequity with no easy answers. An ambitious must-read. Thanks Net Galley for the ARC, opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ

    The concept was SO interesting - kudos to the author for that. I had high hopes for this novel and I wasn't disappointed. The author’s writing style was wonderful and really pulled me in. The dialogue was easy to follow and the subject matter was interesting and very serious. Women deal with body image and infertility issues all the time. The Farm is a brilliant novel, working on multiple levels, personally, politically, and everything in between. Joanne Ramos is one of those original writers who The concept was SO interesting - kudos to the author for that. I had high hopes for this novel and I wasn't disappointed. The author’s writing style was wonderful and really pulled me in. The dialogue was easy to follow and the subject matter was interesting and very serious. Women deal with body image and infertility issues all the time. The Farm is a brilliant novel, working on multiple levels, personally, politically, and everything in between. Joanne Ramos is one of those original writers whose sharp wit, insight and artistry is boiled down to such amazing lines that I was riveted throughout. How often do we get to read about women who are lively, nuanced, relatable and tough? There is much to like and talk about in this thought-provoking novel, but quite a few cringe-worthy moments too. As a woman, I was terrified, I was angry, and I was caught up in this story like a deer in the headlights. I absolutely cannot fathom being in any of their shoes. But what if? I could babble on about this book for hours, but I’d spoil the whole thing for you. I know this won’t be a book for everyone, and it’s not an easy read, but if you’re even the slightest bit intrigued by the synopsis, I say go for it. A gorgeous, compelling read---highly recommend! Thank you NetGalley, Random House and Joanne Ramos for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheFarm #NetGalley All my reviews can be found on my blog: https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Carrasco

    A promising idea that failed to live up to it's full potential.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura (lauralovestoread) Gelinas

    *Thank you @netgalley and @randomhouse for this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 📖WHAT I LOVED/THOUGHT: The Farm has been getting so much buzz, and I was excited to read it this year! I really loved the character driven parts of this story, and found myself really rooted to Jane. A mom, just wanting the best for her family and doing what she could with a chance at making a large impact financially, in exchange for being a “host” to deliver someone else’s baby. Reading the blurb of this book *Thank you @netgalley and @randomhouse for this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 📖WHAT I LOVED/THOUGHT: The Farm has been getting so much buzz, and I was excited to read it this year! I really loved the character driven parts of this story, and found myself really rooted to Jane. A mom, just wanting the best for her family and doing what she could with a chance at making a large impact financially, in exchange for being a “host” to deliver someone else’s baby. Reading the blurb of this book, I thought it might have some sci fi aspects to it, like all these women at a “farm”, working to carry babies until term and working for a government or something. However it was much different than I anticipated, and it brought light onto racial diversity, the concept of surrogacy, and socioeconomic aspects that really had me thinking. Needless to say I did enjoy it, it was just very different than what I expected. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Bookish

    My thanks to Random House & NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.  The synopsis for The Farm may have you expecting a dystopian novel of sorts, but the reality of the book is a lot closer to the real world than that. The Farm is less about government control run amok (à la Handmaid's Tale) than it is about blurry lines of consent surrounding bodily autonomy.  No one forces the women in thi My thanks to Random House & NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.  The synopsis for The Farm may have you expecting a dystopian novel of sorts, but the reality of the book is a lot closer to the real world than that. The Farm is less about government control run amok (à la Handmaid's Tale) than it is about blurry lines of consent surrounding bodily autonomy.  No one forces the women in this book to go to the Farm to carry someone else's baby, and they are paid quite handsomely for their troubles. But Ramos clearly wants the reader to ask which women had meaningful alternatives on the table and which did not. Entering a contract with Golden Oaks involves handing over all of one's own agency for the duration of the pregnancy. The women may be pampered at the Farm,  but they sign an NDA, are unable to leave the premises, their internet activity is monitored, and they must apply for the privilege of visits from family members. The women who enter these contracts are overwhelmingly non-white immigrants with few other prospects.  The novel switches perspectives between multiple women connected to the farm: Mae, the power hungry and wealthy woman running the operation, Jane, a young single mother and immigrant desperate for the paycheck, Reagan, an upper middle class white woman who signed up primarily to relinquish her financial dependence on her family, and Ate, Jane's older cousin who helped her get her "job" at the Farm. The differing perspectives really highlight the points Ramos wanted to raise in regards to privilege, but the sheer number of perspectives presented their own challenge. While Jane was definitely the most developed, none of these women ever felt really fleshed out, making it difficult to connect to the story.  The premise behind this novel is interesting and unique, and Ramos raises a lot of questions about agency and privilege. There was loads of promise in this book and there are moments that really shine, but the overall experience was just okay for me. No spoilers, but the resolution felt really lacking; the story skips forward several years for the epilogue, and the changes that have occurred in the interim feel unearned. All in all, this provides a lot of food for thought, but I wanted to love this book more than I did.  You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish! Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    This was quite a read. The Farm is a book that I have mixed feelings about. I cannot say I loved it but I CAN say it was an incredible read. Both of those things can be true. I am not going to do a plot review..so many others already have..but I will talk about my feelings abut this book. First off..nothing that occurs in The Farm is unlikely to actually happen..if it isn't already. The book just does an incredible job in showing the readers the difference in life styles between the Haves and the H This was quite a read. The Farm is a book that I have mixed feelings about. I cannot say I loved it but I CAN say it was an incredible read. Both of those things can be true. I am not going to do a plot review..so many others already have..but I will talk about my feelings abut this book. First off..nothing that occurs in The Farm is unlikely to actually happen..if it isn't already. The book just does an incredible job in showing the readers the difference in life styles between the Haves and the Have-nots. The top one percent and the people who are not as fortunate..or are they? I say this because the rich..in this book.. aren't very good people. Nobody working at the farm is a particularly good person. It is a creepy place to be. But I also have no problem seeing why someone would make the choice to work there as a surrogate. Jane is an amazing character. This book has been described as having characters "so real they could step off the pages". I agree with that. I wanted to give Jane a hug. The writer has done an amazing job bringing these people to life..all of them..and I've no doubt this will, at some point, be a film or even a TV series. How could it not be? And it is sure inspiring buzz. My favorite character was Reagan. I related to her and loved her in a way..she is someone I would choose to have as a friend. My feelings about Lisa are a bit more complex. This all being said, I didn't LOVE the book. I did not devour it in one sitting. I thought the creepy factor could have been amped up some, to show the horror of the Farm. There were moments of pure horror but not enough of those. I would have liked less emphasis on all the different characters and more on the sheer and utter dehumanizing of the women. And make no mistake that is what the farm does. It devalues everything..every good thing. Trust, honesty, loyalty, privacy, human decency..all of that is thrown out the window..not because of any caring for human life and babies but because of..plain and simple..money. These ladies are cash cows and nothing more. Not hard to envision this. But I did want more of the dread, not because I wanted to be scared but because I feel moments like that are pivotal in showing the..for lack of a better term..gross aspect of what is going on. We get some of that but not as much as I'd have liked. So, in closing, this is an important book. It's a serious book about reality and what it shows the reader, sadly is that reality can often suck. Sorry for the bluntness but it's true. The epilogue was a bit odd and I'd have liked more depth on that. I'd have also liked to have seen certain things rather then just been told of them..like a confrontation between Reagan and the Farm workers themselves. These are minor quibbles though. I did enjoy this read will be recommending it to others. My rating is four stars. This book will leave you talking.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    If sleep and work wouldn't have interfered with my reading time, I think I would have read The Farm in one sitting. I had such a hard time putting this one down! Although it's a little reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, insofar as young viable women have babies for the very rich, the premise of the book could (and probably is) taking place somewhere in the world right now, in some form. The Farm is all about the money! The women who are hired treat The Farm as a well paid job. For the ones who r If sleep and work wouldn't have interfered with my reading time, I think I would have read The Farm in one sitting. I had such a hard time putting this one down! Although it's a little reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, insofar as young viable women have babies for the very rich, the premise of the book could (and probably is) taking place somewhere in the world right now, in some form. The Farm is all about the money! The women who are hired treat The Farm as a well paid job. For the ones who run The Farm, it's all about the bottom line. I found this idea fascinating and can easily see this actually happening, if not now, then soon. The book is written from the POVs of 4 women. Mae, the woman who recruits the Hosts and the Clients and who runs The Farm; Jane, a Host who is a Filipino young woman with an infant daughter who needs the job to support her child; Ate, Jane's elderly cousin, who helped Jane to apply for the job and watches her daughter for her; and Reagan, another Host, who is a highly educated white woman who is trying to find her purpose in life. I was intrigued about this story from the minute I read the synopsis and it was even better than I expected! *Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an advanced copy of The Farm!*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 Stars You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... The Farm is a title that I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it. The idea of a farm for surrogates sounded really interesting, but the way Joanne Ramos wrote the story made it feel incredibly believable to the point that I though places like this could actually exist. The Farm also shed light onto what life can be like for illegal immigrants and how they could be taken advantage of. I found this book not only 3.5 Stars You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... The Farm is a title that I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it. The idea of a farm for surrogates sounded really interesting, but the way Joanne Ramos wrote the story made it feel incredibly believable to the point that I though places like this could actually exist. The Farm also shed light onto what life can be like for illegal immigrants and how they could be taken advantage of. I found this book not only to be entertaining, but also an important read. The book is told from three different view points, which I thought was done well as each character clearly had their own voice. I think that it really added to the story to see this plot from multiple angles, although I thought Mae's point of view was a little unrealistic. I know that Mae was supposed to be the villain in this story, but I think she could have been written better because she fell a bit flat for me. I did like Jane, even though she was a bit naive. I think that aspect of her personality made the story more believable, even though I found myself wanting to yell at her for her stupid and impulsive decisions. As far as the plot, I was a little disappointed. The Farm had a great idea behind it, but no good direction to take it in. I think I expected the plot to be more sinister. The beginning of the book was great, but after a while it became clear that this book wasn't really going anywhere. I do think it was an important book for me to read though, because I had never really fathomed how much people could really take advantage of illegal immigrants and I never really understood what life could be like for them. I think that The Farm had a great idea behind it, but not a great plot. I was fascinated by the idea, which was why I picked up the book in the first place. The idea of a farm of surrogates carrying rich women's babies was intriguing, but when those surrogates were illegal immigrants the story introduced the possibility for an abuse of power which made for a much more interesting story. I really enjoyed reading this book because it opened my eyes to a perspective that I hadn't seen or understood before. While I didn't love the direction that the plot went, I did love how it opened my eyes and the idea behind the novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Am I a bad person if I think The Farm isn't doing anything wrong? Surrogacy companies already exist for the rich and famous. The logical next step is to create a premium option where the surrogates not only carry the baby, but also spend the entire pregnancy in a spa-like environment so they can focus solely on growing the perfect baby. There isn't really any science fiction or dystopian themes here. But I still really enjoyed this book. The conflicts are mostly between the surrogates, called "hos Am I a bad person if I think The Farm isn't doing anything wrong? Surrogacy companies already exist for the rich and famous. The logical next step is to create a premium option where the surrogates not only carry the baby, but also spend the entire pregnancy in a spa-like environment so they can focus solely on growing the perfect baby. There isn't really any science fiction or dystopian themes here. But I still really enjoyed this book. The conflicts are mostly between the surrogates, called "hosts," and their families outside the farm. They are young and struggling and looking for an easy way out, which is why they are the perfect hosts. I've seen several reviews saying readers couldn't connect with the characters. I didn't have that problem at all. I liked their individual backstories, and I liked the inevitable cattiness within the group. This book doesn't have any new ideas or concepts that aren't in a hundred other books, but I don't think it has to.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy-GallivantingPages

    *** 2 Stars *** Publication Date: May 7th, 2019 Unfortunately this one did not work for me at all. I found this to be extremely boring and could barely get through it. The Farm refers to a "resort" where women sign up to be surrogates for wealthy people. They are paid extremely well however they are watched closely and there are some very unethical decisions being made at times. So yea, this happens in the world and people sign up to get paid to have babies and of course people involve race and cl *** 2 Stars *** Publication Date: May 7th, 2019 Unfortunately this one did not work for me at all. I found this to be extremely boring and could barely get through it. The Farm refers to a "resort" where women sign up to be surrogates for wealthy people. They are paid extremely well however they are watched closely and there are some very unethical decisions being made at times. So yea, this happens in the world and people sign up to get paid to have babies and of course people involve race and class into who they prefer as a 'host' to their child. I must of missed the premise of this, it just fell flat for me. Sorry! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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