The Farm by Joanne Ramos


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

The Farm has a strong concept with very interesting moral concerns regarding surrogacy. On one side, it gives a couple the chance to have children when they are unable to but in Golden Oaks or “the farm” they go beyond that. They also cater to couples that have financial means to avoid slowing down their careers or impacting the look of their bodies. The Farm also hires, at most, low-income immigrant women as hosts or well educated white women as “premium” hosts.

In the book, the surrogate mothers have to sign contracts and are taken care of physically and mentally, and are paid a lot of money for their services. The whole feel of it is like the Big Brother show but with pregnant people. They enter the farm stripped of some of their possessions for the “safety” of the child they carry and with minimal contact with the outside world.

The story seemed very promising but it didn’t live up to my expectations. The story felt dragging for my liking and the characters didn’t hook me in enough. The storyline of the main characters, Jane and Reagan, is not as strong to keep me flipping through the pages.

Have your read The Farm? What are your thought?

x. Coco