Updated: Aug 5, 2018
In this bonus episode, Melissa interviews Lisa about her book, The Farmed. Listen in...Bonus Episode- Lisa Caskey's The Farmed
Lisa and I are still getting our podcast legs, but we sure are excited about our show! In this episode, we introduce ourselves and summarize what we have in store for you. There will be two seasons of the Indie Chicks podcast each year during the summer and winter. During our shows, we will highlight important independent publishing issues and dilemmas that either our listeners or we have faced, reviews of independent authors including some interviews, and end each show with a Publishing Tip of the Week.
I had lots of interesting questions for Lisa during our interview, including her main character, Winnie, setting (particularly the area of San Francisco called The Loin), her writing process, and her journey to publication. Lisa talked about some of her trials and tribulations in self-publishing as well as what she enjoyed the most about writing The Farmed. I also talked about my thoughts about her dystopian YA novel.
Here's my review of The Farmed:
"A for Adam," was one of my favorite lines from Lisa Caskey's The Farmed. 'A' is also for awesome, which is what I thought of this sci-fi dystopian YA novel. Caskey paints a disturbing future with the United States in ruins, destroyed by nuclear war. A perfect breeding ground (pun intended) for government conspiracy, oppression, human farming, and an underground society of rebels. When I first started the book, the social hierarchy (those in power, those not, and the rebels) reminded me of something I had recently watched, and, by the end of the book, I recalled what it was--the USA network show, Colony, but without an alien invasion. Like Colony, The Farmed delivers on the tension between the have's and the have not's. That coupled with human genetic experimentation makes for an excellent read!
The main character, Winifred Kimball, known as Winnie, wakes up to find herself a prisoner in San Francisco, one of the last cities left. Her captors are the Council, a powerful group in charge of what remains of the United States. Winnie is special, and even though she's from...the Loin (the have not's), the Council has big plans for her. That sets the stage for what endures for the remainder of the novel--a great escape, tons of action, a telepathic new bestie named Rose, an underground adventure, and all-beef hot dogs. Not to mention a dreamy love interest named Eric, disturbing hallucinations, fajita night, and much more!
This is a great read for anyone who liked the series, Colony or The Passage by Justin Cronin. Seriously, pick this one up, you won't regret it.
Check out The Farmed on Amazon!