When immigrant Jane is offered a chance to make a life-changing amount of money at Golden Oaks Farm, she hesitantly agrees. After all, she’s not left with many other options. Jane leaves her cramped Queens dorm that she shares with her baby daughter, her super-nanny cousin Ate, and a host of other immigrants, to become a Host. For the next nine months she’ll carry the unborn child of an ultra-rich Client. Every piece of food she consumes, every action she takes, every phone call she makes, will be monitored by the Coordinators, headed up by the ambitious Mae Yu. At first Jane marvels at her surroundings, more luxurious than she’s ever known herself, but fear soon sets in as she begins to fret about her daughter’s well-being and the other Hosts’ suspicions about Golden Oaks become her own.
I loved the concept of this book – a baby farm for the uber-rich which not-so-subtly exploits the desperation of these immigrant women. The writing was solid and engaging, but the story just didn’t really get going for me. [Spoilers ahead] I kept waiting for some big explosive revelation to occur, or some super sinister secret to be revealed about the Farm but it turns out that Golden Oaks, give or take a few little deceptions, was pretty much what it said on the tin.
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
The Farm will be published May 7th, 2019.
*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*