“acutely observed scenes that place reproduction within an intricate web of class, gender and race”

The Farm is crammed with acutely observed scenes that place reproduction within an intricate web of class, gender and race … social ambiguities are finely etched …

The Farm doesn’t present a full-bore dystopia so much as occupy an uncomfortable space between now and the near future: if such an ultra-elite surrogacy venture doesn’t exist already, it surely will soon. In fact, the villain in The Farm is arguably unfettered capitalism. Mae truly believes the Hosts are “treated extremely well, and they’re compensated more than adequately for their efforts”. Yet while the wombs of Jane and friends may not be subjugated by force, the chasm of socioeconomic inequality throws free choice into doubt: the dystopia is now.” –Benjamin Evans, The Observer