Review: DROUGHT by Pam Bachorz

Pam Bachorz
400 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Source: ARC from Author
Rating:  LOVED

A young girl thirsts for love and freedom, but at what cost?

Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved.

When Ruby meets Ford—an irresistible, kind, forbidden new Overseer—she longs to run away with him to the modern world where she could live a normal teenage life. Escape with Ford would be so simple.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possesses the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special—her blood—and it’s the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without.

Drought is one of the first stand-alone novels I’ve read in a long time. At least, it seems to be a stand-alone novel for now. I know I say this with quite a lot of books, but I loved it. From start to finish, it was a beautiful, heartfelt ride. I felt I could connect with Ruby, the protagonist, through out most of the events. Even the bad guy – Darwin West – had cruelty that could be imagined. It’s not the type that’s impossible in this world, if you get my meaning.

I really liked the plot of the story. It was difficult to comprehend at first. But after about 75 pages, I fully understood what was going on.

Ruby’s blood is sacred, just like her father’s blood. Mixed with water, drops of her blood can heal any wound and save lives. Her father, Otto, is the Congregant’s – the people who work for the horrible Darwin West, the people who gather water with pewter spoons from the leaves and plants and fill their cups to meet his impossible quotas – savior. They all wait for him to come and take them away from Darwin West.

But they’ve been waiting for 200 years (the Water, water mixed with Ruby’s blood, lengthens their lives dramatically), and Ruby is tired of waiting. Tired of listening to her mother and the Congregants who tell her they must wait and endure until Otto returns.

Thoughts of rebellion and freedom fill Ruby’s head. The new Overseer only makes it worse. But she can’t leave them – she is the Congregants’ Leader. They need her. But would they help her in return? Do they even love her for who she is, not her blood? Ruby learns the truth in the most horrifying way.

Pam Bachorz came up with an amazing storyline for Drought. You will definitely enjoy Ruby’s unique voice and have no sympathy for Darwin West. All in all, Drought is one book you just can’t miss, and ironically, it will leave you thirsting for more.

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January 23, 2011



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    DJ's Life in Fiction

    January 25, 2011

    I can't wait to read this! Great interview! It's good to know Ruby is relatable and that the plot ends up being just as good as it sounds. :-)

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    January 25, 2011

    This looks great! Can't wait to get it. Nice review!

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    January 25, 2011

    I want to read this one even more now thanks to your review !! I love this cover and the plot seems so interesting !! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I so have to buy it now !!

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    January 25, 2011

    This book sounds really good. I haven't heard of it yet so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    Sniffly Kitty

    January 26, 2011

    I love the cover of this one, but I'm a but worried about the religious overtones (undertones?) of this one o_0

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    The Total Book Nerd

    February 3, 2011

    Love the book cover! :D

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    February 5, 2011

    Fabulous interview! It got me so pumped for this book. I love Dystopia and this one seems wonderful! Thanks for the review!

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    February 7, 2011

    Awesome Review!
    I soooo love the cover of this book and I'm super excited to get my hands on it! :)

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    December 25, 2012

    I guess I need to read this one soon. It's been on my shelves for MONTHS. Sounds promising!!