Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Drought by Pam Bachorz

DROUGHT by Pam Bachorz
Pub. Date: January 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
Source: Publisher

Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from struggling to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive--and Darwin rich. Escape from her certain, dreary existence, living as if it's still the early 1800s, when the Congregation was first enslaved. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient to the Water: her blood. So she stays, and prays to their savior Otto, who first gave Water to the Congregants... and fathered Ruby before he vanished.

When the Congregants discover Ruby's forbidden romance with an Overseer, they beat Ford to stop her from running away with him. Ruby steals their store of Water to save Ford's life and is banished. Ruby has everything she's dreamed of: a modern life with Ford. But the modern world isn't what she thought it would be, and Ruby can't forsake the Congregation. Love and loyalty push Ruby to return and fight for her family's freedom...at a terrible price.

Bachorz has created a compelling story about hope and survival. Ruby is the key to the Congregation’s survival - a secret that must be kept at all costs. Just like her mother, Ruby is fed up with the conditions that she & the congregation is forced to endure. With the greedy tyrant, Darwin, overseeing the harvest, Ruby can only hope that she will escape his rule. I was enamored with this novel.

Bachorz created another interesting world with some exciting characters. Ruby is brave and willing to take the punishments for the congregation's shortcomings when it comes to the water harvest. The conditions are unbearable and the punishments cruel. I rooted for Ruby the whole way as she longed for escape and the safety of the community.

Bachorz's portrayal of Ruby's internal struggles in having to choose between the loyalties of her people and escaping to a normal life is really what drew me into the story. The whole cult-like premise and the Congregation's faith in Otto continued to make me question Ruby's decisions. Bachorz's sophomore novel is just as impressive as CANDOR. I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for her readers next.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

19 comments:

Elie said...

GReat review. The first review I saw was horrible, and every one after that has been good. I just got this in the mail yesterday- great cover.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I agree. This sounds as great as Condor. Thanks for the great review.

Ammy Belle said...

That's an interesting review - I like books where the character must balance and then choose between the life she has and the life she wants..

Thanks! :)

dani_nguyen said...

Nice review. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

winnie said...

Thanks for the review! The book sounds very intriguing... it will now be going to my TBR pile!

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Orchid said...

Great review! I definitely want to read Drought now. Thanks for sharing. ^_^

Tammy said...

Sounds like an interesting book-your review has definitly grabbed my interest. Thanks.

Valia Lind said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for posting a review!!!

Barbara E. said...

This is the first I've heard of this book and now that I've read your review, I'm very interested in reading it.

pepsivanilla said...

This sounds like a great dystopian world she's created! Thanks for the review :)

Annie Boytim said...

I really can NOT wait to read this book it sounds soooo cool!!

Jessy said...

I read Candor and loved it, so I'm really looking forward to finding out what Pam has in store with Drought.
I'm glad to see you enjoyed this because I saw a couple of reviews that weren't very positive.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Sounds awesome. The kind've "cult" like aspect of it sounds intriguing. Like Candor, sounds like a unique story.

Bookish in a Box said...

This sounds like a really interesting take on dystopian. So glad to hear it's good!

Sophia said...

Wow great review! Drought sounds really intriguing-I love the plot line!

hense1kk said...

wow. cool review. I wonder how her blood gets added to the water...and why? maybe certain proteins or something? weird but awesome! I hope I get it!

Vivien said...

This sounds just like Pam. Great review.

Author Tommy Batchelor said...

Great review!!!!!!!

Lexus Salvatore said...

Lovely Review :)

 

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