DROUGHT by Pam Bachorz
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