Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Drought by Pam Bachorz

Available this January



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 live. Escape with Ford would be so simple.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possess 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 the haunting story of one community’s thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it.


Character Development: 7/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 5/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 56/70

Obtained: From Publisher (Egmont USA)

Age Appropriate? R

Cursing: Some
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: None
Sexual Content: Referenced
Disturbing Images/Violence: Murder, whipping, death, slavery

Pam Bachorz has a very eloquent, yet gripping writing style and a strong voice. Though the novel was set in a small strip of land, the simple little places in that perimeter were so vividly described and intriguing that the setting became one of the most powerful aspects of the book. Drought was a thought provoking novel about faith, love versus loyalty, and desperation.

The ending, however, left me feeling somewhat... incomplete. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it seemed too anti-climactic compared to the building tension. Maybe it seemed like Ruby was acting out of character. Maybe it seemed like so much was still unresolved, unanswered; like the solution Ruby chose was just too simple. Most likely, it was a mix of all of those things. Or maybe I just missed something and need to reread this particular book to somehow figure it out.

Drought was most definitely worth the read, though. The concept is intriguing, the writing is lovely, and the story, so filled with hope, yet so devastatingly brutal, demands the reader's attention.



  1. I've been thinking about reading this one. How did it compare to her debut novel Candor?

  2. I didn't ever read candor, so I'm not sure.

  3. Great review. Thanks for the caution about the ending. Merry Christmas!

  4. I just finished this and thought it was good but not great. I felt the same way about Candor. I had a hard time liking any of the characters which may be why I didn't enjoy it more.


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