Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ivy's Review on Drought

Author: Pam Bachorz (@pambachorz)
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Source: Bought
Rating: Unseekable
Extras: Ruby's Trailer, Ford's Trailer, Author Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
Ruby 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.
This review was updated May10, 2012.
I love the cover. The water covering half the word is goes perfectly with what the story is about. Her face also brings some chilling thoughts to the story.
All know that I am Otto’s daughter, and that makes me holy. But only the Elders and Mother know all of it. They know I bring my own gift to the Congregation, a gift that must stay hidden.
I read Pam Bachorz’s Candor. I loved Candor and heard about this book through her site. The summary and cover had me interested.

If you like dystopian tales, you might like this one. Only problem is, it’s not a dystopian tale.

Drought is set during our time. Ruby and her people are living in a forest away from cities and towns. You really don’t know its set in modern times until Ford comes into the picture. Ruby is their leader’s, Otto, daughter. He saved them but then disappeared. Ruby has his power though. Her blood is special.

Darwin, the guy who owns the property and Ruby’s people, thinks the water in the forest is special. He makes them collect every drop with plastic spoons. What he doesn’t know, it’s actually Ruby’s blood making the water special. Her blood heals people, like fully restoring them from their wounds. You get to see her magic at work in the story. She is there to help her people but she really just wants to escape
 Darwin’s property. With or without Ford.

The story is great in some parts, but it’s a slow read. I thought it was okay but not my favorite book. 

My favorite character was Ford. Even though he’s a guard, he goes through the conflict between what is right and what is wrong. I really disliked Ruby’s mother. She is supposed to be the leader but she is focusing so much on Otto coming back. Sometimes, you have to do what's best for others, not think about yourself.

My favorite part of the book was when Ford takes Ruby out on a date, and she tries some real food. Her reaction to it was fun to read.
Nothing to report. It looks like Pam is on vacation.

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