Drought-- Pam Bachorz

Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Genre:  Romance, Paranormal, Religion, Cult
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 400
Rating: or
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Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved.

She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood.

So she stays.

But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known
Review:  You probably noticed the variable rating. I'll get to that later.

This book was not at all what I was expecting. It had some crazy stuff in it. First of all, it was essentially about a cult. And at first it didn't bother me, but as the book progressed I started to feel really weird and uncomfortable. Secondly, the whole "supernatural/religion" thing was really odd. I wanted to know more about it. How it worked, why it worked, etc. etc. But that wasn't ever really flushed out.

And now we'll get to the variable rating.

The ending of this book was very unsatisfying and inconclusive. When I finished it I thought "well, that was lame. But I'm excited for the sequel!" However, when I asked Pam Bachorz when there was going to be a sequel, she responded: "Would love to do a DROUGHT sequel but not sure yet."

Wait. There might not be a sequel?

Therefore, if this book is the first part of a series then I think it's pretty good. It had plenty of twists and turns and I'm excited to find out more.

HOWEVER, if this is a stand-alone, then I really don't like it. It doesn't explain anything enough and the ending was WEAK.

So my recommendation would be that you read this book IF there is a sequel announced at some point. However, if this is a stand alone then I don't think this book is worth it. It's got a lot of really strange stuff in it that, if not explained, is just annoying.

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  1. I couldn't figure out the religion at all. Who was Otto? Where did they come from? Why did they live so long? What was it about her blood that healed people?

    I feel the same as you that if this is part of a series, it wasn't too bad, but if it's stand alone, a lot of the plot was very weak.

  2. I was really looking forward to Drought and Water Wars this month but it seems as if they are both dissapointing. That's unfortunate....
    Truly Bookish

  3. Hey-

    I am a big fan of your blog! I purchase many of the books you review on here. I just wanted to let you know that if you happened to add an Amazon affiliate link that goes to the *kindle* book page, I'm sure that at least I would use it. Anyway, keep on posting!

  4. What a great suggestion! I will certainly do that. :)

  5. It was quite confusing to me as well, though I thought parts of it were very interesting. I would have thought there'd be a sequel or even a companion book (I'd love to read about Ruby's mom and Otto and Darwin). Hm...


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