Pam Bachorz is the author of young adult novels CANDOR and DROUGHT. A young girl thirsts for love and freedom, but at what cost? Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Seventeen-year-old Ruby has special blood that, when mixed with water, helps her fellow Congregants. She longs to help her people escape enslavement, and .

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The forbidden love between the two main character seemed pretty forced to me. Probably one of the worst books I have ever read. Darwin basically has the Congregation around as bachofz cash cows. What is this book going to be about? Heck, even ignoring that, you wonder that this being set in modern times, how the man can keep all of these people locked up and forced to work for him.

All the negative reviews I see for this book surprise me.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. Nov 15, Abi L. What is this book, dystopian, christian allegory? Account Options Sign in.

I was left with the feeling that they were all kind of getting what they deserve. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Has this book got simmilar atmosphere? Ruby has to choose between her family or her new l This 17 year old girl named Bacyorz is the daughter of Otto, a god.

This book was interesting, the plot was good. Ruby wants to leave, walk into the forest and never look back, but her loyalty keeps her grounded. That’s how she lives everyday when she knows everyone is in their cabins and she knows bachora Overseers aren’t watching. The water, which is believed to have healing properties, can only be extracted by scraping water off leaves in the woods.

She desperately wants to she dreams of perhaps finding Otto and bringing him back to rescue everyone elsebut she knows if she leaves, everyone will die without her blood. Ruby discovers his body and heals him and decides that this is not the place she thought it was.


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Drought was almost a DNF for me. You have no idea what time period it is, what’s really happening, why things are happening, and while I dislike info dumps, a little explanation here and there wouldn’t be remiss. This would be a great book for a club or discussion group: I get that Otto is never coming back, but so much else is left unanswered. And why their blood was so sacred.

I think Pam made her point with Drought and that was to make the reader think. She was strong; she was a fighter, and a survivor. Couldn’t Put It Down. Yes, I read that right- they have been living like this for years, stuck in time, while the world outside has continued unknowingly and become the normal modern one in which we all live comfortably.

It left me cringing and covering my eyes with despair, yet I could not stop reading. Bwchorz plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Vrought that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power.

Nor did he believe her about her blood. He abandoned them to the cruelty of Darwin West, who uses them to harvest Water, which helps to cure wounds and make people live longer. I kept waiting and waiting for Ruby to pak a stand The drouhht fits really well with the story. Pam paints a very vivid picture of what it must be like to be in a cult, and I liked the history that is explained in the story as to why there is a group of people isolated from civilization for over years.

Drought by Pam Bachorz

Ruby is a teenager, but one who has been growing up for a long time. This book was really enjoyable to read with random twists throughout I really hope there is a sequel so I can see what path the author starts taking.


I started out irked that Ruby would stand aside and allow her mother to get beat the way she did and never speak up, though many times she bachofz to. He had magical immortality-giving blood, knocked up Sula, then left. It’s all Ruby’s ever known–that, and that she’s Otto’s child, giving her blood to keep the Water ready while they wait for Otto’s return someday.

Please provide an email address. Why do they believe in Otto? The story takes place in modern times, though it is hard to tell. I thought this was quite a unique book. No one in the book changes from beginning to end, except for Ruby admitting maybe love is possible.

Or maybe that’s just what she’s supposed to say. That is until Ford shows up as one of the new guards. I even held my breath during the last paragraphs because that kind of ending never ,ever passed through my mind.

They are all living the same dreadful life for one reason or another. He thinks this because Ruby’s mother told him that so that he wouldn’t suspect that it was the blood that contained the power. I’d like to see a prequel or sequel to this novel and see where it goes. The premise was interesting and would have been better if some of the questions had droight answered at least even a little bit.

Because the water that the Congregation collects is able to heal wounds and extend one’s lifespan. And as cliche as the situation is, Bachorz still seems to keep the romance fresh and intriguing.

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