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Drought

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

Water is precious. Water has made slaves out of Ruby's people. While the rest of the world lives normally, Ruby and the people in what is referred to as the Congregation spend their days gathering water. Although there is a small lake nearby, the members of the Congrega...
Water is precious. Water has made slaves out of Ruby's people. While the rest of the world lives normally, Ruby and the people in what is referred to as the Congregation spend their days gathering water. Although there is a small lake nearby, the members of the Congregation are forced to seek water in the forest. Each one armed with simple tools, a spoon, and a cup, they struggle in the oppressive heat to collect water drop by tiny drop. They are forced by the Overseers, led by a tyrant named Darwin, to gather their daily quota. Failure to meet their quota earns them a beating. Members of the Congregation are unique. Ruby, for instance, is two hundred years old, but she doesn't look a day older than seventeen. Blessed from birth with some special power in her blood, she is destined to be the group's leader, perhaps sooner than even she expects. The Congregants follow a mysterious leader they call Otto. According to her mother, Otto is Ruby's father. He left before she was even born, and now the group works tirelessly and waits for his return and the hope that he will set them free. But the wait is taking its toll on the members. Some are losing faith, and arguments between them threaten to weaken the group. Also, secrets known to only a few could either save them or cause a rebellion. Most evenings, Ruby visits the huge cisterns that stores the gathered water until the Visitor comes to collect from the containers. The purpose of her nightly visits is to add drops of her own blood to the water, creating a life-sustaining element to the liquid. Like her father, she possesses the power that has allowed her people to carry on for centuries. During one visit to the cisterns, Ruby meets an Overseer named Ford. He treats her kindly, and a friendship begins to form. Soon, Ruby finds herself thinking about Ford all the time and watching for him as she collects her quota every day. He may represent her chance for freedom, or her destruction if he reveals the mysterious power of her blood. Pam Bachorz is the author of CANDOR, another unusual dystopian YA novel. DROUGHT presents the secret world of a group still living in the past but working to provide for the world of the future. Bachorz takes her readers into the life of Ruby and her people to illustrate the unreasonable and frightening control one group of people can hold over another.

posted by TeensReadToo on June 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This book stunk!

I got this book on overdrive, thank goodness I didn't actually have to pay for it! I almost always finish a book, but this one was so lame, I quit after about half of the book. I love fantasy and things that aren't all that realistic, but the thought of a colony of pe...
I got this book on overdrive, thank goodness I didn't actually have to pay for it! I almost always finish a book, but this one was so lame, I quit after about half of the book. I love fantasy and things that aren't all that realistic, but the thought of a colony of people living like they're in the 17 or 1800s but in present day and being 200 plus years old and acting like a more than naive teenager is just out there. I didn't find a single character I could identify with, I just don't enjoy a book where people don't stick up for themselves. If that sort of thing bothers you too, I wouldn't recommend this book, in fact I wouldn't recommend it to people it doesn't bother either.

posted by lovin_er_books on May 4, 2011

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