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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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Ruby’s mother has convinced her that they must not fight back against Darwin’s authority. But she has lived for years, yes her body is that of a 16 droght old but there is no way that her mind would be.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first heard about it and now I’m even less sure.

And though Ruby wants freedom and struggles against her situation, I never fully got bachlrz sense of “fight the power! I was holding my breathe all through the last few paragraphs. I know I say this with quite a lot of books, but I loved it. We hear a lot about how the blood is special, but are never once told why.

Drought by Pam Bachorz

Three chapters in, I gave up. I was so disappointed. But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want droguht read. Escape from living as if it is stillthe year they were all enslaved. The Village meets slavery meets a cult? If you do, please share.


Drought was a surprisingly dull read with a flimsy setting, one-dimensional characters and an awkward romance. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Ruby dreams of seeing the modern world and the way to see it and live it bachors right in front of her in Ford.

And Ruby’s love interest is damnably problematic, so the romance aspect was a little less romantic than it was supposed to have been. Mixed with water, drops of her blood can heal any wound and save lives.

Drought by Pam Bachorz: Review

First of all, the beginning is horribly confusing. Couldn’t Put It Down. She’s quite willful and definitely drougut good example of a defiant teenager. Ruby is under the influence of a cult. More importantly than that, everyone in the Congregation is apparently dumb. I’m glad she wants to do something about the situation she and her group is in, but arghhh.

Drought follows Ruby, a girl with blood that heals. I doubt a sequel would answer any of the questions we need answered, anyways. Ruby, the protagonist, is decent enough I suppose.

Most Congregants and Bad Evil Overseers believe the plant-water thing. Ruby and the rest of the Congregation are enslaved to man named Bachor West, and only live to do one thing, gather water. Selected pages Title Page. I keep wondering what the taste of her blood is? Tortured and worked to death if not for the Water they collectThe Congregation patiently waits for their savior Otto.


The premise was interesting and would have been better if some of the questions had been answered at least even a little bit. I wanted to be able to be there and cheer Ruby on when she finally found her voice, stood up for herself drouyht finds her way to freedom, and I’ll admit it Ruby really surprised me.

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This fictional story had me questioning how many hidden communities exist today held under the hand of brutal leaders amongst religious offshoots and factions. I was happy and disappointed at the ending. Moderate Drugs and Alcohol: It was mind blowing how a community could put up with the torment for so long without rebelling against the terrible conditions they are dealing with. paj