Release Date: January 25, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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?
Drought is one of those books where I just really don’t know what to say. The premise of the story was great and very intriguing, but I just didn’t love the execution. Don’t get me wrong! I still enjoyed the story, I just have complaints too. I have very mixed feelings.
Ruby, the main character, was a little hard to relate to. That’s understandable because of the way she was raised. She’s naive and completely out of touch with anything modern. The Congregants are basically a cult that do actually have some sort of power. At least, Ruby does.
I’m a huge fan of dystopia, but I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for Drought. I kept wanting to know what the outside world was like, because how could these people live like this? I had questions that didn’t get answered, but that just guarantees that I will read a sequel!
Although, I’ve said some negative things, I did enjoy the book as a whole. The premise was original and I had to keep turning pages to find out more. I recommend it to anyone who likes dystopia.