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 Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved. 

When Ruby meets Ford--an irresistible, kind, forbidden new Overseer--she longs to run away with him to the modern world, where she could live a normal teenage live. Escape with Ford would be so simple.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possess the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special--her blood--and it's the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without.

Drought is the haunting story of one community’s thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it.

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    Honors for DROUGHT:


    • Indie Next selection
    • YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominee
    • Nominee for the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project list


    Praise for DROUGHT:

    --"Bachorz again carves out a compelling niche in the dystopian genre...a complex, provocative exploration of loyalty, community, family, and belief." - Publishers Weekly

    --"Especially vivid and interesting intriguing story with depth." - Kirkus

    --"Bachorz uses this dystopian premise to explore powerful themes of faith and loyalty, freedom and slavery... [a] brooding, thought-provoking story." --Booklist

    --"I really can't compare it to anything else... captivating." --Jen Bigheart, I READ BANNED BOOKS

    --"Readers will be talking about Drought for days, maybe even months after reading it... one that may make it into the "Required Reading Lists" at the high school level. " --Pamela Thompson, YOUNG ADULT BOOKS-WHAT WE'RE READING NOW

    --"I did not read the last page until 4:30 in the morning...I highly recommend it." --Mrs. V's Reviews

    --"A compelling dystopia tale...another Egmont winner!" --Kim Bacciella, YoungAdultBooksCentral

    --"The writing was superb...a wonderful novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat." --The Electrical Book Cafe

    --"Riveting and deep...the ending is a shocker." --Fire and Ice

    --"Flipping fantastic...Ruby was strong, relentless and brave." --Liz, Cleverly Inked

    --"A tightly woven dystopian novel that'll keep teens on the edge of their seats, rooting for Ruby to the last." --ABBY the LIBRARIAN

     --"From start to finish, it was a beautiful, heartfelt book you just can't miss." --Icey Books

    --"Creative, absorbing and shocking." --Mary, The Book Swarm

    --"A shocking, thought-provoking and original novel". --Luisa, Chicklish