This riveting novel explores cultlike beliefs and faith, with an eerily vivid dystopian twist. Filled with hope within despair, Drought is an inspiring yet sad novel that will leave an impression.
Ruby and the Congregation have lived for 200 years, working as slaves under Darwin and the Overseer’s rule. The power of the eternal water comes from Ruby’s blood, for she is the daughter of Oscar, the man the Congregation is eagerly awaiting to save them. But when Ruby falls in love with Ford, an overseer who is not like the rest of them, she must choose — a happy life on the outside, or the Congregation. (EGMONT, Feb., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781606840160, HC, 12 & Up)