Blurb: 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?(From Goodreads)
Opening Sentence: "I wish it would rain."
Length: Medium - 386 pages
Notes: 3.5 stars. I didn't have high expectations because of the reviews on Goodreads, but I actually kind of really liked it. I had a hard time putting it down, and the concept kind of drew me in. I think I would have given it a solid 4 stars, but the ending left me with that feeling of wanting something more.
Random quote: “I'm done waiting for someone, even my father, to save me. Today I'm the one who will be doing the saving.”
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