Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

Title: The Droughtlanders

Author: Carrie Mac

Series: Triskelia (Book 1)

Summary: Eli and his brother Seth live in the Keylands. They have learned to remain in their cities away from the Droughtlands, barren patches of land filled with poverty and "sicks". Seth joins the Keyland guards who aim to rid the world of Droughlanders, and Eli whose eyes have been opened by his mother, aims to join the Droughlanders secret organization determined for equality between the two classes.
Thoughts: While dystopian books are usually awesome this was lacking. The setting doesn't initially seem that out there but has the full discovery quite quickly. Eli is of course the sensitive character who makes the realization that society isn't perfect. I found Eli to be slightly overdone as an underdog type character (he is overly meek and far more naive than his twin). He takes quite a while to deprogram (he is homophobic towards another character). Of course he seems more likable in comparison  to his evil twin Seth. Seth is a violent bully, however he manages to be morally sound than most of the guard. I found Seth's sudden burst of compassion a little out of character compared to the death he orchestrated at the beginning of the book. So while I wasn't completely happy with the characters, the logistics of the world held up quite well. The Droughtlands and Triskelia are quite well explained although I would like more details on the Keylands. As a warning people who like to shy away from the darker themes like drug addiction and rape probably won't be happy reading this.

Cover: I like the cover. Fits well with the rest of the series too.

Rating: 2/5 Stars (Not for everyone)

PS: The author is Canadian (from BC)!


  1. I like the cover too! Great review!

  2. I really like your in-depth review of the book.

  3. It's always nice to read a book from a Canadian author's point of view. :) Great, honest review!

  4. Cool review...will try to check it out some time.

  5. I'm usually up on my dystopia, but I haven't heard of this one.

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  7. I love your shirt! It's got the design of Andy Warhol, my favorite artist. Isn't that Chuck Norris on your shirt? I love him too....