To be clear, though this may seem redundant, my star rating reflects my overall enjoyment of the book and not my perception of the quality of the writing or the book's literary value.
This was a well written book and I daresay it was "really good", I just didn't particularly like it. I found it to be incredibly depressing. And I have a bone to pick with the writer of the blurb because I disagree that this book is about choosing between freedom or giving in to love. I don't think there was ever any love involved.
It was a difficult read because it dragged me down and because it was pretty dry. I guess this reflected the plot element of the drought? They didn't get a reprieve so neither did we? I don't know. Overall it was a decent book and I am glad I read it, but it's not something I would read again.