Dry

Dry

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.Until the taps run dry.Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt...

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Title:Dry
Author:Neal Shusterman
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Edition Language:English

Dry Reviews

  • April

    I can definitely see this becoming a movie.

  • Valentina

    I got this book because of a Bookbub promo (yes, again!) where the price of 0,00$ looked way to good to be true, and it was. Because I soon realized it was only a sample. Anyway, I got so hooked on the plot that I ended up getting the rest of the book, and I’m happy I did. This book was unputdownable. Not once did I check how many pages were left in a chapter, probably because I was too busy worrying and cursing when another sip of water proven undrinkable (not to mention my longing for Alyssa a

    I got this book because of a Bookbub promo (yes, again!) where the price of 0,00$ looked way to good to be true, and it was. Because I soon realized it was only a sample. Anyway, I got so hooked on the plot that I ended up getting the rest of the book, and I’m happy I did. This book was unputdownable. Not once did I check how many pages were left in a chapter, probably because I was too busy worrying and cursing when another sip of water proven undrinkable (not to mention my longing for Alyssa and Kelton to realise they were made for each other!). Oh, and what about the fact that Neal Shusterman’s co-author is his son? I mean how cool and heart-melting is that?!

  • katwiththehat

    What an amazing book! I love the way Neal Shusterman always takes a what-if scenario and morphs it to freaky disaster proportions. In this case, he and co-author Jared Shusterman have got a not-too-improbable scenario where southern California is having a drought, and FEMA decides to prefer one disaster over another while leaving some citizens hung out to dry (gee, THAT hasn’t happened in recent history.) When the water in the taps gets shut off and suddenly all that’s left is what was in your h

    What an amazing book! I love the way Neal Shusterman always takes a what-if scenario and morphs it to freaky disaster proportions. In this case, he and co-author Jared Shusterman have got a not-too-improbable scenario where southern California is having a drought, and FEMA decides to prefer one disaster over another while leaving some citizens hung out to dry (gee, THAT hasn’t happened in recent history.) When the water in the taps gets shut off and suddenly all that’s left is what was in your house or on the store shelves the moment the taps ran dry, predictably, humankind turns into a pack of savages, or as Shusterman(s) call it—water zombies.

    And really, this DOES have the feel of a zombie book, in an absolutely cool way. There is almost no humanity in the behavior we see portrayed in sickening detail, from stores, to mobs, to price gougers, to opportunists, to predatory. It is sickening, and the sad thing is, while you want to curl your lip in disgust and swear these creatures are beneath you, that you would never do something like this, the flip side of this coin is how realistically the authors paint their desperation. Is it any easier to stand by and do nothing while you watch your loved ones die before your eyes? How many of us wouldn’t pick up spears and turn feral if it was the only way to survive? A truly great Shusterman book.

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    Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    My favourite thing about Neal Shusterman’s books is that they really make me think and see the world differently. This was such an intense survival story!

  • Emily May

    It's unsettling how

    . Maybe it works so well because the concept is so relevant and believable - a severe drought in Southern California is hardly fantastical - but it also has a lot to do wi

    It's unsettling how

    . Maybe it works so well because the concept is so relevant and believable - a severe drought in Southern California is hardly fantastical - but it also has a lot to do with the way the Shusterman duo writes.

    In a style somewhat reminiscent of storytellers like

    , the authors paint this dystopian picture slowly, gradually, introducing a fairly large cast of characters along the way. The horrors creep quietly into a world that very closely resembles our own, making them easy to believe in. What is first a subdued desire for water becomes a pressing need, which in turn becomes an obsessive frenzy.

    You can tell a lot of thought has gone into how people would behave when their lives (or worse-- the lives of their families) become threatened by a lack of water. When the people in

    become desperate, it’s amazing and terrible what can be seen as a source of water. And let me tell you: the authors and the characters in this book get VERY creative on that front.

    The way the characters are used to tell the story here might not suit everyone. The Shustermans bring in many different perspectives in order to capture all angles of the water craze rather than focusing on one or a few individuals. I can pinpoint the main characters as Alyssa, Kelton, Garrett and Jacqui (who is freaking awesome, by the way) but I would still say this is more a book about the bigger picture, which includes many people's perspectives across the course of the novel. The characters are left racially ambiguous, some described as "olive-skinned" but of indeterminate race.

    It's a

    and so a whole lot is covered in these 350 pages. We see how a survivalist family first thrives but then becomes a target; we see how kind neighbours become enemies; we see an entrepreneurial few try to capitalize on the new hot commodity; we see the ugliness that can quickly rear its head when people are desperate.

    I thought it worked really well at creating a sense of desperation and paranoia. It made ME want to go stock up on emergency supplies (I swear I'm not even joking. I found myself on

    after reading it.) Very convincing and discomfiting.

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  • Emma Giordano

    A solid 4 star read! I very much enjoyed this book. A fantastic exploration of human nature, environmentalism, and survival. A word of advice – don’t read this book without a beverage near you. I promise, you will become VERY thirsty.

    CW: violence, murder/death, sexual harassment (quid pro quo), mention of “peeping toms”

    is an extremely jarring novel as it a story that is so much closer to our reality than almost any novel I’ve ever read. The entire time I was reading, I was faced with the act

    A solid 4 star read! I very much enjoyed this book. A fantastic exploration of human nature, environmentalism, and survival. A word of advice – don’t read this book without a beverage near you. I promise, you will become VERY thirsty.

    CW: violence, murder/death, sexual harassment (quid pro quo), mention of “peeping toms”

    is an extremely jarring novel as it a story that is so much closer to our reality than almost any novel I’ve ever read. The entire time I was reading, I was faced with the actuality that something like this could happen at ANY moment. It forces you to place yourself in the shoes of the protagonists and wonder not only what you would do to survive, but also how far you would actually go. Much of the content of this story is extremely unsettling because it is so. authentic. It reveals the darkest parts of our true humanity that none of us want to confront until it’s too late. There is so much nuance to how the characters think and react to this situation that it’s impossible for me to fully cover in a short review. For this reason, I believe this is a truly spectacular novel about the depths of humanity and the desperation of survival.

    I’m slightly conflicted on the main cast of characters, but I overall enjoyed them. Though some have their eccentricities (such as coming from a family that happens to be intense survivalists), I feel they all remained authentic teens throughout the course of the story. Often times, especially in fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian young adult novels, the teens will frequently act MUCH older than their specified ages. Despite that the protagonists are forced well out of their comfort zones and put in extremely trying situations, they still maintain their personalities and their youth which I greatly enjoyed. Each character is very unique, their voices are unmistakable distinct, and they all provide value to the story.

    The one element I felt was missing from the story was a greater acknowledgment of the global water crisis. I want to be extra careful discussing this point because I

    believe the authors are ignorant on this topic whatsoever – I had the opportunity to listen to both authors speak about

    and it is extremely obvious they did extensive research for this novel as well as truly care about accessibility to clean water for all. I personally just felt this novel was a bit too American-centric. I would have been a bit more satisfied to see more of an in-text acknowledgement that lack of water is no unique situation and nearly 800 million people live without it every day. Also at the

    even, the authors discussed that they wanted to shy away from making a very political statement within the pages of the novel, hence why the dedication is the “call to action” of the story, so I see what they were going for. I just personally think the global crisis had a place in this novel that wasn’t fulfilled.

    Overall, I really am pleased I read

    . It is definitely not my favorite Neal Shusterman book I’ve ever read as a huge fan of his books, but it maintains all of what I love from him. His descriptive writing style, fantastic world building (though the story takes place in a 100% real world setting, the set-up of the “Tap-Out” and course of it’s severity was extremely well done) and the thought-provoking nature of his storylines makes for another wonderful novel I would absolutely recommend.

  • C.G. Drews

    I have drunken more water while reading this book than I've drank in my entire life so like 10/10 this book will remind you to HYDRATE. Forget putting a reminder on your phone to drink more -- just read DRY and you will start crying over a tiny cup of water with gratitude.

    Also I have a question: why do Neal Shusterman books ALWAYS LEAVE ME THOROUGHLY TRAUMATISED I CAN'T EVEN.

    (Also love how this is a father/son author collab! That's pretty cool to raise your

    I have drunken more water while reading this book than I've drank in my entire life so like 10/10 this book will remind you to HYDRATE. Forget putting a reminder on your phone to drink more -- just read DRY and you will start crying over a tiny cup of water with gratitude.

    Also I have a question: why do Neal Shusterman books ALWAYS LEAVE ME THOROUGHLY TRAUMATISED I CAN'T EVEN.

    (Also love how this is a father/son author collab! That's pretty cool to raise your kids to be writers! Although logically if I have children someday I will raise them to be chefs so they can feed me while I write. But that is a tangent.)

    It's an apocalyptic road trip with super high stakes (find water vs

    ) and throws us into a world where you can't turn the tap on and take a drink. In fact, there is no water to be had anywhere. Obviously humans need water to survive more than

    , so watching the universe spiral out of control so fast and viciously was both terrifying and absolutely realistic. This book is dedicated to climate change and, woahhhhh, it is such a slap in the face. Which is GOOD. We all need this slap. Holy heckkk though. Why did we break our planet.

    I felt all sorts of warm things for the characters at the end, but I admit the beginning took me

    a while to warm up to them. The focus is the PLOT and the PREMISE instead of the characters...which is a downside for me. But won't be for all!

    so we have...

    | who's personality was honestly "being trustworthy" and while I liked her, I don't know her at all tbh

    | he's the nextdoor kid that Alyssa always thought was creepy because his dad is a seriously "THE APOCALYPSE IS COMING" dude and totally lives for survival...like they own generators and their house is a fortress and they are pREPPED for the end of the world. I really liked Kelton! He is weird and awkward and cute and ... yeah kind of scary.

    | he's Alyssa's 10yo little brother

    | I swear she is the best thing ever. She kind of just gets tangled up in their journey due to circumstances but she is TERRIFYING and will bite things and if she yelled at the sky, 100% chance it would just rain. I LOVE HER

    | he is a little Slytherin piece of cunning nastiest and he is SO slimy but I loved his inclusion into the story because it really messed with the dynamics?! so intriguing

    Very much action and adventure and while journey-plots aren't my fav (I just wanna get there already) it kept my attention! And it kept the tension SO TAUT. I had literally no prediction of if these kids would find water or dIE or if the world would just turn into a savage raging beast?!?

    I am actually the stressiest.

    And it, of course, talks about how far people will fall in the face of death and tragedy. Like what would YOU do for water if you hadn't had any for 2 days??? Things like this change people and it's terrifying and chilling and I found it so realistically done. This book is so much about horrible things.

    That's how vivid it was!

    Bring some water with you while you read because you will need it. It is more about the desperate race to get water

    as opposed to really developing the characters (it reminded me of the Gone series actually) but it's captivating. And STRESSFUL.

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    This book is about Southern California running out of water. The situation is dire, but good fucking god, the main (female) character in this book is so mind-numbingly dumb that I don't want some water after drinking book, I want some fucking vodka, dammit. Yeah. I know the kids in this book are teenagers, but OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO STUPID. I am not exaggerating. I was literally gritting my teeth at the questionable decisions that were made in this book.

    First off, the premise. I liked it. This ne

    This book is about Southern California running out of water. The situation is dire, but good fucking god, the main (female) character in this book is so mind-numbingly dumb that I don't want some water after drinking book, I want some fucking vodka, dammit. Yeah. I know the kids in this book are teenagers, but OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO STUPID. I am not exaggerating. I was literally gritting my teeth at the questionable decisions that were made in this book.

    First off, the premise. I liked it. This near-future situation is pretty damn terrifying. I've lived in SoCal for almost all my life. First Orange County, now Los Angeles proper. For the past...10? years or so, we've had terrible droughts. People make fun of Southern Californians because we freak out at:

    1) cold weather (read: less than 60 degrees)

    2) rain

    Here's my bunny in a raincoat. He has never actually needed it because, again, we don't get rain.

    I'm not kidding. I love it here but it is absolutely hilarious how all the TV stations are like STORM WATCH every time a dark cloud rolls in. Every damn winter. But in any case, we freak out so much over rain because WE DON'T GET ANY OF IT. We've been under a water conservation order for so long now I can't even remember. Our lush green hills have been brown for the better part of a decade.

    So yeah, the threat of NO WATER is very, very real, and very, very terrifying. I feel like the situation in the book could actually happen, down to the riots for water.

    BUT THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE SOOOOOOO STUPID. I absolutely abhorred the idiotic main character, who just so conveniently lived next to a dorky next door neighbor whose entire family are hardcore survivalists, who talk like this...

    OH MY GOD PERSONAL ZIP FILE!!!!!!!!!! REALLY?!

    But he wasn't terrible. The main character is terrible. Her entire POV is a series of regrettable situations that put not only her, but her friends, and neighbors in danger. I wanted to strangle her. Yes, I have many feelings about this book. I cannot stand an annoying, stupid narrator. So as much as I liked the premise, this book is not for me.

  • Yusra  ✨

    release day TOMORROW i’m so ready for thisssss

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