DryBook - 2018
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Alyssa lives in a quiet suburban street in California. The drought has been going on for quite awhile and the community knows to take precautions such as not watering lawns, not filling swimming pools, and taking short showers. Getting help from a neighbor who’s family have been disaster preppers for years, she sets out with her brother in search of her missing parents. She is forced to make impossible choices to survive.
Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
When the kitchen faucet first refused to work, 16-year-old Alyssa assumed that it was simply another result of her father’s ill-fated fix-it projects.
Soon, she knew better.
The tap wasn’t working because there was no water. None. There was no running water anywhere in the home, in the neighbourhood, the city or anywhere else in southern California.
Due to a prolonged drought residents had become used to water restrictions, but the sudden lack of any water at all was a shock. Surely the situation would soon change … wouldn’t it?
In local grocery stores supplies of bottled water were quickly depleted. People began to search everywhere for water. Alyssa’s parents decided to travel to a new water desalination plant on the coast but two days later, when they hadn’t returned, Alyssa and her 10-year-old brother left home to find them.
They encountered one obstacle after another. Then, as the days passed and people become desperate and even violent, the search for their parents became a search for safety, for refuge and for survival.
Neal Shusterman’s book - co-authored with his son - successfully delivers the gripping teen fiction that his readers have come to expect and enjoy. With its realistic plot and authentic characters, Dry is a disturbing exploration of the human character, revealing how very quickly society could deteriorate in the face of a sudden catastrophe or extreme circumstances.
** Recommended for ages 12 years and up.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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”When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.”
“As a kid you idolize your parents. You think they’re perfect, because they’re the yardstick by which you measure the rest of the world, and yourself. Then as teenager they just piss you off, because you realize that not only are they not perfect, but they may be even a little more screwed up than you. But there’s that moment when you realize they’re not superheroes, or villains. They’re painfully, unforgivably human. The question is, can you forgive them for being human anyway?“
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