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A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.
Publisher: New York, New York : Simon and Schuster BFYR, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781481481960
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shusterman, Jarrod - Author


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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

Most dystopic books have a fantasy feel with some outrageous ideas of what could happen in extremes. This book is the opposite. It is so realistic that we could see this happen any day! California indeed struggles with drought and water supply just as in this book. It is a clear demonstration of what fear and desperation can do to otherwise caring, generous, kind, law-abiding citizens, especially within a crowd mentality. The scariest part of this book is the truth that it represents that could be coming just around the corner. It is unsettling for sure!

Oct 05, 2020

Cant believe that stupid kid brought water to the neighbors house what a moron

Aug 10, 2020

Dry, written by Neal Shusterman and his son, Jarrod Shusterman, is a realistic portrayal of what might happen if Southern California suddenly were to run out of water. As the "Tap-Out" continues, the characters must make difficult decisions about who will help. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s amazing how I could picture everything that was happening in my head. I loved how it switched perspectives because it showed what each character was thinking and created just enough drama to keep you wondering. Overall, this is an amazing book and I would suggest it to anyone over the age of eleven. I rate this book 4.9/5 stars. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 31, 2020

The read won't see reader drop dead within one week but thirst will do that.
Nor is a drought required. The USA has previously learned only 3 WMD's in
orbit over North America are needed to generate sufficient EMP to halt every
functional electric powered civilian-use device. Electric water pumps included.
Ditto, communications and replacement part services. Hmm ?

What happens when all the water runs dry? Alyssa and her brother are about to find out.

In true Shusterman style, this book gives us snapshots of what's happening around the main characters as well, giving us a full picture of this water crisis. Relevant and timely, it's even relatable to what's currently happening.

The only reason this isn't getting 5 stars is because the ending felt too nicely wrapped up for me. With everything that happened in the book, the resolution almost came too quickly. For me, it didn't seem to quite fit with the rest of the story. But other than that, and engaging book sure to make you want a drink after you get done reading it.

Jul 05, 2020

The story is about Alyssa and Garrett, brothers and sisters, trying to survive in Southern California without any water flowing in from the taps. The author portrays humans as being selfish and violent when they lack resources to survive. The characters are fully developed, and the plot is really engaging. The story is fast-paced and doesn't feel dragged out. The only draw back is that there is not really a message in the book, but the entertainment is worth the read.

Aug 24, 2019

Maybe I'm biased as Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors but I adored this book. I was a little scared going in as I did not like the main character but WOW does she has some character development going into the book. All of the characters had such unique personalities and were all thrilling to read their thoughts and in their mind in the event of tragedy. I enjoyed this book very much.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 09, 2019

A service-ably compelling teen dystopian thriller. Southern California looses access to water and chaos ensues. I wanted it to be as amazing as "Unwind" and it wasn't that...but it is entertaining.

IndyPL_ErinM Feb 25, 2019

This teen thriller is scarily relevant to today. What could happen if water taps went dry?
A note on the writing - This is a fast-paced, engaging novel. The writers rapidly switch between different characters points of view. Although these are labeled, I found the rapid switching disruptive.

Jan 25, 2019

I found this book just ok. The plot progression follows that of those 'fortunately/unfortunately' story lines for kids, but without providing any sort of character development. It's a quick read, but it's not one that will stand out on any best of year list.

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

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.

spl_teens Nov 19, 2018

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?
It didn’t.
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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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

”When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.”

Feb 25, 2020

“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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