Dry

Dry

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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 : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481481960
1481481967
9781481481977
1481481975
Branch Call Number: YA SHUSTERMAN
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shusterman, Jarrod - Author

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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.

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KatG1983
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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crayolabee
Jan 24, 2019

Cli-Fi for kids! Well, teens. (Definitely not kids.)

A solid apocalyptic disaster story, for those who are into such things. It has much more action than character development but that's to be expected with a thriller like this.

One warning: this book WILL leave you thirsty. I can definitely recommend reading it in a bath with a drink nearby, or else you may start getting paranoid about your own water supply...

jujujetplane Jan 24, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. Fast paced, emotional, action packed, and just a fun time from start to finish. It really had me rethinking the doomsday prepper mentality I’ve always scoffed at.

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Wordsy
Jan 24, 2019

A catastrophe story that seems a little too believable for comfort. When the California drought reaches catastrophic proportions and there is simply no more water for anyone, chaos ensues. It becomes a world of haves vs. have-nots in a deadly way. This reminded me a bit of Life as We Knew It (which I loved), and was a page turner, for sure. And it definitely got you thinking about what you would do if you were the master of a resource everyone wanted. Things tie up a bit too tidily for me, but I suppose there's nothing *really* wrong with a happy ending. :-)

VaughanPLShelly Dec 11, 2018

This gripping fictional novel about a massive drought in California will leave readers with chills. I highly recommend it for anyone who is increasingly worried about environmental disasters.

spl_teens Nov 19, 2018

Please see the Summary section for a full review of this book.

JCLShannonG Nov 14, 2018

This was a tough read, but I loved every minute of it. What made Dry so interesting (and at times, scary) was how real it was. This story of a catastrophic drought that turns Southern California into a warzone could potentially happen in real life. I found myself asking what I would do in that situation more than once.

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. 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. A harrowing survival tale you don’t want to miss.

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Lady_Librarian
Nov 05, 2018

While this isn't my favorite Shusterman book this is still a good read. I really like that it's not a series. Nothing wrong with series but I'm still waiting for the release date for the third book in the Arc of a Scythe series (by Neal Shusterman) and the waiting is killing me. I would say some of the character is this book are a little annoying/whinny but it's a quick read. Good for people who are still into dystopian books and fans of Shusterman.

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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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