Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
- Blurb: Everyone’s going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry.
The drought—or the tap-out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while. Life has become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don’t panic. But now there is no water left at all.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a war zone of desperation and violence. When her parents go missing, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive.
- Review: This book was a pretty slow starter for me, until around the half way point when I couldn’t put it down. We follow along from the different perspectives of the several young people who come to form an unlikely survival group. Alyssa who I would label as the ‘main character’, her little brother Garrett who actually isn’t that annoying, Kelton the nerdy kid from next door whose parents have been preparing for the apocalypse for years, Jacqui the slightly older run-away and Henry, the preppy confident rich kid. Each of the characters were likable in their own way and go on to discover things about themselves under these extreme circumstances that might change them forever. Some of the characters decisions were questionable but really, who knows what you would do differently in those situations. Reading this book made me feel very guilty every time I drank bottled water and puts a different perspective on the things we always take for granted, that we presume will always be available to us living in more privileged areas. The scary thing reading this is the possibility of it becoming our reality at some point in the not so distant future. Start hoarding those water bottles now people.
Paperback: 399 Pages
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars