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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,997 ratings  ·  1,946 reviews
When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

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
Hardcover, First Edition, 390 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Stefanie MagMag I don't think one is better than the other. If you are a Shusterman fan you will like it just as much. Different subject matter, but just as eye…moreI don't think one is better than the other. If you are a Shusterman fan you will like it just as much. Different subject matter, but just as eye opening. Maybe even more so, because what happens in this book could actually happen. Yikes. My favorite is still the Unwind series, though.(less)
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Emily May
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Only now do I see how dry his lips are. Not just dry but parched and chapped to the point of bleeding. None of these kids look right. Their skin is thin and almost leprous gray. The corners of their mouths are white with dried spit. And the look in their eyes is almost rabid.

It's unsettling how utterly convincing this book is. 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
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
C.G. Drews
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am actually so so thirsty right now. 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
Christina - Traveling Sister
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5, I really couldn't decide, this is definitely a 4.5 but I'm rounding up because Shusterman is amazing stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

So I’m sure everyone has imagined end of the world scenarios before. I’m not sure what clocks in at the top of your “oh hell no” list but for me its running zombies, nuclear winter and HAVING ABSOLUTELY NO WATER. Just the simple idea of not having good ol' H2O makes my mouth water and I reach for my cup. Well, that’s exactly the sit
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as someone who spent the first 22 years of their life growing up and living in the middle of a desert, droughts are not something new to think about. if anything, conserving water is second nature to me. but this book takes it beyond anything i have ever experienced, to an extreme that deeply frightens me, to an ever-looming reality.

true to classic shusterman style, this book delivers a ‘what if?’ situation and creates a ‘now what?’ story. and i think thats where this book gets its strength, fr
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely see this becoming a movie.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Emma Giordano
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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”

Dry 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
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
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 ...more
Yusra  ✨
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
release day TOMORROW i’m so ready for thisssss
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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It's been awhile since I picked up a book I didn't want to put down. This was a page-turner. It's set in the near-future and is about a drought-to-end-the-world-droughts in Southern California. It's been years and people can't water their lawns or fill their swimming pools up. But one day, the taps run dry, and it's suddenly life or death.

We don't know what is going on around the rest of the country because TV stations, radios, compute
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
3.5/5 stars

Well I started this book in the late morning and now it’s late afternoon and I have finished. The fastest I’ve ever read 390 pages.

So I resolved to dedicate the rest of 2018 to reading only fantasy books (adult mostly, with one or two YA thrown in). But for Dry I made an exception because when Shusterman writes a new dystopian I must read it!

This was an impossible to put down read, definitely, but it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, unfortunately. Which k
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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Most of us take for granted that when we turn on the faucet, the water will flow. However, what happens if it doesn't? What if it's not just one sink in your house but all of them? What if it's not just your house, but every house in your neighbourhood and for miles/kilometers around? What if there's nowhere to go to get that which is most vital to life? With increasing climate change comes increasing drought. Usually water conservation laws are put into effect, limiting non-necessary water usag
Well... It started out with such promise and ended up as a giant mess. Initially this was a very well paced YA that had a fascinating hook... But the further and further I got into the book the more annoyed I became.

Biggest flaw... Poorly devised characters. Mostly stereotypes, no truly authentic personalities.

Second biggest flaw... Too many points of view were used to tell the story. I have no qualms about multiple PoV novels but this one failed dismally because no one PoV sounded unique. Ins
Alexandria  Ang
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about the harrowing effects of climate change? Fuck yeah. Finally, even modern Young Adult literature is calling attention to the most important environmental issue of our decade that won't just affect one certain group of people. Oh no, climate change is coming for us all. Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman's all-too-real portrayal of the amplified effects of climate change is horrifying and upsetting. You will feel mad. You will feel sad. But most importantly you will feel so helples ...more
I had so much fun reading 📖 this book. I love 💕 Shusterman books and this one was a winner too. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the friendship and how they worked together to survive. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!!!! ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Kindle daily deal $4.99. It isn't my favorite of Shusterman's works but different strokes for different folks and all.

This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

3.5 Stars

Dry is a dystopian ecological disaster story based a little in fact and a lot in what if.  It loosely reminds me of one of those blockbuster movies like 2012 and San Andreas where some things are just a smidge too over the top but you let it go because that is the movie you knew you came to see.

As usual,
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
This book kept reminding me of H2O. It's the same general idea but instead of a a drought, it's a sci-fi poisonous rain. I'm my opinion, this book did it much better. (Sorry, Virginia Bergin! 😐)

The idea of this book is honestly one of the most terrifying dystopian plots I've ever read. With most dystopias, the book is set far ahead in the future but this book is set in the near future. Possibly even the present *shudders*

Now, I know there are some people that say the book is totally unrealistic
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Recommends it for: those not tired of the natural disaster formula
It appears I've had my fill of natural disaster novels for teens. This just isn't holding my attention in any way. All story beats and characters are too familiar.

Hate to compare YA to adult novels, but Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife was a much more interesting story about climate change and water shortage crisis.
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
T/W- Scenes of violence, murder, death, gun use

This is my first time reading a novel written by Neal Shusterman and holy heck, it was creepy and very edge of your seat experience! This YA Dystopian is set in the US state of California, where the main character Alyssa lives. Life is mainly good until the day that a water crisis hits and the taps all get turned off. Soon, everyone is hunting down for any drop of water that they can find, some brutally more than others. When things reach breaking p
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve never been so thirsty while reading a book.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hc, signed-copy
Freaking awesome book.

One scrap of advice. Have water next to you while you're reading.

This is the kind of story that literally will terrify you. No need for ghosts or monsters. Human nature and the will to survive makes people into monsters. It also brings out the good in some people. It's scary trying to imagine which kind of person you would become in this situation.

This book was seriously terrifying. I tried imaging what I would to protect my daughter and myself in a situation like this. And
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
This book was so good!
As I was reading it I was getting scared as this sort of thing could happen these days!
I LOVE books about survival, and this one had adventure.
I really enjoyed all the characters and how they came together.
As this book has been optioned for a movie, I look forwards to seeing how the movie turns out.
If you love survival books like myself, then you will love this book!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, ya, in-love-with
This book was amazing.

It was realistic and showed, what I would imagine, to be a true representation of what might actually happen if we didn't have access to water.

Highly recommend this book.
May 18, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read
I really want to read this. I can just tell it's going to be phenomenal.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It didn’t have that Shusterman magic that always has jaw dropping but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Deborah Embury
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"Dry" has solid writing and a very timely premise, dealing with current environmental issues pertaining to water use. There are some good family aspects I enjoyed; it's nice to see a YA novel where the families feel thought-out and realistic. I read this book in just a couple of days, and I think that is a true testament to both Shusterman's ability to keep a reader interested in the overall outcome.
That being said, "Dry" is...well...a little bit dry. The book plays out exactly how the synopsis
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 Stars
“It’s so quiet now,” I say. “It almost makes you forget what’s out there.” “Nothing out there but people,” Henry points out. “People can be monsters. Whether it’s just their actions, or whether it’s who they really are, it doesn’t matter. The result is the same.” … “Sometimes you have to be the monster to survive.”

Southern California is desperate for water, but there’s nothing left and the tap has officially run dry. Neighbors begin to turn on each other and chaos is rising across t
Kira Thebookbella
If there was ever a book that inspired me to stock up on water, this is the book. This was so realistic and really resonated with me. Neil Shusterman is really good about adding just the right amount of gritty details to make the story line pop out of the page. Having co-wrote this with his son, Neil Shusterman explores a potentially fatal future that will effect everyone.

This book actually starts off with the acknowledgements, but this is done with good reason. This first line is dedicated to
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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“...and I realize that this is the true core of human nature: When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.” 6 likes
“As far as authority is concerned, calm people quietly dying is a lot easier to deal with than angry people fighting for their lives.” 6 likes
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