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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  16,777 ratings  ·  3,736 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,

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
Hardcover, First Edition, 390 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jasmine realistic fiction, there could easily be a large drought like that
in a few years - especially since we have under 11 years to turn climate change…more
realistic fiction, there could easily be a large drought like that
in a few years - especially since we have under 11 years to turn climate change around before it gets out of control.
It could easily happen.(less)
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
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
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
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,
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!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely see this becoming a movie.
~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~  ☾
”When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.”

FORMAT READ: Audiobook
SIMILAR VIBES: The 5th Wave, The Darkest Minds
READ FOR: post-apocalyptic road trip, thought provoking
READING LEVEL: Level 2-3 out of 5

*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise*

OVERALL: 4.75/5

I know a lot of people don’t really like this book compared to Neal Shusterman’s other works but I actually really loved this. I did have a different expectation
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
Yusra  ✨
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
a disclaimer that my biggest disappointment is @myself for taking a month to read a book by Neal Shusterman.

look, it wasn’t bad at all. it was just so... boring to get through at times. and this is coming from someone who loves the way Shusterman builds suspense. but in Dry I just didn’t feel that same connection to the plot or the characters.

the premise was obviously amazing + very scary (in a way) to read about. especially considering how real the concept started to feel; Shusterman didn’t
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2019
loved the fast-paced, panicky beginning, but it lost momentum around the halfway point, and my interest along with it.
Kayla Dawn
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was quite a fast and entertaining read and it definitely made me crave water like crazy whenever I was reading it. Sadly I was insanely disappointed by the ending (the reason is in the little spoiler section further down, can't really say what bothers me without spoiling, sorry lol)

*spoilers ahead*

Man, y'all really need to start killing your characters.
The "shooting themselves" would've been a great ending. But nooooo... of course it had to be a happy one. Ugh.
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 ...more
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 ...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,
Whispering Stories
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a really well written title with a rock solid premise – California has run out of water. Everyone sort-of knew it was coming but was sure that there would be some plans in place to make sure that nobody would suffer once the taps stopped working, this was their biggest mistake.

The story follows to lives of a group of kids from very different backgrounds and how they cope in this disaster. Alyssa and her brother, Garett, are from a normal
Iryna *Book and Sword*
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
L A i N E Y
I feel illogically guilty about the amount of water I drank while listening to this book. I’m a huge water consumer daily, and I mean HUGE, like 4 liters of just plain water alone, so this drought end-of-the-world scenario is THE WORST NIGHTMARE FOR ME!

If I was in these characters’ shoes, this book would have gone much much much different than this. For one thing, it would have been entirely in diary form and there would be no conversions between me and anyone at all period.

I don’t get why
Emer (A Little Haze)
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.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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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
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.
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 ...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,
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
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve never been so thirsty while reading a book.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
See ya, I’m just popping to the shop to stockpile water obsessively! Or I could just stand outside and drink the rain, since water is always falling from the sky here

I’m exhausted after reading this! And thirsty! I had a drink in my hand the whole time reading this book, almost to reassure myself?!

I cannot wait to see this on the screen, I’m so excited that it will be a film, as the whole time reading, I kept imagining and visualising it as either a film or a tv show! It was such a great plot,
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as dnf
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-copy, hc
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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-love-with, 5-stars, ya
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.
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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 ...more
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