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Dry Run

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Survival requires sacrifice.

In climate-ravaged Texas Territory, kids don’t live long enough to become adults. Joe has beaten the odds — at the price of his body and soul. For years, the smart, resourceful nineteen-year-old has been the star runner at sex tourism hotspot Flights of Fantasy. But he dreams of leaving Texas — and everyone in it — far behind.

Then a blue-eyed, b
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Awl Collaborative Press
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Joyfully Jay
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


Dry Run is an action-filled book set in a dystopian world. It’s clear from the start that the world has changed and the characters here have a bleak existence.
Joe lives in the south. He has one main reason for wanting to go north, but there are many issues that he faces living in the south and he wants out. Although he knows it would be dangerous for him to attempt to head north, he truly wants to leave his life as a prostitute behind. He was on the streets for y
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Sara (BookshelfSOS)
This book is like Westworld meets Holes, and I’m 100% on board with that.

Joe works for a sex tourism company that offers to fly in rich tourists and fulfill their weird, forbidden fantasies. For some reason, a lot of those fantasies involve long, elaborate foot chases. Like, seriously. They run for miles before they “get caught” and the john gets to act out the rest of the fantasy. Not anything like my idea of a good time, but ok sure.

Almost immediately, Joe ends up being assigned to train De
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Pamela
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read Dry Run in a single day. An earlier review called it binge-able, and I agree. It’s also steamy, suspenseful, tender, broadminded, and openhearted. I’m impressed by the way the the author Lolly Walter creates a story that moves along at a steady clip, while also including difficult subjects like prostitution, racism, rape, coercion, gayness, cruelty, and the sacrifices we make to survive. Walter somehow weaves in complex themes without dragging the pace or snagging the momentum of the stor ...more
Amber
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recommend reading this book having no idea what it is about. Why? Because the author masterly unfolds the plot and it is a joy to be surprised that many times. Binge worthy read.
H.L. Moore
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In a not-too-distant future where the climate has wreaked havoc, it's everyone for themselves. Joe, nineteen but wise beyond his years, is a survivor and the de-facto leader of the employees at Flights of Fantasy, a sex tourism company where rich white tourists from the north pay for an exclusive service. Joe is the top-rated "runner" alongside his partner Bea. But when a new recruit arrives, Joe is shocked - Devin is blond, blue-eyed, and absolutely gorgeous, and Joe sees Devin as his ticket to ...more
Kou Namiya
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that this book was quite dark and mature themed, with a lot of terrible things happening or being hinted at. The characters are likable and well fleshed out, as is the world, even if we get barely a glimpse of the rest of the world, outside of the deserted south where rich northerners apparently go for kinky sex tourism now.
Really, my only problem is that I didn't feel Devin's change from acting like a stuck up homophobe to admitting himself being gay and allowing himself to love a man
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Kaila
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was amazing.. a page turner.. fast paced and so much fun to read. i loved it.. and it was wonderful
George
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Nice dystopia kind of messed up escape, ran on a bit here and there. Not too severe, nice gay romance
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