Monday, November 25, 2019

Book Review: Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Book: Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Genre: YA contemporary-ish sort of
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

This is the story about what might happen if suddenly there is no water coming out of your taps when you turn them on. This is what happens to this family, and these kids. One day, no water. It is contained to an area in the LA country  but a lot of people are affected. 

First everyone goes to Costco to buy water, or in other words, to fight over the water there. That makes people last a day or two. Then they hope to figure out a way to turn the ocean water into drinkable water. But that fails too.

Our two heros... the girl and the boy next door, end up together trying to stay alive. They pick up a few other stragglers on the journey and together they make a band of unlikely survivors. Our boy is from a family that actually HAS prepared for such an event, though it targets them in the neighborhood which is also not a good thing.

But these kids end up trying to find the bunker that our boy's family has built, and yet... that is not easy either and they come up against one obstacle after another after another after another.

Oh man, it's disheartening to see a portrayal of how fast society will come screeching to a halt should something like this ever happen. Martial law was declared within days and so so many people suffer and die. It's really eye opening.

And wow, but by the end of it I knew it would be awhile before I took my casual drinks of water for granted. And still, nearly a month after reading it, whenever I guzzle a huge tall glass of water I think... wow... this water is AMAZING! I was even having dreams about being thirsty! 

So, I loved it even if there were harsh moments in this story. It was very page turning and nonstop "action" ie. things that happened from second to second to keep you on the edge of your seat. It was fabulous. 

P.S. Neal Shusterman is coming to the local library in a couple of weeks. I'M SO EXCITED!


  1. No water would be a serious problem here in the desert. We have several barrels of stored water and a swimming pool, but still ... YIKES. I can see why the idea gave you nightmares!



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