Dry by Neal Shusterman


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 of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don...

Details Dry

Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fiction

Reviews Dry

  • Emily May
    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 ha...
  • 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 thi...
  • C.G. Drews
    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/s...
  • April
    I can definitely see this becoming a movie.
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    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!
  • Kat
    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 of...
  • Valentina
    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...
  • Emma Giordano
    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 r...
  • Iryna semi-hiatus (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...
  • Mandi
    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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!!!! 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 ⭐️...
  • Alexandria Ang
    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 ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart 3.5 StarsDry 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, Shusterman’s writing is really great.  The pacing is good and I was engaged ...
  • 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!
  • 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 of...
  • Chelsea
    I’ve never been so thirsty while reading a book.
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    It didn’t have that Shusterman magic that always has jaw dropping but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
  • Jenny Baker
    Are all of Neal Shusterman's novels this entertaining? If so, I must read more of them. This felt so realistic. If you're thinking about reading this, I highly recommend the audiobook.
  • Deborah Embury
    "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 bi...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding witch)
    ★★★★★I'm speechless. RTC
  • 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 ...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    One of my most anticipated books this year is Dry since it was written by my all-time favourite author, Neal Shusterman. And tell you what, it didn't disappoint me. Hah.I'm used to how Shusterman writes a novel so this wasn't a shocker that he's doing again the multiple POVs of characters in this book. Introducing his characters and revealing their selves, their intentions, their purpose in the story making it clear to readers that they are not j...
  • 'Cila
    4.5 Stars
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Dry is a fun and refreshing read.
  • Karen’s Library
    Well that was quite a ride, Shustermans. I’ve never been so thirsty as I’ve been the entire time I was reading Dry. This was a scary foreseeable future that is not far from being possible. I live in Arizona and we have been hearing threats for years about possible water restrictions being set in place, similar to what happens in Dry. In Dry, California runs out of water. As in, the water stops coming through the faucets. Nothing, nil, notta. ...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    I'm still amazed the ending wrapped up... maybe not "well" per se, but that it did at all. Maybe a little too quickly? Then again, maybe that's me being nitpicky. So besides giving me the extremely visceral reaction of needing constant hydration while reading... This definitely goes on the shelf of "that-could-actually-happen-and-it-terrifies-me". Alongside books like NOT A DROP TO DRINK and ASHFALL (both of which I heartily recommend if you've r...
  • Justine
    3.5 starsA better than expected near future disaster book based on the extremely likely possibility that California is fast approaching a new era of extreme fresh water shortages. Everything that can go wrong for the main characters pretty much does. The thing that makes stories like these so frightening is the realism injected into them, something Dry does pretty effectively. My reading of this was made even more grim by recent "news" from the U...