Dry by Neal 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’t take long showers.Until the taps run dry.Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her lif...

Details Dry

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

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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    In all honesty Dry freaked me out. It is so scary real and if you look at climate change this book can one day be a scary reality for many parts of the world. I got a copy of this book at BookExpo and I quite honestly knew nothing about it butt I saw the cover and was really intrigued. Though I didn't love this book I am still glad that I read it, it was extremely thought provoking and really got into my head.
  • Lisa Brennan
    Compelling and captivating. Profound and prophetic. DRY is a first-rate survival story perfect for fans of LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, THE RULE of THREE, and MONUMENT 14. Set in the not-too-distant future, a drought reaches cataclysmic proportions government-promised work-arounds lead to epic failures. While the story is grim, it is equally gripping. Shusterman constructs characters who are affable, interesting, and relatable to unravel a portrayal of ho...
  • Tabea Vanessa
    So this was everything I wanted and more! Absolutely fantastic. Naturally I had high hopes after Scythe and Thunderhead and man did this book go above and beyond to fulfill those.My favorite thing (other than the great writing) was: the plot starts on page one. No 350 page setup without any story happening (hello three dark crowns...), no getting to know the characters so deeply you think you‘d recognize their colon in order to confuse the read...
  • Amy
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.This was amazing. I devoured this book and can not WAIT to get it into the hands of my students. I think they will love this story. All of Shusterman's works are very popular, but this is even more intense since it is a story that could be happening right now.Southern California has been in a drought and it has finally reached a boiling po...
  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    THIS WAS TERRIFYING AND SO INTENSE. As usual, Neal Shusterman knows how to get in your head and really make you reevaluate so many things.
  • Griffin
    Did you think you would ever read a dystopian book again after all the ones you plowed through in the earlier part of this decade? I didn't. But here I am, thanks to Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, plowing through a dystopian YA novel in a single sitting, in 2018.What truly sets this apart is that you're watching the world fall into chaos - you don't start after sh*t has hit the fan. You're there as the taps first go dry, as people turn postal, as ne...
  • JM Cabral
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars"As far as authority is concerned, calm people quietly dying is a lot easier to deal with than angry people fighting for their lives."The first time I’ve heard of Dry was only during Book Expo 2018. (I’m not a fan of Neal Shusterman yet and so I don’t really take the time to research him and his books, although I recently purchased Scythe and Thunderhead and am now waiting for them to arrive.) A lot of the people I f...
  • Lisa Wolf
    This father/son-written novel starts at a point not so foreign to our world today -- a drought in California that's gone from bad to worse. Water restrictions have been in place for a while. Lawns are brown, swimming pools are empty, and the Central Valley, California's agricultural hub, has become a new Dust Bowl.As the story opens in a Southern California suburb, Alyssa's mother turns on the kitchen faucet, and nothing comes out. Is this the re...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    AMAZING INTENSE SURVIVAL STORY. I'm sorry, but I have so much to say. So sit tight and grab some popcorn as I try to process everything I just read. I remembered holding my breath during the last few chapters or feeling quite anxious for the characters. While the story had been engaging, the writing can be dry at times. Then again, considering the subject matter, I think the authors did a pretty good job in portraying a dystopian novel where wate...
  • Kate Olson
    😱 my biggest fear 😱Shusterman earned my heart with his Arc of a Scythe series, so I have had my eye on this one since the moment it was announced. The premise of a near-future YA dystopian tale of a water shortage in Southern California is EVERYTHING I want from him......and DRY did not disappoint.Anyone who knows me knows that I have water with me always. I carry a case of bottled water in my car, I have a water bottle in my purse at all t...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Simon Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating: 3.5 / 5Dry is an intense and terrifying story that takes place in a world very similar to our own. It touches into a real-life problem that might become a reality in our near future. While reading this book, I really thought and saw the world differently and how my decisions might impact the environment.— writingThe au...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I had high hopes for this one. I love Neal Shusterman, and this is his first co-authored book with his son. The setup was fascinating. What happens when people run out of a necessary resource such as water? It was like a partial dystopian but something that could actually happen, which makes it even more scary. The first third of the book, with the setup of the world and the situation, I was totally in it. The characters were interesting and I wa...
  • Isabel
    love u neal shusterman
  • Jenni Frencham
    Shusterman, Neal. Dry. Simon & Schuster BYR, 2018.California's drought has continued for years now, and when neighboring states block access to the Colorado River, suddenly everyone's water is gone. No water from the tap. No toilets. No showers. And inevitably people begin panicking. The government and the talking heads on the news assure Californians that they will be fine, that help is on the way, but it is taking a very long time for that help...
  • Dany
    I had severe issues reading this.While I appreciate the story and how cinematic it was... I was not able to connect to any of the characters and, honestly, didn't care if they survived or not. I think that the most important aspect of the book is the great call-out it is and it gives an amazing and realistic idea of what can become of us if we ever face a situation like the Tap-Out, which we need to be aware that can happen and will happen if we ...
  • Shayna
    I received an advance copy of Dry at Neal and Jarrod's signing at BookCon 2018. I LOVED the cover and the premise and couldn't wait to read it.This book is very different from others I've read from Shusterman (Scythe, Thunderhead, Unwind). Instead of being fantasy-based or crazily dystopian, this is a very realistic view of what might happen if the water supply was cut off to a large population of people. In a panel at BookCon, Shusterman discuss...
  • Chelsey
    Southern California has been on water restrictions for years, but when the Tap Out starts and millions of people are cut off from water, nobody knows what to do. Almost no one has prepared for a total lack of water, meaning people have roughly 3-4 days before their bodies completely shut down. Alyssa is just trying to keep herself and her brother alive until their parents come home, while Kelton and his family have been prepping for something lik...