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4.1  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 Ratings  ·  575 Reviews
Listening time 11 hours 6 minutes

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 tu
Hardcover, First Edition, 390 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Stefanie Magee Magnuson 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)
Stefanie Magee Magnuson Yes! Agreed!
It is a book that sticks with you, too. Because it could really happen. Frightening!

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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 wi
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 ne
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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely see this becoming a movie.
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!
Yusra  ✨
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
release day TOMORROW i’m so ready for thisssss
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 h ...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 a ...more
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 act
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 good as I thought it would be, unfortunately. Which k
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
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 helples ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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, Shusterman’s writing is really great.  The pacing is good and I was engaged the entire book.  It was hard to put down and I finis
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as abandoned
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.
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!
May 18, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read
I really want to read this. I can just tell it's going to be phenomenal.
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 officially run dry. Neighbors begin to turn on each other and chaos is rising across t
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It didn’t have that Shusterman magic that always has jaw dropping but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve never been so thirsty while reading a book.
Jenny Baker
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"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 bit dry. The book plays out exactly how the synopsis
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 just background characters. I like how Shusterman d
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dry is a fun and refreshing read.
Karen’s Library
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. How much water do you have right now in your house? En
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 read this one and not those). But enough comparison
Nov 13, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, in-english
DNF @33%
(for now)

I don't feel like reading it right now. I'll come back to it later.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
3.5 stars

A 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 UN indicating that the unequivocal reality of fully
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story about what humans become when their hearts and conscience run as dry as their swimming pools.

I wanted to say that Shusterman is the king of (incredibly realistic) dystopian stories, but then I realised there are two of them now, so I'll just let them reign over the fandom the way they like. After all, I'm only here to rave about this story, another gem I was delighted to read.

Dry is what Unwind was quite some years back - a glimpse in the metaphorical mirror of humanity.
And one m
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio-book-2018
4 - 4.5 stars

This was CRAZY. I would love to think I would survive in a situation like this but who knows. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars was because of the odd characters introduced in the middle of the story. The placement felt off. I did seriously enjoy this survival story otherwise.



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I’m going to start this review by saying I am going to struggle to properly express how I feel about this book. I like
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, especially as I did not particularly like any of the characters. And it was only at the very end that I realized I had become a little fond of Alyssa and Kelton.
The Shustermans lay out an interesting scenario of how people would react to a sudden no water situation in the Southern California area. People display everything from altruism all the way to violent, entirely self-centred behaviour. The four teens we meet through the book disp
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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 movi ...more
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