Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

The warning signs have always been there: don’t water your lawn, don’t fill up your pool, and limit your time for showers. But no one in Southern California could have predicted the day when the water simply shut off. During this so-called “Tap-Out”, Alyssa is trying her best to survive with her family as no actions are being taken to turn the water back on. But when her parents suddenly disappear while going to look for water, it is up to her to take care of the people she holds most dear. With the help of her crazy prepared neighbor Kelton, and some friends met along the way, will Alyssa find her parents? But most importantly, will she be able to outlast the Tap-Out?

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Yet another dystopian/apocalyptical book! Dry was absolutely fantastic, and I was on my toes the entire time. Shusterman did a fantastic job making you second guess how your human nature would be impacted in an crisis, and who the good guys and bad guys really are. The twisting road this book led you down on was insane. While I cannot say this about many other books, I genuinely had no idea what was coming next or how the characters would get out of their current predicament. In addition, I thought the concept and execution of this book was very good. One of the things we take most for granted is water, and this really makes you think about our privilege! Especially because many people around the world face water insecurity, it’s important to remember to be grateful, and I think this book was a great reminder. I’m not sure about you guys, but if you have ever read a dystopian novel, do you try to guess how you would act in the main character’s dire situation? I do for sure; let me know down in the comments if you do too! Overall though, I could not stop reading Dry, and it’s definitely one of the best dystopian books I have ever read!

Thank you so much for reading! I really highly recommend reading this book, and checking out Neal Shusterman, because he also has a couple other great reads! I’m sure Jarrod Shusterman has other great books as well. I am trying to go back to posting every 2 weeks, and let me just say, some great new 2021 reads are coming out soon! Make sure to stay tuned for those. Be sure to check out the usual links (purchase Dry on Amazon and read about Neal Shusterman, the author of Dry, on his website) down below! Unfortunately, Jarrod does not have his own website. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share this blog post/recommendation if you know anyone who would enjoy this book or any others I have written about. Have a great couple weeks!

-your fellow book lover

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Hannah’s Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars


  1. Ok Hannah. You got my attention with this one and I promise to read it. I have to admit that I had to find out what dystopian literature is. Then having just come through 4 days without water, this book very suddenly got my attention. I will let you know what I think. Thank you for a very exciting review.

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  2. Hi Hannah, you might recognize me from the previous comment on your more recent post. I was just astounded by your dedication to reading that I absolutely had to comment.

    When you said it kept you on your toes, do you mean that you were reading standing up? Was it really uncomfortable to stand tippy-toe like the swan in that ballet? I, a simple person, only sit on a chair or even occasionally lie down when I’m reading. It’s much too difficult for me to both focus on standing and reading. You know, first things come first.

    And, most certainly! I have already liked the post and commented, evidently. But I will share this post with everyone I know! It’s truly incredible. A work of art, if I do say so myself. I’m so glad to hear that the book was not dry, as the title and even cover might indicate. Were you able to get in a quick sip of water here and there, as well?

    Your most admiring fan (actually an air conditioner), who is truly concerned about your health and hydration.


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