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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 best-selling 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’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life - and the life of her brother - is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

©2018 Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

What the critics say

"Multiple narrators and alternating perspectives underscore the volatility of this speculative story... The narrators ratchet up their pacing and intensity as the characters face increasingly grueling challenges, turning this survival thriller into a white-knuckle listening experience." (AudioFile)

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AMAZING!

Great narration, story came together well and will stay with me for a long time. definitely one of the best books ive read/heard in a while

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  • ~☆Ashelina☆~
  • 2018-10-13

Worth any readers time!

I have followed Neal Shusterman ever since I came across the series "Unwind" a couple years ago (which is a must must read for dystopian & science fiction lovers!). If you enjoyed that series and writing style, you will like this book. For those of you that found the Unwind series a bit too cringy, you will not have a problem with Dry. I have a feeling this may be a stand alone and I hope that isn't the case. The only downside is that it ends so soon. The narration is very well done and the writing is great. If you're searching for a really good post apocalyptic read and are an adult (like me lol) that doesn't mind reading YA, then this is definitely the book for you (IMO). Even if you don't read any YA this is still an awesome read if you're looking for something in this genre. Overall I would recommend this book to any fiction lover!
Sincerely, ~Ashelina~ ;)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-06

Amazing Way to End the Year

Man this was a great book and it came from a YA author!! Neal Shusterman is an amazing author and his son Jarrod is following in his footsteps. Even though I've read Scythe and I've read Thunderhead, none of them gripped me like Dry. The whole cast was brilliant, their voices made the characters feel so real. Jacqui is best girl, no doubt. This is one of my favorites books of the year and I hope it gets made to either a mini-series or a movie by the end of 2020. Good job to the Shustermans and good job to the cast, you all did a brilliant job.

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  • Erik D Plumber
  • 2018-12-13

made me appreciate water

water the giver of life, we take it for granted. sometimes. fun story, hope it doesn't come true

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  • Brenna Wilson
  • 2018-11-08

Literally the scariest book I have ever read!

Shusterman knocks another one out of the park! I loved everything about this book. Shusterman weaves his magic and creates characters you care about, that make you feel things you want to talk about and share with everyone you know!
This latest masterpiece hits home for me, set in Southern California, paints the picture of humanity at its worst while brilliantly illustrating the best parts of being alive. What happens when there is no more water? How long does it take for thirst to turn you into a monster? What are you willing to do for a life saving sip? Are you prepared for the Tap Out?

If your new to Shusterman , stop what your doing and buy all his books right now! The most throught provoking author in the genre! You won’t be sorry!
Amazeballs!

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  • Kamz
  • 2018-10-22

Loved it

This book made me realize how big of a sap I am. Tearing up at certain points and rejoicing with the characters. These characters were real to me and their grief was my grief.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 2018-10-05

Stunning and Sobering

This book held me captive; compelling story and terrifying in the level of believability. Highly recommended.

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  • Susan
  • 2019-05-07

decent

like all his books it was great but was missing something like it could be more

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  • FlinkMarmot
  • 2019-04-27

Good story, wish the protagonist had died though

This is an interesting tale about one potential impact of climate change and political fighting amongst the states. The interactions between the characters are for the most part believable, though the characters are caricatures. The decline of civilization into feral behavior seems to occur in about 36 hours which seems a stretch. The annoying parts, however....let me list a few:

Main characters are teenagers who talk like 50-year-old psychologists with minors in philosophy. Many pithy statements are made as they deal with extreme crises. Even when extremely dehydrated and facing a forest fire, they utter deep thoughts about humanity.

I kept hoping protagonist Alyssa would meet an untimely end, due to her goody two-shoes deliberations and extreme moral stances over everything. Not to mention the grating vocal fry of the voice narrator.

With the exception of one family, everyone in California seems to have had extreme trust in the federal government even as the agriculture dried up over the years. Then they were shocked, shocked to see the feds turn authoritarian as they triaged the situation. I can't see this happening in California or any other state for that matter.

The book sets up for a sequel or series. I'd love to have another book with this premise but told from a longer timeline and broader area, with adult characters.







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  • Cort Crandall
  • 2019-04-09

Great book

This was a fun read/listen. I liked the book and the narration. I want more books like this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-07

Great story, raw, compelling, and frightening

I loved the differentiated narration and point of views... this was a frightening, yet realistic, view of humans losing their humanity and finding it again. I couldn't put it down!