DRY! A realistic novel for many ages!




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


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 war zone 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.


I tried to get this book for review on NetGalley, but I missed it by a day.

I downloaded a sample, and was hooked!

Fair warning, grab a cold pitcher of water before you

start reading!



I am not a big water drinker (I know, shame on me), but I have drank more water the past few days than I have the past three months.

With the environment in poor shape these days, and with Flint, Michigan and other places not having access to water, this book seems way to REAL!

Droughts, water line breaks, water shortages…

Several years ago, there was a leak of a chemical from a tank in poor condition, that leaked hazardous chemicals into our water.

We all had to stop using water from the faucet immediately.

It happened while I was downtown, so I thought I would run into the store and grab a few cases.


Stores were out of stock, the local stop n’ robs…everywhere was empty.

Nothing was available.

I went to my office building, and raided the drink machine for bottled water.

We had a little bit of bottled water and home and a few gallon jugs in our deep freeze, but we didn’t know how long the water would poisoned.

Thankfully, I did find some bags of ice and my cousin who is in the National Guard was able to bring us two cases.

To this day, we still don’t believe the water is clean.

This experience made us think, just as this book will make you think.

We are not full blown Preppers, but we before Winter, we always winterize our cars, and stock it with items in case we would get stuck out unexpectedly.

Since we have harsh Winters here (or used to), we do have a camp cook stove and other supplies to get through a long power outage due to a blizzard.

(We plan to get a generator soon)

But, our supplies would not last beyond a storm.

This book makes you realize how immediate and urgent things can become.

It is well written, fast paced, and very believable.

This book is great for Teens, Young-Adults and us “grown-ups!” 😉

I hope you enjoy!

And remember, have water ready before you start reading!



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