Book Review: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 16 and up

The characters of this book made me extremely uncomfortable but the idea behind the story itself was good and actually feasible given the climate change occurring right now. The book was also a little drawn out and the characters became very predictable towards the end, which took away from the halfway decent climax of the book.


Alyssa isn’t unfamiliar with drought; she’s been living in one for a while now. Long showers and gardens are a thing of the past with water rations enforced throughout the country. But when the water stops entirely, Alyssa’s whole world is turned upside-down.

Her parents go to find water for the family and never come back, leaving Alyssa in charge of defending her house against looters and keeping her brother safe. But when her house is broken into and the town she lives in falls captive to gangs and robbers, she must leave with her brother to somewhere safe.

Alyssa’s creepy neighbor offers them refuge in his safe house that is a few hours away and she accepts when he claims he has no ulterior motive. But the journey to the safe house is a treacherous one and in a world without water, there are no guarantees…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Dry

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