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Dry (2018)

por Neal Shusterman

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A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.
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An incredible idea, all the more so for it's terrifying plausibility: in the near future, California loses access to the Colorado River and various reservoirs, leaving inhabitants with, literally, zero water. The government, not having correctly anticipated the crisis, takes too long to respond and sets up inadequate relief camps while most people fend for themselves.

Shusterman does a good job portraying how this affects various people in various areas (the power plant manager was a personal favorite - kind and dedicated) with his snapshots, but mainly focuses on Alyssa, her brother Garrett, Kelton, Jacqui, and Henry, who find each other out of necessity.

Each character had a unique perspective on survival (Alyssa was compassionate but pragmatic, Jacqui was selfish and pragmatic, Kelton was ready, Henry was an opportunist [which was SO FRUSTRATING, but there truly are people like that everywhere]... Garrett was really the only underdeveloped character) that ended up being necessary for the group. I loved the McCracken arc- they were truly prepared, but quickly became a target in the neighborhood and were unable to successfully ward them off. And Kelton's brother really screwed them over, living in the bug-out and depleting their resources before they needed them and then not identifying himself when entering the house! ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
A scary book because it's so plausible. Following a prolonged drought, the water stops flowing in southern California -- the Tap-Out, which eventually leads to power failures and the utter inadequacy of governmental contingency plans. Neighbors turn on each other, and everyone wants help from the "weirdos," who were always preparing for Doomsday. Sadly, the characters were not compelling although I liked Jacqui best due to her greater complexity than the rest. Neal Shusterman's other books are way better. 2.5 stars rounded up. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Not as good as the other book I've read by this author [b:Scythe|28954189|Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)|Neal Shusterman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1456172676l/28954189._SY75_.jpg|49179216], but it was alright. I wasn't a fan of all the character perspectives nor the snapshot sections, but it was fun to read once I got into it. It's definitely convinced me I'm never going to move to Califonia, not that my Canadian self can function at temperatures above 25C anyway.

I felt like while it was solid in its idea and goal to warn people about how necessary water was, there was so much missing and left unanswered when it came to this being a story and not just a PSA. First off, [Author:Erik Walter]'s [b:The Rule of Three|17934467|The Rule of Three (The Rule of Three, #1)|Eric Walters|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1375932352l/17934467._SX50_.jpg|25142329] did the whole municipal Darwinism and the neighbour turning (or allying) with the neighbour thing a whole lot better than this. It was also paced better too. This book just jumped around a lot and the tension didn't rise as the story progressed int he same way The Rule of Three did.

Also, the ending was disappointing. It just sort of finished. I would have liked to see how it all ended, the behind the scenes of it all. I was left with so many unanswered questions and am not satisfied. I guess one could argue that it was intended because if you don't have water your not satisfied, but again that goes with my point that this book was prioritizing beating the reader over their head with the message instead of showing it through a compelling story.

Also, Hunter sucks. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
Told from the varying perspectives of the young main characters, Dry explores what could happen if southern California ran out of water. In this all-too-realistic fictional work, readers can find a critique of the ineffectual attempts of the government and society to ensure that clean water is available, and imagines the harrowing scenarios that play out when that water disappears.

Compelling and relatable characters avoid fitting in to stereotypes (smart girl, prepper, dropout, deceiver). "Snapshots" of scenes and people outside the narrative lend an additional layer to the story. ( )
  TAPearson | Jan 25, 2021 |
The drought in California has gotten severe and then Arizona cuts off access to the Colorado River and all the taps are dry. The great "Tap-Out" is initially not taken seriously by FEMA who is dealing with a hurricane on the East Coast. After all, footage of a hurricane is a lot more interesting than a bunch of thirsty people.

This book follows several different characters and switches the 1st person POV between them. I found myself having to look back to see which character I was following because the voices weren't quite different enough. Despite the confusion, the book is a compelling read as the characters deal with one crisis after another in search of enough water. The authors did a good job of showing all the different things people will do in a crisis and in a fight for survival. A good read that will motivate you to take shorter showers. Or become a doomsday prepper. And have a bottle of water nearby while reading. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
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