Book Review: Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Hello everyone! Today I finally post this book review. Yes, after receiving it at Christmas, I have finally gotten to it in January. Thank god! This was a book I actually attempted to read in March, but I DNF’d it! I decided to pick it up again since I’ve been on such an amazing reading kick, I figured why not. 4 stars is pretty good in my book, and I’m very glad I didn’t keep it on my DNF’d list for very long.

Title: Dry

Author: Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Pages: 390

Format: hardcover

Genre: young adult, dystopian

Publication Date: October 2, 2018


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,

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.

  • The fear – The fear I have now of not being able to reach water is honestly terrifying. Definitely kept a bottle of water near me while reading.
  • Jacqui – LOVED her character. She was the best one out of all the others we saw. She was rebellious, brave and just overall badass.
  • Originality – I’ve never really seen a YA book like this, nor read one… so I loved the originality. Really creative.
  • The writing – Okay, so I finally get why people are saying Neal’s writing is really good. Of course he wrote this with this brother as well, but WOW! It was really easy to read. It took me about 4 hours to finish it in total, but it didn’t even feel like that! Time really did just fly by!
  • Characters were hard to decipher between one another – Definitely one of the big problems I started to notice was that the characters were practically impossible to decipher. When you’re reading from multiple point of views at multiple times… you have to have really, really well developed characters. I am known to not like books with more than 3 perspectives… and this had about 10. Counting the snapshots and all of course.
  • Some snapshots were kind of boring and confusing – Some were very intricate to the story, so you still needed to read them… but some were just boring and I didn’t really care for it.
  • Second half of book was losing it’s energy level – The first half of the book had me pumped and I was flying through it! The second half? Let’s just say it definitely lacked that energy it had in the beginning.


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