Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
This was an intense page-turner that captivated me from start to finish. It was horrifyingly real, but filled with heart and soul.
I love how the authors told the story from multiple points of view. It starts out with Alyssa narrating what life is like during an intense drought. Things intensify when the water stops flowing from the taps. They call it the Tap-Out and most of the characters thought it would just be a temporary thing. But when it drags on, things go from bad to worse.
We depend on water freely flowing from our taps. Just imagine what would happen if that resource suddenly dried up. Or if you can’t imagine it, read this book as the authors tell a story that hits close to home. This feels like it could actually happen.
I read a story about the opposite topic where there was such an intense cold that everything was frozen and the city completely shut down. Of course, water wasn’t the only concern there, but the results were the same. Neighbours turned on each other, small cooperative groups emerged, and everyone had to fight just to survive.
The cover of this book is brilliant in its simplicity too. You will appreciate it when you finish reading it. While this book might belong to the YA genre, it is accessible to all readers, and it just great fiction. If you are looking for something to read, why not give it a try?
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