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Dry

Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Summary

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 best-selling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

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.

©2018 Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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"Multiple narrators and alternating perspectives underscore the volatility of this speculative story... The narrators ratchet up their pacing and intensity as the characters face increasingly grueling challenges, turning this survival thriller into a white-knuckle listening experience." (AudioFile)

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Dry

I loved this book! Truly, both, amazing and inspiring. "Remember when the taps ran dry"

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Dry

loved this book even though it was written for younger readers. I found it hard to stop and actually read it in 3 days.

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Performance was a bit 'dry'

As someone who's lived in SoCal and enjoyed the lack of rain I found this to be a great premise for a story and knowing the locations for the story made it all the more enjoyable. I must have been spoilt on my recent books because I just didn't 'get' the narrators; I found them unengaging and felt the story would have had more power to it with better voice actors. Luckily the story line is very engaging and it makes the book well worth listening to.

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  • ~☆Ashelina☆~
  • 13-10-18

Worth any readers time!

I have followed Neal Shusterman ever since I came across the series "Unwind" a couple years ago (which is a must must read for dystopian & science fiction lovers!). If you enjoyed that series and writing style, you will like this book. For those of you that found the Unwind series a bit too cringy, you will not have a problem with Dry. I have a feeling this may be a stand alone and I hope that isn't the case. The only downside is that it ends so soon. The narration is very well done and the writing is great. If you're searching for a really good post apocalyptic read and are an adult (like me lol) that doesn't mind reading YA, then this is definitely the book for you (IMO). Even if you don't read any YA this is still an awesome read if you're looking for something in this genre. Overall I would recommend this book to any fiction lover!
Sincerely, ~Ashelina~ ;)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-18

Amazing Way to End the Year

Man this was a great book and it came from a YA author!! Neal Shusterman is an amazing author and his son Jarrod is following in his footsteps. Even though I've read Scythe and I've read Thunderhead, none of them gripped me like Dry. The whole cast was brilliant, their voices made the characters feel so real. Jacqui is best girl, no doubt. This is one of my favorites books of the year and I hope it gets made to either a mini-series or a movie by the end of 2020. Good job to the Shustermans and good job to the cast, you all did a brilliant job.

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  • Erik D Plumber
  • 13-12-18

made me appreciate water

water the giver of life, we take it for granted. sometimes. fun story, hope it doesn't come true

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  • Brenna Wilson
  • 08-11-18

Literally the scariest book I have ever read!

Shusterman knocks another one out of the park! I loved everything about this book. Shusterman weaves his magic and creates characters you care about, that make you feel things you want to talk about and share with everyone you know!
This latest masterpiece hits home for me, set in Southern California, paints the picture of humanity at its worst while brilliantly illustrating the best parts of being alive. What happens when there is no more water? How long does it take for thirst to turn you into a monster? What are you willing to do for a life saving sip? Are you prepared for the Tap Out?

If your new to Shusterman , stop what your doing and buy all his books right now! The most throught provoking author in the genre! You won’t be sorry!
Amazeballs!

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  • Kamz
  • 22-10-18

Loved it

This book made me realize how big of a sap I am. Tearing up at certain points and rejoicing with the characters. These characters were real to me and their grief was my grief.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 05-10-18

Stunning and Sobering

This book held me captive; compelling story and terrifying in the level of believability. Highly recommended.

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  • Cort Crandall
  • 09-04-19

Great book

This was a fun read/listen. I liked the book and the narration. I want more books like this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

Great story, raw, compelling, and frightening

I loved the differentiated narration and point of views... this was a frightening, yet realistic, view of humans losing their humanity and finding it again. I couldn't put it down!

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  • S. Reeves
  • 26-03-19

great story and good narration

I listened to it in one day. There never was a point where I wished the book would finish.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-03-19

What??

Now, I know this book can be a very real possibility, but over all I found myself questioning why everyone rated this five stars. The characters were boring, annoying and very illogical. They’re bland. I grew quite annoyed with all the characters except for Jackie because she seemed to be the only character with enough depth to warrant her personality.

There are many other loose ends that I get were not explained. How Herb was found and how he survived, and how somehow the lake (arrowhead?) had enough water to put out the Forrest fires but yet, not enough to give people to drink? I dunno. I was hoping this book would be as good at Scythe but I was disappointed.

I guess the only good thing about this book is the fact that I drank more water while listening to this than I did before. And makes me think perhaps I should stare up some water bottles just in case.