Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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So the irony with this book was that it arrived in a hurricane. This book about no water was physically soaked through by a tremendous rain storm. After several rounds with a blow dryer and placing it under a pile of heavy stuff to flatten out for a few months, I was finally able to get to Dry, a YA dystopian by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman!

In Dry, water has become a scarcity, and panic ensues when people realize that it is no longer readily available. Riots break out, and friends and families turn on each other as days go by. When Alyssa's parents set off to try to find water and don't return, Alyssa has to take control of the situation to ensure that she and her little brother survive.

Unfortunately I did not love this one. I think the Scythe series wrecked it for me, since that series was so good and I didn't think this one matched it in quality. Page after page I found myself cringing at the decisions these kids made. Many plot points in this book did not seem plausible to me at all, and overall it was more annoying than entertaining. I was pretty happy to be finished when it was over. 

I do think the concept was really good, and definitely something we could see happen in our lifetime. I also thought this was an interesting discourse on human nature, our survival instincts, and how we as a society handle disaster. But that wasn't enough to save the rating from the poor characters and plot line.

Also, this book made me hella thirsty.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman! This YA dystopian is out now!


  1. I love your reviews but don't think I would love this book either. I appreciate your honest opinion

  2. great review, shame you didnt love it.

  3. Great honest review. Hope your next read is better.

  4. I 100% agree with your review. I received an ARC of this book and still gave it 2.5/5 stars.

  5. Thanks for the honest review. It's a shame you didn't enjoy this one. I enjoy never read anything by this author but I've heard lots of good things. I did manage to pick up Scythe when it was free on Kindle so maybe I'll try that first.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  6. Bummer! You had to go through all that work to fix the book and then it let you down. Sorry!

  7. Oh no. How disappointing that it arrived soaked through! I would be so upset. I’m glad you salvaged it though.
    The book doesn’t sound that interesting to me either. I think I would have struggled to get through it.

  8. Oh that's a shame that it didn't work out for you. That's the one drawback when another series has been done really well, aha. It did make me laugh at the irony of how it arrived. Great review!

  9. Great review. One of the reviewers on my blog is currently reading this book. Waiting to see what she things as she read the Scythe series too.