By Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, a group of teens is forced to make life and death decisions in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman.

Read a sampler of the latest book by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and his son, 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 take long showers, don't panic. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406386851
  • Published: 04 Oct 2018
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 416

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Customer reviews


'No one does doom like Neal Shusterman (Thunderhead, 2018, etc.)—the breathtakingly jagged brink of apocalypse is only overshadowed by the sense that his dystopias lie just below the surface of readers’ fragile reality, a few thoughtless actions away ... Mouths have never run so dry at the idea of thirst.' Kirkus Reviews

'... the palpable desperation that pervades the plot as it thunders toward the ending feels true, giving it a chilling air of inevitability.' Publishers Weekly, starred review

'“A pacy, gripping read which combines snarky teenage dialogue and concerns about friendship, family and the future with the heightened emotion of facing the apparent end of your world.”' Press Association Syndicated Review

'“I thoroughly, thoroughly, thoroughly, enjoyed this book. It was captivating, it was honestly terrifying. […] I loved this book so much, it was dark & shocking at times, it made me think deeply about our society’s values and the current state of our world and I love that Neal is highlighting these issues in his books. He is slowly becoming one of my absolute favourite authors.”' Bibliotales

'“This book was so thought-provoking, it made me think a lot about what we currently value and the things we take for granted.”' Bibliotales

'“Dry by Jarrod and Neal Shusterman is a gripping, frighteningly realistic dystopian YA about what happens when the water runs out. Halfway through and I already know it's the best dystopian I've read for years!”' YA Under My Skin

'“This book was so good! As I was reading it I was getting scared as this sort of thing could happen these days! [...] If you love survival books like myself, then you will love this book!”' 5 star review from Kitkatscanread

'“It’s actually quite terrifying because you could imagine this happening with what’s going on in the world [...] terrifying, terrifying, terrifying but just fantastic.”' Bald Book Geek

'“An absolutely electrifying story that looks at the many sides of human nature and the lengths that people will go to survive in a world that suddenly turns upside down.”' Tales Before Bedtime

'“Every time I pick up one of Neal Shusterman’s books I’m simply amazed by how intense and thought-provoking it is and this book was no exception.”' Carti Cu Colti

'“Read Dry, be thrilled by it, then try to do something about it. For all our futures.”' Geek Dad

'Terrific, well-written novel about California running out of water. Couldn't put it down.' Stephen King

'“This story sucked me in from the very first page and I found it nearly impossible to put it down. […] Father and son writing team Neal & Jarrod Shusterman hit the ball out of the park on this one & I'm definitely going to be watching out for any future collaboration between them.”' Feeling Fictional

'“I got completely swept up in this powerful story.”' MiniTravellers.co.uk

'Dry tells a story where water has disappeared and the unravelling of the social fabric that follows. The book chronicles teenage Alyssa’s attempt to protect both herself and her brother. Now that youth have become climate leaders, Dry’s protagonist feels eerily relevant.' Gizmodo

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