By Neal & 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.

Blog Discussion: In the book Dry, Alyssa makes tough choices to stay alive. Discuss specific points in the book you would have made a different choice, and explain why.

Don’t Forget: In the box for Name, type in your first name, last initial, English teacher’s name, period you have English, and your school (all in a row with no spaces or punctuation). It will look like this: HarryPDumbledore6Hogwarts

If you liked Dry try reading:

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Rating: 5.9/10 (11 votes cast)

3 thoughts on “Dry

  1. The book “Dry” is about a drought that hits California and the state has no water. The main Character Alyssa does not have a lot of water with her and she needs to find a way to survive the situation. After her parents did not come back one day, she decided to go out of her neighborhood to search for water. Meanwhile, her smart neighbor Kelton and his family were already prepared for the situation and they have plenty of water. However, in the book, the author portrays the family as being greedy and not sharing their water, when in reality, they worked so hard to get the water and they are not about to give it to greedy people who did not even try to prepare for the situation. Also, they are mocked as being overly prepared and not helping the community, when in reality, their family tries to help the neighbors be self-sufficient for the situation. People in her neighborhood think that people need to work together to solve the situation, but in reality, they just want to steal the water from someone who worked so hard to obtain it. This book is to spread a political message that personal achievement is not good, and people need to be in a collective society to succeed. All this created is more chaos in an out of control situation. For example, people literally stormed a power plant to steal the water from it, but the water was used to keep the plant cool so it will not melt down. This is a clear example of mob violence. In conclusion, this book is to convey a political message while talking about Alyssa’s story. I rate this book two stars.

  2. This book has me paranoid about water. Something as simple as water. No joke, when I started really getting into this book, I had to look at all the bottled water in my fridge to reassure myself.

    I especially liked how this book addressed the point of views from characters with drastically different backgrounds, like Alyssa, Kelton, Jacqui, and Henry. The depictions of how quickly society can lose control in a crisis truly made me rethink how our own country is governed.

    As for the discussion, I wouldn’t have brought that backpack to the community meeting. I felt like that was stealing from Kelton’s family, and it only caused their entire house to be ransacked. Then again, who would’ve expected that to happen?

    I rate this book a full five stars, it was a great read, and is definitely worth a person’s time. I love Jacqui!

  3. This was a good book. It was really an eye opener on how the population is dramatically increasing and the water problems that California and many other states may have in the future.

    I will have to admit that at times this book did make me thirsty. I mostly read on the bus so by the time I reached school I had already drank most of my water! I really like the way Neil Shusterman expresses the characters’ thirst.

    Out of all the characters, Jaqui was definitely my favorite. Her “snappy” attitude and independent personality really helped her take lead and get what she wanted (mostly). At the end, her bravery and determination helped her get the water.

    I also really liked how the author showed each characters point of view. I was very curious to know what each character was thinking of each other.

    I would rate this book four stars. The author could have given more background information about Brady. When he died I was not very “sad” because I didn’t know him very much as a character. If the author had a section about Brady’s point of view I would have been able to connect to him more as a character.

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