Date Published: October 1, 2018
Book Author: Jarrod Shusterman, Neal Shusterman
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Imagine a world where every drop counts... literally. In "Dry," the taps run dry in Southern California, plunging the region into a catastrophic drought known as the "Tap-Out." As society crumbles and neighbors turn on each other, the desperate search for water becomes a matter of life and death.
The story unfolds through the eyes of multiple characters, each grappling with their own challenges and moral dilemmas. From rationing to looting, from hope to despair, "Dry" paints a harrowing picture of humanity's resilience and fragility in the face of an unprecedented crisis.
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As the water crisis intensifies, our protagonists find themselves in a race against time to secure a source of water. They stumble upon a rumored neighborhood with a secret water supply. However, upon arrival, they discover it's heavily guarded.
The climax sees a confrontation between the desperate residents and those guarding the water. In a twist of fate, the government intervenes, bringing water trucks and restoring some order. But the scars of the Tap-Out remain, and the characters are forever changed by their experiences, reminding readers of the fragile balance between civilization and chaos.
Alyssa: A typical suburban teen who becomes a pillar of strength. Values family, as seen when she tirelessly searches for her younger brother amidst the chaos.
Kelton: The neighbor prepared for disaster, having grown up in a survivalist family. Values loyalty, evident when he sticks by Alyssa’s side despite the dangers.
Garret: Alyssa’s younger brother. Innocent and trusting, he values the safety of his family, shown when he clings to Alyssa during their perilous journey.
Jacqui: A tough and resourceful girl they meet along the way. Values self-preservation, but her softer side emerges when she helps the group find water.
Henry: A cunning opportunist. Values self-gain, demonstrated when he tries to trade information for personal benefits.
Survival: The extreme lengths people go to when faced with life-threatening situations, like when residents resort to looting and violence for a bottle of water.
Human Nature: The duality of human behavior, from acts of kindness to betrayals, as neighbors turn against each other in desperation.
Societal Collapse: How quickly modern society can disintegrate without basic necessities, seen in the rapid descent into chaos post Tap-Out.
Family and Loyalty: The bonds that tie people together, illustrated by Alyssa’s unwavering commitment to finding and protecting her brother.
Moral Dilemmas: The tough choices individuals must make in dire situations, such as Kelton’s internal struggle between his survivalist training and his growing attachment to the group.