In our collection, I have labeled this book as Dystopian; but really, it is Realistic Fiction. The events in this novel absolutely could happen and that is what makes it so disturbing.
Dry takes place in modern day Southern California. Water restrictions have been put in place because changes in climate patterns have caused a severe drought. People have been asked not to use water frivolously: no watering lawns, suggested limits on shower times. But, the tap still runs and the only real inconvenience is the outrageous cost of fresh produce.
Then, the Governor of Arizona decides to stop the flow of the Colorado River from reaching California, hoarding the water for his own state, and the taps in Southern California run completely dry.
Most people are NOT prepared for a "tap-out." Most people do not understand how much danger they are really in.
Alyssa and her family are a typical suburban family. They have a few water bottles in the fridge, some gatorade, but they certainly did not stock up for a national emergency. Her parents, little brother, Uncle, and dog all need water and there isn't enough to last a day.
Their neighbors, the McCracken family, are a whole other story. They have been preparing for an apocalyptic event for years. They have gallons of water in reserve, ammunition, security fencing- the works. Their teenage son, Kelton, has been preened as a "prepper" his whole life.
But when the world goes to Hell in the blink of an eye, even the best laid plans may not be enough. Sometimes survival comes down to a combination of determination and pure luck.
Neighbors turn on neighbors. People who thought they were good become ruthless. Others find the inner-hero they did not know they were. Humanity loses the guise of civility as the primal need to hydrate overshadows reason.
And, in the end, there is no logic behind who lives and who dies.
There are just those who find water and those who do not.
5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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