Reading: Dry by Neal and Jarred Shustermann

The taps run dry in California and the most unimpressive group of kids set out together to find their parents, water, and answers. Such a nice premise, but it turned out a waste of time.

Reading History

First Read: January 11, 2022 - January 13, 2022
Reading Counter: 1
Rating: 3- Okay (if that...)

Summary & Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I really wanted to like this story. I started reading the book while living in the Netherlands. Some fancy author person I looked up to at the time—it's probably a bad sign that I can't remember who it was—recommended it as one of the best reads of the year. I had high hopes. And the cover was so pretty!

But, as much as I liked the idea of the story, the characters and plot were lacking from the start. We follow boring YA characters, a group of kids with little character development, though struggles that somehow never really become real. And in the end, after going through a lot, they almost die from dehydration, but a plane drops water on them from the sky. They achieve nothing at no point, the bad dude gets celebrated as a hero, and most people return to normal like nothing ever happened.

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.